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DIY Spice Jars

DIY Spice Jars


DIY Spice JarsI like to think I keep a clean and orderly house until I look at my spice cabinet…eek! I am a hoarder!  There are tiny bags of spices and herbs, different bottles of all sizes, mixed on two levels.

  Is it any wonder I think I am out of something only to find it hiding in the back.  I was surfing Pinterest the other day and noticed pretty farmhouse herb and spice labels by Lia Griffith.  Being an eager beaver, I downloaded the file, changed some of the herb names to suit what I had and was quite proud of myself until I realized I had no idea how I was going to print them!  I mean really, how hard could it be to print the labels and complete my DIY Spice Jars project?  First problem is that I am somewhat technically challenged and the Staples near me didn’t carry 1.5-inch round labels so I settled for a 2-inch round matte silver foil (their selection was limited to say the least).  I had my eye on a kraft paper version but the size was too large at 2.5-inches.  Next issue was printing.  I’m sure there’s an easy way but after 30 minutes, feeling agitated and a few large sighs, I called it quits.  Not fully accepting defeat, I went onto the Avery website, looked at the templates available for the labels I bought, edited, and finally printed what you see.

spice spoonsOnce I was in a calmer state, I went to work organizing my herbs and spices. It was quite therapeutic and I felt much better consolidating half empty bottles into one.  And what I enjoyed most were the aromas from the spices.  Herbs and spices do more than just enhance the flavor of food.  Using them not only expands the palette but helps decrease salt or sugar intake.  Herbs and spices also have antibacterial and antiviral properties, and most are high in B-vitamins and trace minerals.  More health benefits, click here.

empty spice jarsThe Culinary Chase’s Note: Buy small glass containers to help you use the herbs and spices within a year. Look for ‘best by dates’ when purchasing and keep away from heat, moisture, and direct sunlight.  Even though the farmhouse labels were the bees knees, I think the ones I chose will work just fine.  Enjoy!

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About Heather Chase

The Culinary Chase was coined by my husband whilst in a coffee shop in Hong Kong back in 2006. We wanted something that would be a play on my last name and by the time we finished our coffee, the name was born. As long as I can remember I’ve enjoyed cooking. It wasn’t until we moved to Asia that I began to experiment using herbs and spices in my everyday cooking. Not only do they enhance the flavor of food but also heighten it nutritionally. Over the years, I began to change our diet to include more vegetables, pulses, whole grains and less red meat. Don’t get me wrong, we love our meat, just not in super-size portions (too hard for the body to digest). I always use the palm of my hand as a guide to portion control when eating red meat. If the meat is larger than my hand, I save that portion for another day. Also, if the veggies on your plate look colorful (think the colors of the rainbow) – red, green, yellow, orange etc. then you’re most likely getting the right amount of nutrients per meal. I post recipes that I think help maintain a healthy body. I use the 80/20 rule – 80% of the time I make a conscious effort to eat healthy and 20% for when I want french fries with gravy (poutine). Balance is the key and to enjoy life with whatever comes my way. Thanks for visiting!


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