Spice drawer envy hit me me hard for the first time when I visited a friend’s remodeled kitchen in Montclair, New Jersey a few years ago. I remember the moment like it was yesterday: a shaft of sunlight fell on neatly alphabetized jars that lay on a gentle incline (to make it easier to grab the one you needed), with nary a cardamom pod out of place.
This led me on an odyssey to organize my own collection of kitchen spices. After trying storage tins, jars, and custom drawer inserts, I’ve found a surprising solution: watchmaker’s cases.
Photography by Mimi Giboin for Gardenista.ingenious solution—glass-topped watchmaker’s cases— that helped me impose serenity and order on my jumbled collection of spice jars, bags, and tins.
N.B.: See more of this spice drawer setup on Gardenista, in Herbs: 9 Favorite Mints for a Cook’s Container Garden.
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