Spices, seasonings, and more

The anticipation of growing my summer herb garden is starting to build for me this month.  I attended a gardening seminar a couple of weeks ago, and ever since the excitement of what I will be growing this year in my edible garden has stayed with me.  I always have my regular list of perennial herbs that I nurture every year, but add in a few other edibles, including vegetables, garlic, green onions, and a few tomato plants.

However, during the winter months, I have to rely on my kitchen cabinet of spices, seasonings and more.  I have finally admitted to myself that I must have an addiction, as I really love to try a variety of seasonings when I prepare our meals. I love my collection and have several favorites that I have acquired over the years.

My kitchen has three cabinets devoted to spices, seasonings, and flavorings.  My rolling rack contains a variety of salts, spices that are not used most days, and some baking decors.

My upper cabinet near my stove contains the spices I use most often for seasoning our meals.  Here I have a collection of salts, peppers, herbs, herbal blends, a variety of special blends, and some of my favorite mixes from Pensey spices.

I have found that using turntables in this cabinet has helped with the organization a great deal, as well as some boxes of spices organized by use which easily pull out to be accessed quickly.  I don’t buy my spices in large quantities, as I prefer to have fresh available all the time and would not use enough to justify large bottles of any particular seasoning.

I have a third cabinet for liquid flavorings and baking spices, along with more baking decorations.  Having an organized kitchen has helped me to be more efficient while preparing meals.  It has also helped me when planning to purchase ingredients for a new recipe, as I am able to easily check my current supply as I know where every one is located.

Springtime is a great time to get organized in the kitchen!

 

Organizing the kitchen

IMG_1658 Every day, I try to improve my process in the kitchen.  I firmly believe that having an organized kitchen helps me to enjoy all my cooking and baking tasks.  One of the best ways I find to keep frequently used seasonings at hand, is by having them gathered on a single dish.  I have a variety of peppers and a couple of salts.

Plus, I recently added a stainless steel flask that holds a dried spice mixture.  I like the look of stainless steel, and liked that this was a thin container that would fit on my small white dish.  I really don’t want to expand the size of this dish to take up too much counter space.

So, when I was asked to review this 6 ounce flask, my first response was “no.”  I really don’t drink whiskey and would probably never use a hidden pocket flask.  But, I decided that I could use this flask every day for spices and seasonings.  So far, it has been holding a spice blend that I use on chicken and fish.

This flask could also be used to house oil and vinegar when going on a picnic.  It is solid, air tight, and does not leak.  It could even hold chocolate syrup when traveling to a pot luck ice cream social. It could hold loose leaf tea.  I am all about using nice containers.  I am not the person to put a plastic bottle of ketchup or mustard on the table.  So, when going to a party, this might be the answer to transport some of those other types of ingredients in a nice way. Just an idea.

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