I had grown so frustrated thinking and thinking of a solution and coming up empty. John had done the same (probably growing tired of hearing me sigh loudly every time I couldn't put my hands on what I needed). Well, let me just tell you, exciting days at the Green household happened just a little over a week ago, as I came up with the perfect set-up for our kitchen.
And it works like a charm!
My new storage system only cost $30 and some time - a lot less if you don't have as many herbs/spices as I do. This is only about two thirds of the lot!
Half-pint canning jars come in packs of twelve. They even have cute oval stickers to write a description. All I had to do was cut out circles from fun paper, place them between the metal lid and metal screw band of each, adhere the sticker to the top....
And, wah-lah! Two drawers full of all my favorites flavorings, alphabetized, with wide enough mouths to get even my largest measuring spoon inside. Now I can see exactly how much of each I have left, not to mention the ease of finding exactly what I need when I need it, and there are no longer those 6:00-in-the-evening-moments of getting half-way through dinner preparation only to find you don't have Smoked Paprika.
So, there you have it, friends. I'm sure it's been done a gazillion times, but for me, it was a recent - and magnificent - revelation. Happy "herb and spicing!"