Liz has a lovely spice rack which she refurbished beautifully 3 years ago. All her pots match beautifully. You can read about that here. My rack is inside the kitchen cupboard – full of randomly shaped jars.
Now Steph has moved out of rented properties with minuscule kitchens,into her own place, and she said she wanted to build up a proper collection of herbs and spices [and Kilner Jars!] I decided I could help with that.
At my recent conference, the breakfast marmalade came in little pots [always so useful] I picked mine up and then my friends, realising I was collecting, gave me theirs. I brought home 20 which I have washed and sterilised.
Now I have filled a dozen of them with a selection of spices from the stock in my cupboard. That should give Steph a good start. I labelled the jars with Bob’s P-touch labelmaker for a professional finish
Yes, the middle one on the bottom row is Sugar Shapes – but I had a huge tub, and Steph frequently makes cakes, so will enjoy using them. And I remembered to label the jars not the lids, because as Liz pointed out, with identical jars, it is easy to screw a top back on the wrong jar – and juniper berries and allspice, or cumin seeds and caraway seeds could be easily confused!
I took a tea-towel and used that to protect the jars and placed them inside a Kilner Jar.
Steph stressed that she didn’t expect a lot of money spent on her Christmas gifts – so I hope she enjoys using this home-made contribution to her new kitchen!allspice, caraway, cardamom, coriander, cumin, juniper, mustard seeds, onion seeds, sesame seeds, star anise, sugar shapes, turmeric
Happy Christmas, to my lovely daughters- whose cooking skills are far better than mine!