- List the spices that you use monthly. There’s no point in loading your spice rack with spices you don’t use. I recommend that after you make a list of them, choose the spices that you use daily and make sure to resource jars that are a bit bigger for those spices.
- Check the measurements of the space where you will place the spice rack.
- Choose your budget! You can find many affordable racks, jars, labels and spices so by knowing your budget from the beginning, it’ll be easier to choose and not get lost in the search.
Start your DIY with the Jars. It took me a while to find the jars that I like! There are many affordable options out there, and I could have definitely chosen a cheaper option than what I ended up ordering, but I was very eager to get a certain rustic look.
I also wanted to get two different sizes as I knew that some spices I use more often than others.
Wooden mini display unit or floating shelfs. I loved the three options below. Make sure you check the measurements before placing an order as you need to ensure the number of jars you order will match the rack’s size.
Labels. Here is where you get to be creative! There are many types of labels that can look beautiful.
You can either use a classic chalk label which can be handy if you change your mind about which spice you want in each jar, or you can use pre printed labels.
Lastly, You can go for the third option and order vinyls (like my spice rack). It’s more pricey than the other options but the result is just stunning!
Since I bought 2 different sizes of jars, I had to have two different sizes of labels so don’t forget to do the same if you buy different sizes of jars.
Pre Printed Labels
Spices. Oh my how I loved this part! Going to the shop and buying spices in bulk is as therapeutic for me as buying shoes! I highly recommend getting your spices at your local independent Turkish shops as they have every spice that you can think of, and quite often they import them from the Middle East.
It was hard for me to keep my list short but these are the spices that I added to my spice rack: Za’atar, Paprika, Sesame Seeds, Baharat, Ras El Hanout, Cumin, Turmeric, Chilli Flakes, Salt, Pepper, Rock Salt, Himalayan Salt, Cinnamon Sticks, White Pepper, Sumac, Cinnamon, Cayenne, Parsley, Poppy Seeds, Allspice, Ginger, Coriander Seeds, Black Sesame, Mixed Herbs, Basil, Thyme, Bay Leaves, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Rosemary
- Clean all your jars with lukewarm water and soap. Leave to fully dry before filling with the spices.
- Place your stickers on the jars.
- Using a funnel (link to the one I used), fill all the jars with the spices. (it’ll make the process much easier (and cleaner!) Alternatively, you can also do it using a tea spoon.
- Place your jars on to your rack, take a picture and tag @theartisancookery so I can see your new, beautiful spice rack.