Here’s the thing: this spice organizer is a disappointment. I am not a big on housecleaning, so I try to avoid making messes whenever possible, but this organizer seems to make things messier.
Husband and I spotted something like this watching Food Network’s “Good Eats with Alton Brown” (a thoroughly entertaining and informative food program), and we thought surely it would answer our need to have our spices organized, neat and tidy, without seeping out of the lid as we had with the previous system. But it doesn’t keeps spices neat and tidy and it cost a lot of money. Oh, sure, it organizes the spices, but we have some problems with it, namely, when you put ground spices in it, they seep out of the container, so we have cayenne pepper, cinnamon, ground mace, etc., on the other containers and inside the cabinet. And the turmeric! Well the turmeric is not only all over the other containers but it’s staining the white vinyl lining in the cabinet. I thought, oh, I can live with wiping-up the spices every now and then (quarterly, at best), but this is getting annoying.
We soon discovered that the ground ginger was incompatible with the containers, because the oils of the ginger react with what we discovered to be a clear plastic window in the lid:
The other problem, and I can’t fault the product for this, is that wall space is at premium in the our open layout kitchen, and we didn’t want to hang it on the nearest wall leading to the dining area, so we affixed it to the inside of a cabinet. Having made that decision, we then had cabinet shelves to contend with. In other words, they get in the way. It didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, we would just organize the containers to accommodate the shelves, but it’s become a problem, because if you don’t have the containers positioned just so, you can’t close the cabinet:
Lesson learned: just stick with the containers the spices come in at the market.