Cleaning and reorganizing my spice shelf using a whole bunch of Ball® Mini Storage Jars has left me with a storage solution that is beautiful and easy to use!
This post is sponsored by the makers of Ball® home canning products.*
The week before Scott and I got married, my dad cut a hole in my kitchen wall and built a massive spice shelf into the space he carved out. As soon as he put the final shelf into place, I filled up those shelves with jars of spices and never looked back.
That was a little over 12 years ago now. I’m embarrassed to admit that in the intervening years, I’ve never taken everything down, purged spices, and thoroughly cleaned the shelves. I’ve spot cleaned on an as-needed basis, but it was just never a priority. However, lately I’ve been trying to tackle these small projects. It gives me a sense of accomplishment in season of life where there’s not a whole lot of that.
I started by pulling every jar, tin, and bag down so that I could see what I had. Once the shelves were empty, I took the boards down and scrubbed them in the sink. I wanted the cleanest slate I could get.
I discovered that I had three jars of oregano, another three of turmeric, and two of ground nutmeg (which is particularly weird, since I typically use freshly grated). Once I purged and grouped the various spices, I started decanting and consolidating. I used more than a dozen Ball® Mini Storage Jars for my smaller quantity spices. They hold 4 ounces and look like mini pint jars. They aren’t safe for canning, but they do a great job of keeping herbs and spices neatly contained and easily to hand.
I keep some spices in larger quantities than fit into those cute Ball® Mini Storage Jars, and so I also used a some Ball® Smooth Sided Pint Jars and a handful of Ball® Wide Mouth Quarts. I love how uniform everything looks. It’s a big step up from my previous hodgepodge of jars, boxes, and tins.
Having my spices cleaned, sorted, and organized feels amazing. I feel like holiday cooking and baking will be much more pleasant and satisfying this year than it would have been otherwise.
Do you have a cleaning project that leaves you with a similar sense of satisfaction? I’ve love to hear about it!
*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post that is part of an ongoing partnership with the Fresh Preserving Division of Newell Brands. They have provided jars, equipment and monetary compensation. All thoughts and opinions expressed remain my own.