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2 hours ago, MrsSquid said:

I am curious as to what people use to store spices.   Do you keep them in a rack or carousel, in a cabinet or drawer? There are so many options.

It varied from one rig to another. One had a built in spice rack so that was a no brainer. In one I had a pull-out pantry so they went on a shelf in it. In one I put all my spices into a clear-sided shoe box so I could more easily lift the whole thing out of a drawer when cooking. Like you said, "so many options.". 

Linda

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I have a drawer full of spices and seasonings. And, those that don't fit in the drawer go in the kitchen cabinet, along with the dishes. Sure, I could get by with just a few basic seasonings. But, we like to experiment with our cooking and eating, so we use a lot of different seasonings. I prefer to keep them in a drawer or cabinet so that they are not in the light, and so that they are not near the heat and moisture from the stove top or other cooking appliances.

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For spices, we have the IKEA drawer organizer and canisters in a cabinet, they're a good size. Keeping them in a cool, dark place preserves the flavor & intensity longer. I buy bulk and keep the extra that won't fit in the shakey bottle in a zip loc.

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On 4/29/2019 at 5:59 AM, MrsSquid said:

I am curious as to what people use to store spices.   Do you keep them in a rack or carousel, in a cabinet or drawer? There are so many options.

Keep your spices tightly covered and store them in a cool, dry place. Whole spices stay fresh for up to 2 years while ground spices have a 6-month shelf life. Store red spices, such as paprika and red pepper, in the refrigerator. They will hold their color and keep their flavor longer.

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YouCopia Spice Stack is what I use. The 18-spice one fits nicely in your cabinet. 
if I could figure out how, I would post a link to one on Amazon. Unfortunately I can’t seem to, sorry!  They also make bigger ones if you need one. I fit more than 18 spices, by using the older type of baby food jars. 

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Just for grins, look up storage recommendations for ground spices. Surprise, surprise, the recommendations are not RV friendly, especially about light and temperature degrading spices.

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1 hour ago, Ray,IN said:

Just for grins, look up storage recommendations for ground spices. Surprise, surprise, the recommendations are not RV friendly, especially about light and temperature degrading spices.

If you mount those racks on the inside of a cupboard or pantry you wouldn't have a light problem.

Linda

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17 hours ago, sandsys said:

If you mount those racks on the inside of a cupboard or pantry you wouldn't have a light problem.

Linda

X2       With ya` Linda

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On 8/31/2020 at 11:51 PM, sandsys said:

If you mount those racks on the inside of a cupboard or pantry you wouldn't have a light problem.

Linda

That just leaves the temperature storage range to control.

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17 minutes ago, Ray,IN said:

That just leaves the temperature storage range to control.

When we lived full time in a motorhome we always controlled the temperature, anyway, for our own comfort so I don't see spices being upset by temperature. Humidity, maybe, depending on where you are traveling.

Linda

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We found the older we get the less we cook via recipes.  We eat very simply  - the most involved are soups. Therefore, the spices get old before using much of them.  Buying a big spice rack would be wasteful for us.  Now we just buy a few basic ones, date them and replace those after a year or so.

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