Spices, Oils & Vinegars Cabinet Reorganization


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If you, like me, love an organized system in your kitchen, then this is the tutorial for you!

Our “spices, oils and vinegars” cabinet is probably the most used in our kitchen. We don’t have the luxury of space in our cabinets so that, plus the frequent use, often results in a disorganized cabinet. I took it upon myself to try and fix that!

This journey started a couple of years ago when I purchased 2 sets of 24 glass spice jars and doodled the spice name on the fronts in white oil-based Sharpie marker. Using the same jar for all spices allowed them to nest well together and maximize the space in the cabinet. However, since we use the spices so often the marker didn’t hold up well and it became tough to identify which spice was which.

To update, I purchased waterproof sticker paper for my inkjet printer and designed mini spice labels to print out and stick on each jar. The waterproof element is important because, working in the kitchen, you’re bound to splash or spill liquids on your labels and they’d be ruined in an instant if they weren’t waterproof. I used Adobe InDesign to layout and design my labels, but you could do this in Canva, Word, Pages or any other layout program you feel comfortable in. There are also tons of downloadable or printed labels on Etsy, too!

On my labels, I included the order in which I wanted the spice to fall (smallest numbers would live toward the front of the cabinet and would be our most used), the spice name and the spice category (staple, specialty or baking). The beauty of customizing your own labels is that you can include whatever information you’d like to keep yourself as organized as possible while suiting your cooking style. In addition to creating a chronological order for our spices, I designed a cheat sheet that lives on the inside of the cupboard door so we can find the spice we’re looking for without having to completely empty out the cabinet and hunt through every jar. This helps us keep everything in order because it has a designated place.

One other thing you could do to customize your jars further is to spray paint the silver lids. If you do this, make sure the paint doesn’t get on the inside of the lid!

Since I organized the spices, it was only fair to organize our oils and vinegars. This was certainly not as crucial, as there are far fewer bottles and they are usually easier to locate, but the rabbit hole was open and being a little extra is fun sometimes!

I ordered 2 different size cruets from WebstaurantStore.com: 10 oz. and 17.5 oz.. I also ordered some Stainless Steel Free Flow Flip Cap Pourers separately for the 10 oz. cruets because I wanted all of the pourers to match (I told you, the rabbit hole was open!) If you decide to follow suit and organize your oils & vinegars, keep a few things in mind:

  • I chose these 2 sizes based on my cabinet size and shelf height. Your cabinet sizes may vary, so measure and check out some of the other cruet sizes before you order to make sure you get something that works best for your space.
  • It is recommended to store oils and vinegars in dark bottles/spaces (that’s why, often times, the bottle you purchase them in is a dark color!) That said, we aren’t chefs and the products we do have we use often enough and store in the dark cabinet, so I wasn’t too worried.

Like I did for the spice jars, I customized labels for the cruets. I measured the 2 different sizes to make sure the labels would fit properly and I included the type of product (oil or vinegar), oil or vinegar name and the smoke point for each oil or the category (staple or specialty) depending on which type of product it was.

Some other information you might consider including on spice, oil or vinegar labels:

  • Date of purchase or filling (this might have to be an add on label so you can change it when you need to)
  • Expiration or best by date (this might have to be an add on label so you can change it when you need to)
  • Dishes you like to use it for or that it pairs well with
  • Whether it’s organic or all natural
  • Ingredients if the contents are a blend

Happy organizing!

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