How To Create a Capsule Kitchen - The Spice Cabinet
Welcome back to the How To Create a Capsule Kitchen Challenge! Last week was a huge success and I cannot wait to see what this week brings! Keep up the good work and remember to share your progress on Instagram using the hashtag #pnlcapsulekitchen.
Week Two - The Spice Cabinet
Now that you have gotten your feet wet with this capsule kitchen concept and your pantry is rocking its new look… it is time to hit the spice cabinet.
We are going to use the same principals for this week’s area as we did for the pantry - get it all out, make a list, check it twice, put it back, and keep it going.
My first experience with cleaning out a spice cabinet came after my grandfather passed away. He was an avid cook and had a bunch on spices, herbs, and seasonings in his kitchen. as the sentimental, young adult that i was, I decided bringing all of those spices, herbs, and seasonings into my kitchen would allow me to feel close to him when I used them.
Man, was i wrong!
A shoved and piled and stacked these spices, herbs, and seasonings into a tiny kitchen cabinet that stressed me out every time i opened it. up! So I decided it was time to go through it all, see what was there and what I could do without.
It was not until this decision that i learned about spices, herbs, and seasonings having expiration dates! yes you read that correctly, they expire!
I ended up throwing out 2 trash bags full of expired spices, herbs, and seasonings absolutely nuts!
what i ended up with is a spice cabinet that is full of spices, herbs, and seasonings that I use all of the time, that I feel confident pairing together, and that really enhances my style of cooking.
Open up that jam packed spice drawer or cabinet and get everything out of there. Once it is emptied simply wipe it down with your favorite cleaner - mine is Mrs. Myers all purpose spray and grove co. walnut scrubber sponges.
The main goal here is to start with a clean slate.
Take a look at the spices, herbs, and seasonings that you use a lot and make a list of them.
this should be pretty easy to tell - you typically use them most times you cook.
for me this looks like:
Salt and pepper
old bay seasoning
everything bagel seasoning
I have a lot more than this in my spice cabinet, but these are my essentials.
Once you have your list done, it’s time to move onto the next step.
Organize it all.
First go through all of your spices that you want to keep and check their expiration date. Here is a good resource that will walk you through the ins and outs of “is this spice still good to use?”
If it is out of date - toss it! If it still in date but it is not on your list of essential spices - give it away! Ultimately you want to get any and all extra out of your house!
Now we want to get what we are keeping back into its rightful place.
It is imperative that you be able to see all of your spices, herbs, and seasonings when you open the drawer or cabinet. There are several tools that can help with this and my favorite is simply a riser for my spice jars - I will link to a couple at the bottom of this post.
I also like to ensure that I can get a measuring spoon into my spice, herbs, and seasonings thus I move them from their original packaging into a large mouth glass jar - i will also link to these at the bottom of this post.
the last part to organizing your spices, herbs, and seasonings is to ensure you know what is in the jar if it is not the original packaging. Because i use clear glass jars I will often use a black sharpie to just write the name on the outside of the jar.
there are also tons of printables that you can make yourself or get from etsy or pinterest should you want something a little more fancy! that choice is up to you!
The last step is to set up a tool to ensure you keep your capsule spice cabinet going. I like to keep a list taped to the inside of my spice cabinet door that has all the essential spices listed - when I run out of one that is on that list, I simply take a second to add it to my shopping list.
and there you have it - a perfectly curated capsule spice cabinet that will make seasoning your food so much more enjoyable!
be sure to post pictures of your progress on instagram using hashtag #pnlcapsulekitchen and I will see you back here next week when we go through the steps of creating your capsule Freezer.
bye for now!