Spice Racks | Wall Mounted & Magnetic Kitchen Shelves

spice racksWhen it comes to choosing a spice rack for your home, there are a lot of factors to keep in mind. Price, variety, and storage location will all play a big part in helping you determine which rack will work best in your kitchen.

The biggest question usually is:  how many herbs and spices do you really need? That all depends on how often you cook at home and what style of cuisine you cook most often. If you’re adventurous and like to try many kinds of cultural recipes, then you’ll also want to have a wider variety of spices at your disposal.

Essential Kitchen Herbs and Spices

It can be exciting at first glance to come across a spice rack on sale and find that it already comes pre-filled with dozens of herbs and spices — “more bang for your buck,” as the saying goes. However, depending on what the spice jars are filled with, this might be more expensive in the long run.

Despite not having an expiration date on the jar, dried herbs and spices can quickly lose their potency once opened. Powdered, ground herbs have a shelf life of at least one year. Whole herbs (like bay leaves) will keep a bit longer, and spices will retain their flavor the longest. To help prevent herbs and spices from losing their potency, make sure the jars are stored away from heat and humidity.

Ideally, then, a home cook will use as many fresh herbs as possible and use the storage jars for ground spices, which have a longer shelf life.

There are several dried herbs that show up frequently in recipes and are good to have on hand just in case, such as rosemary, parsley, bay leaves, dill, thyme, oregano, sage, and basil. Essential spices for a well-rounded pantry include cinnamon, ginger, cumin, paprika, garlic, chili powder, and crushed red pepper.

Spice and herb blends are a great way to keep essential flavors on hand without breaking the bank. No need to buy one jar of every spice you can think of anymore. Here are some blends to consider: Italian herb blends, seasoned salt, pumpkin pie spice or allspice, curry powder, jerk spice, Chinese five spice, and bouquet garni.

So, unless you find your favorite pre-filled spice rack on a ridiculously good sale, choose a spice rack that you can fill yourself. Buying spices in bulk from a specialty store gets you access to incredible flavors, and you aren’t pressured to fill up your spice bottle the whole way either — saving your pocketbook as well.

Types of Spice Racks

Once you have a general idea of how many spices you’d like to store, think about how much room they’ll require, and pick an ideal spot in your kitchen to showcase them. No matter where it is, there’s bound to be a spice rack set-up that will work.

There are two kinds of spice racks that you’ll see most often:  racks that spin on the countertop, and racks that hang on the wall.

Two countertop spice racks that we like are the Olde Thompson Square Rack and the J.K. Adams Maple Wood Rack. Choose the Olde Thompson if you require less storage and prefer to showcase colorful spices housed in modern stainless steel, or pick the larger, 48-jar J.K. Adams if you also want the spice rack to nicely complement your wooden cabinetry.

Hanging wall racks have the advantage of giving you extra working space on the counters. A classic option is this satin-finish steel rack by Stacks and Stacks. Or, go for versatility with the Kamenstein Magnetic Spice Rack. It can either hang on the wall or be stored in a cupboard or drawer.

Read all of our Spice Rack reviews below:


Rubbermaid Pull Down Wire Spice Rack

Space Saving Kitchen Cupboard or Pantry Storage

Rubbermaid Pull Down Wire Spice Rack | Space Saving Kitchen Cupboard or Pantry Storage

This epoxy-coated steel wire spice rack mounts securely to the interior of any cabinet with an opening of at least 14 inches and a depth of 13 inches. Most of us use spices directly from the storage jars they came in, and those same easy-to-use disposable containers fit ...





Olde Thompson Square Spice Rack

Stainless Steel Carousel 20 Jar

Olde Thompson Square Spice Rack | Stainless Steel Carousel 20 Jar

The Olde Thompson 20 Jar Square Spice Rack has a Lazy Susan design with a sturdy stainless steel carrying handle, top, and base. The rack is well built for transport or display on the counter top. The jars come filled with a colorful array of fresh, useful spices with the ...





Olde Thompson Orbit Spice Rack

Lazy Susan Carousel 16 Glass Jar

Olde Thompson Orbit Spice Rack | Lazy Susan Carousel 16 Glass Jar

The Olde Thompson Orbit Spice Rack offers sixteen palm rounded jars. The three ounce jars come prefilled with a savory variety of spices. The chrome tops have flip open seals, giving access to pour or shake spices. Spice titles are clearly labeled in black on the side of each lid. ...





J.K. Adams Kitchen Spice Rack

Maple Wood Carousel 48 Jar CSL-48-SM

J.K. Adams Kitchen Spice Rack | Maple Wood Carousel 48 Jar CSL-48-SM

J.K. Adams offers this eight by eight by sixteen inch spice carousel created from incredibly smooth hard rock sugar maple which is covered in a clear finish. Neutral for any decor, the set includes forty eight glass jars (three and a half ounces each) with sifters that snap on and screw ...





Todco Spice Stack

Kitchen Cupboard Storage Rack SPS001

Todco Spice Stack | Kitchen Cupboard Storage Rack SPS001

With this item, three pull out shelves help you organize and store 27 full sized or 54 half sized spice bottles. Made in the USA, the Todco Spice Stack fits almost any kitchen cabinet, saves counter space, and allows the home cook to locate spices and seasonings without effort. The rack measures ...





Stacks and Stacks Spice Rack Carousel

Kitchen Stainless Measuring Set

Stacks and Stacks Spice Rack Carousel | Kitchen Stainless Measuring Set

Stacks and Stacks has been helping people organize their spaces since 1984 and really takes pride in their business.

This spice rack, in stainless steel and black, offers 12 available compartments for housing your collection of spices. The unit measures 5 1/4 by 9 inches in diameter. The set comes with ...





Kamenstein Magnetic Spice Rack

Kitchen Stainless Steel 12 Tin

Kamenstein Magnetic Spice Rack | Kitchen Stainless Steel 12 Tin

The Kamenstein 12 Tin Magnetic Spice Rack allows you to sort and display small items in its handy magnetic organizer of stainless steel construction. This grouping includes twelve magnetic canisters with convenient see through lids and twelve individual bags of spices. The easel rack can be mounted, stand alone (via attached ...





Stacks and Stacks Kitchen Spice Rack

Wall Mounted Hanging Organizer

Stacks and Stacks Kitchen Spice Rack | Wall Mounted Hanging Organizer

Stacks and Stacks has been in the business of helping people organize their spaces since 1984. Their product line offers a range of helpful items for the kitchen, office and garden. Their website even offers sections on products for travel, pets and storage for kids.

This tough but attractive steel rack ...





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