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A Few Tricks To Organize Herbs And Spices

The Crochet Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers  Club will meet Thursday, October 20th at 10 a.m. at the Extension Office. They will be collecting items for Save A Life during this meeting.  Also, please bring any items that you would like to enter in the Holiday House Cultural Arts Contest.

The 4-H Family & Consumer Science (FCS) Club will meet on Thursday, October 20, at 3:45 p.m. at the Extension Office in the Multi-Purpose Building.

Don’t forget, our Healthy You exercise classes are free and meet every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 until 9:45 a.m.  Make sure to wear cool, comfortable clothes, good walking shoes and bring some water to drink. The exercise class will not meet on Friday, October 21st due to Holiday House being set up in the conference room.

I would also like to remind everybody that time is running out to order MSU cheese for the Holidays!  Contact the Extension office to get a cheese order form or go to: and place your order online.  If you place your order online, make sure to let them know that Yalobusha County Extension will be picking up your order. We will pick up orders the first of December.

Organizing Your 

Herbs & Spices

My sister sent me a delicious pumpkin bread recipe the other day.  I looked at the recipe and knew that I had all of the ingredients (except the pumpkin puree) on hand.  When I got home and start pulling out the required spices: ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground cloves and ground ginger… where is that ginger!  I know I have ginger!!!  So, I start emptying the spice cabinet looking for the ginger.  Yep, I have ginger…three bottles of it.  I guess ginger is one of those spices that gets pushed to the back of my spice cabinet and so I go and by another container of it..  Has this ever happened to you?

How do you organize your herbs and spices? Are you still alphabetizing your dried herbs and spices? Or did you try to separate herbs and spices into two sections? Or are they all just jumbled up, starting with the most popular in the front and the least used in the back? 

Do you just want to have an easier way to organize your spices? If so, you’re in luck! I just came up with a great way to organize my spice cabinet and now I want to share it with you.

The key is to organize them by flavor profile.

That’s right!

Here’s a great way to organize your herbs and spices so that you can find and use them quickly.

Step #1: Consolidate

Take all of the seasonings out of your cabinet and give it a thorough scrub. Now look at all the spices on your counter. Do you have any duplicates?

Step #2: Arrange Your Space – How can you see the most spices without having to rummage?

You can grab a couple of step shelves or lazy Susans that allow you to fit far more spices into your cabinet without sacrificing visibility. 

Step #3: Decide on Flavor Profiles

Now that you’ve got space for your spices, you’re ready to put them away by flavor profile.

Here’s how I organized my spice cabinet, but it’s just a suggestion! Follow your heart and put your spices away in a manner that works for you.

My categories included Asian, Latin, Mediterranean and European/American. Then I made a spot for mixes and bulk jars, This is the place for mixed seasonings like Old Bay or for large containers of garlic powder, black pepper, and salt.

And there you have it! A new way to make it easier to prepare healthful, flavorful meals at home! 

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