How to get your spice and herb collection under control

Is your collection of spices and herbs out of control? Do you always reach for the same thing again and again? Are you having trouble remembering what’s hidden at the very back of the shelf?

If so, it may be time to do a Spice and Herb reality organising check!

Step 1) Take stock

Pull everything out and sort like with like. You may be surprised as to how many duplicates you have.

Step 2) How old is the stuff?

Over time, spices will lose their potency and not flavour your food as you hope. Check the expiry date listed but a general guideline is: whole spices will stay fresh for about 4 years, ground spices for about 3 to 4 years and dried leafy herbs for 1 to 3 years. Get rid of anything out of date!

3) Looking at a product, do you know what it is? If it’s not recognisable – ditch it!

Now, what to do with those items that you will keep?

Think about the best way to make the items accessible. It could be using jars, a rack or a tier shelf to stagger the labels. Make sure that the option you choose works for you and is functional over aesthetically pleasing (that’s the cherry on top!).

If this is something you don’t feel like tackling alone, you can always call on a Professional Organiser who will help in cutting the task in half.

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