My spice cabinet is my favorite spot in the kitchen. First, no toddler can reach into it. Second, the possibilities of endless combinations of spices and herbs amazes me. So I like to keep this specific cabinet well maintained and organized.
When I first organized my spice cabinet, I had two goals in mind: accessibility and functionality. Thus, the spice cabinet is set up in a way that makes the most used spices closer to my stove. It also works because I have it organized based on type. Read on to see how I store and categorize everything.
The most top shelf are my bulk spices, mainly those Costco large containers. I love their garlic powder, organic no-salt seasoning blend, and their black pepper the most.
The middle shelf contains lesser used whole spices and blends. Some of these whole spices include fennel seeds, mustard seeds, sesame seeds, nutmeg, allspice, star anise, bay leaf, and so on. My bigger batches of homemade masalas (or spice blends) includes my mom’s chaat masala, nihari masala, and tikka/tandoori mixes.
Finally, the bottom shelf is the most used shelf so I tend to keep this well stocked and clean. Starting at the bottom row, I’ve got my favorite spices: black pepper powder, paprika, cayenne, garlic and onion powders, and cinnamon. Above that are some common desi spices like crushed coriander, crushed red pepper flakes, cumin, cardamom, clove, and whole cinnamon. The back row contains all my herbs like parsley, oregano, thyme, and basil. On the left side are also smaller containers with spices I frequently grind like garam masala and cumin.
Near the stove in large 16 oz. mason jars, I’ve got salt, red chili powder, turmeric, and ground coriander seed. These four are the most basic essentials to Pakistani cooking and I love how pretty they look on my counter.
And since I know many of you have asked: the small containers are from Ikea. The mason jars are from Walmart. I also use some clean empty Talenti jars on the second shelf (reuse, oh yeah!) because they stack well and have larger mouths to use bigger spoons with. The wire rack is from HomeGoods.
If you’ve got any questions, leave a comment below! I’d love to hear from you and I hope this really helps some of you with your spice organization.