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May 30, 2013

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When I posted this photo a few days ago, when I was discussing our incoming tile, I got a few questions about those jars hanging out under the cabinet on the left.
Those are Chris’s most used, favorite spices. The cabinet above them holds the rest–he has a lot of spices. We originally had a spice rack, one of the spinning ones on the counter which was really convenient, and popular because of their convenience.  But the downside is, they take up counter space. Boo.
From right to left: garlic powder, chipotle chili powder, smoked paprika, ancho chili powder, cumin, turmeric
We decided to install a magnetic knife strip (from Ikea) under the cabinet so Chris can still have his go-tos handy without sacrificing counter space and it has been working wonderfully.
The jars are from Target.  They had different spices in them, but once those spices ran out, we ripped off the label, washed them out and refilled.  These look kind of similar, and would work too, I’m sure.
We still have a few spots he can fill in, too. Definitely one of those, looks good-works good-we’re all happy, simple solutions.
Where do you store your spices?

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  1. […] folks from Chris Loves Julia used a knife rack mounted to the underside of a kitchen cabinet to hold jars of oft-used […]

  2. […] Under-Cabinet Spice Storage from Chris Loves […]

  3. Callie says:

    Classy! I did something similar with spice jars from the Container Store:
    (that post is back when I didn’t know how to white balance :) )

    The only complaint my husband has is sometimes he has trouble telling apart all the different spices because they’re not labeled…but they look so sleek I’ve been reticent to put on labels! What do you guys do?

  4. So smart!! I love that they are so close to the stove too.

    We used the IKEA magnetic spice holders which have worked out really well for us (though they are better for dried herbs than really fine spices)!

  5. LJ says:

    How does he store the ones inside the cabinet? Those always end up messy/cluttered at my house. The every-day spices are easier because you need them enough to keep them pretty. Great idea with the hanging though! We might have to steal that for our next place

  6. Jess says:

    Oh that’s an awesome idea! We’re getting ready to (finally) move the rest of our kitchen stuff into our new house this weekend and we’ve been debating where to keep the spices. Might have to try something like this for our most popular ones…

  7. Joy says:

    OK, so…

    A.Since you said they were his spices I assume that means your hubby loves to cook? I’m jealous already. (I kid of course, but really…PB and honey sandwiches are my man candy’s specialty.)

    B. I am in love with the hanging pendants over your bar! Where did you find them?!

  8. That’s a great solution! We have a spice rack on the counter, which is fine because we have plenty of cabinet space. But I wish it was a bit prettier haha.

  9. Loving this idea! Just might have to steal it.

  10. Love this idea! I store all my spices and herbs in labelled mason jars. They take up a whole kitchen drawer. It’s kind of cool to see the flavours your husband uses most often too!

  11. Kathy says:

    We have one of those narrow pull out cabinets that holds our spices. The only ones I keep out are the salt and pepper (for obvious reasons). The drawer is next to the oven though, which has me worried about heat possible destroying the spices, but so far, we haven’t tasted a difference. I would love to have all my spices in matching glass jars like yours… then I would hang them on the wall!

  12. Anonymous says:

    We too have a large amount of spices, when my husband built a wall to divide the fridge, he made built in shelves to hold all the spices. I have been told to store spices in a dark place to preserve flavor. We had put shutters on as doors, and later cardboard on the inside, so the spices would be in the dark. I would be lost without my spice cupboard! It is only deep enough to stack them along and everything is in alphabetical order.

  13. That’s a great solution.

    I have a spice cabinet that hangs on the wall. Makes me feel like a housewife.

  14. Whitney says:

    Spices are so beautiful – I love when they’re stored like this! My husband is Indian, so I’m trying to learn to cook Indian dishes. They use tons of spices and large amounts of them at that! We recently bought our first house and it has a real-life pantry. Ha! I’m itching to buy tons of glassware and redo my spice storage.

  15. Rydog says:

    I love this idea.

  16. Carly Cleghorn says:

    Could you update this post to include what kinds of spices are in those jars? Thank you, if yes!

  17. My hubby has a lot of spices too. Love your solution.
    I have a similar situation like you with the window in the kitchen. I don’t want to hang open shelving because it’s shorter than your wall. It makes it really difficult to figure out how to run the tile. Still haven’t decided :(

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