Magnetic Spice Non-Rack

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About: I'm crazy about gardening, although I've got a LOT to learn. I like the whole idea of suburban homesteading, and not just because I hate mowing the lawn. Canning and DIY are great. I also spend way too much ...

Do you like cooking? I keep finding new recipes online and think, I've got to try that! It calls for fennel seed? Oh, sure, I've got that. Probably. Somewhere. No doubt in the far reaches of the dreaded "spice cupboard". A five minute search maybe finds it. Maybe not. I discovered today I have three large containers of ground coriander. Does anyone need that much ground coriander?

So I resolved to somehow manage my spices. Unfortunately, I'm involved in like 17 other projects simultaneously, in varying staged of completeness. I needed a quick, easy solution. I think I found it. My fridge is right beside the spice cabinet. Magnets are very cheap - like $0.10 US. So just glue magnets on the back of my spice containers. Not for all of them, just to relieve congestion in the spice cupboard.

Step 1: Put Down Magnet

Grab your spice jar. Grab a magnet. Place magnet on scrap of paper. I have used a post it. You might use an old envelope or a grocery store receipt. Do not use treasured family photos, they might get glue on them.

Step 2: Put Glue on Magnet

Put a big ol' blob of glue on that magnet. Is this the best glue for the job? I don't know. But I would guess no. But it was on hand.

Step 3: Put Spice Container on Glue Blob

Set the spice container on the glue. It may shift slightly. Or even roll off. I moved the glue container to prevent roll off.

Step 4: Let It Dry

I don't know how long it takes to dry. Probably varies depending on what glue you use. I let mine dry for 24 hours. As you can see, it seems to work.

Step 5: Side of the Fridge Is a Good Spot

The front of the fridge gets jostled a lot, the side of the fridge is ideal. More containers drying at the moment. Spice cupboard looks manageable now. Note the leftover magnets for another project. A hundred for $10 US.

Step 6: Conclusions

Final thoughts

  • Heavy spice containers may be too much for your magnets/glue.
  • Glass spice containers may break.
  • I could certainly jazz it up a bit with homemade labels.
  • I should report back in a while on how well they have held up with time/use.

Hope you found this useful. Good luck with your own spiceventures.

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    Lorddrake

    11 months ago

    I was reading through this thinking it would be really cool to make a "C" shaped clip with a socket that the magnet would be attached in. then when the spice bottle is empty pop it out of the clip and replace with a full one. now i just need to make friends with somebody that has a 3D printer :)

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    mcarlson9Lorddrake

    Reply 11 months ago

    I bet you could do something similar with a thick rubber band (though it would be kind of ugly. Now if I was a smarter man, I would have glued the magnets to the side of the lids, so when the jar was empty, I could just unscrew it and screw on a new (lidless) jar.

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    Lorddrakemcarlson9

    Reply 11 months ago

    magnets on the lid .. I think we have a winner

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    kbs2244

    11 months ago

    Could you not just put the magnet inside the jar?

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    mcarlson9kbs2244

    Reply 11 months ago

    Interesting thought. I tried it but the magnet was not strong enough to keep the jar in place that way.

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    ClenseYourPallet

    11 months ago

    I know a good idea when I see it, and this is a good idea! Wow... How simple yet profoundly awesome. Well done