I am not a creature of habit. I get bored too easily so I crave variety, whether it be in my workouts, music, blog posts, or meals. I cannot eat the same thing every week (though I do have a few go-to meals for which I always keep the ingredients on hand) so I try a lot of new recipes or play with the ones I’ve already tried. Because of this, I use a variety of herbs and spices.
Since I don’t want to fumble through dozens of spice jars to figure out if I have the ones I need for a recipe, I created a spice cabinet checklist. I keep it taped inside the spice cabinet door so I can see at a glance what spices I have on hand BEFORE I start sifting through all the jars.
I also use the checklist to help me restock my cabinet after a move. As a military family, we move every 2-4 years, which is when I go through and toss old spices or jars that are nearly empty. When we unpack at the new house, I use the checklist to create my shopping list to make sure my spice cabinet is fully stocked with the ingredients I use most often.
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I made a 2-page version of the checklist to keep in my personal cookbook. In the two-page version I added the cuisine/dishes each spice works best in so that as I experiment with new recipes, I have a road map to follow. I am not a trained chef so I need a reference sheet to remind me that tarragon works well with egg dishes or that caraway can add dimension to potatoes.
Excited about updating your spice cabinet now that you have my handy dandy checklist? Here are a variety of sets from Amazon to choose from:
Or, you can just follow these tips from Organized 31 to organize the spices you already have.
Be sure to check out these easy spice mixes you can make with the spices already in your cabinet that way you can avoid spending money on store-bought mixes. These also make great gifts!