GreatKris.com Spice Jar Organization

Let me start out by saying I looooooove how my spice jars turned out! LOVE!

Kristina's spice jar organization!

I took the tips from various sites that recommended using canning jars. My initial intent was to use chalkboard paint and then write the names on with chalk or a liquid chalk pen. I did that and it was a miserable failure, so I needed to find another way.

I created my own labels for the tops. I have 3 colors. Green is for my mixes (‘mixed with love’), red is for peppers (‘sprinkle with care’), and blue is for everything else (‘sprinkle with love’). Only having top labels was perfect for the jars being stored in my spice drawer, but then I couldn’t see the names on the ones stored in my cabinet, so I also made matching labels for the front of the jars.

I originally organized my spices this way back in February. It’s now mid-August and I needed to make some labels for the mixes I’ve made. I thought I’d take some pictures as I did it.

Here is an unlabeled jar with chili powder in it.

Kristina's spice jar organization!

 

Here is the page I printed with the labels. They are printed on sticker paper: Avery® White Full-Sheet Labels for Inkjet Printers with TrueBlock(TM) Technology, 8-1/2 inches x 11 inches, Pack of 25 (8165) After much time spent with Google, I decided this would work best and it has so far! I even accidentally rinsed a lid off and it didn’t harm the label much.

Kristina's spice jar organization!

 

I used a 2″ hole punch to cut the lid labels out. The front labels are cut out with scissors along the inner white line.

Kristina's spice jar organization!

 

And here is the jar with the labels on it. Easy!

Kristina's spice jar organization!

These are the 6 jars I put labels on today.

Kristina's spice jar organization!

In my cabinet spice rack. Italian is empty because I use it all the time and I need to make more. If you notice on the Northwoods seasoning, there’s also a rectangular label near the bottom where I list what’s in it. I may do that for the other mixes or maybe a square label for the back with a recipe for the mix.

Kristina's spice jar organization!

Kristina's spice jar organization!

Here’s how I organized my cabinet when I first did this project. Ignore the lemon pepper, it was having an identity crisis. lol

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FYI, I also bought some of the plastic storage lids. A – they’re ugly! B – my drawer and cabinet smelled like spices! No thanks. Stick with the two lid approach. No odors get out, not even fennel seed.

There you have it. I hope you enjoyed this and maybe it gave you some ideas for your own home.

~ Kristina

I store all of my dried herbs and spices in 8 oz mason jars. Once I had them organized (I will post about that soon!), I was looking for a spice grinder to purchase for some of the blends I was putting together. That’s when I came across this helpful tip.

“Did you know that many, if not most, blenders can be used with a standard mason jar, or wide-mouthed mason jar?”

Tip: Blender and Mason Jar (Go there for pictures!)

I tried it out right away and it works perfectly with my Oster blender and an 8 oz regular mouth Ball canning jar. Not only is this easy and ideal for me (since I already store my seasonings in the jars) but it also saved me money. I’m so glad I found this tip!

Note: It works best if the jar is at least 1/4 full.

What’s in my spice drawer?

I prefer to know what’s in my food, so making my own spice mixes is ideal … and fun!

This is one of my absolute favorites. I go through a ton of it.

Homemade Italian Seasoning:

  • 3 tablespoons dried basil
  • 3 tablespoons dried oregano [I'm not an oregano fan, so I use 1 1/2 to 2 T]
  • 3 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Combine everything and then crush it a bit with the back of a spoon.

Homemade Italian Seasoning

What’s in my spice drawer?

I prefer to know what’s in my food, so making my own spice mixes is ideal … and fun!

This seasoning mix is SO unique and delicous. The flavor combination is wonderful.

Homemade Spicy Sweet Potato Fries Seasoning:

  • 2 T ground coriander
  • 1 T ground fennel
  • 1 T dried oregano (use any Mediterranean oregano like Greek Oregano or Turkish oregano, but not Mexican oregano for this.)
  • 1 T Aleppo Pepper (or use a smaller amount of cayenne pepper)
  • 2 T kosher salt [I use much less!]

Combine everything and grind into a powder.

Use 1 tablespoon of the seasoning mix per sweet potato.

Homemade Spicy Sweet Potato Fries Seasoning

What’s in my spice drawer?

I prefer to know what’s in my food, so making my own spice mixes is ideal … and fun!

Homemade Cajun Seasoning:

  • 2 teaspoons salt [NO! I use 1/2 teaspoon]
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)

Homemade Cajun Seasoning

What’s in my spice drawer?

I prefer to know what’s in my food, so making my own spice mixes is ideal … and fun!

Homemade Taco Seasoning:

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Homemade Taco Seasoning

What’s in my spice drawer?

I prefer to know what’s in my food, so making my own spice mixes is ideal … and fun!

Homemade Poultry Seasoning:

  • 2 teaspoons ground sage
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground marjoram
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely ground black pepper

Homemade Poultry Seasoning

What’s in my recipe box?

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Freezer-Friendly Homemade Pizza Dough

*Image from recipe page, not my own.

What’s in my recipe box?

condensedcreamofcelerysoup

Homemade Condensed Cream of Celery Soup

I love having this on-hand in the freezer.

*Image from recipe page, not my own.

What’s in my recipe box?

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Healing Cabbage Soup

*Image from recipe page, not my own.