Friday, January 11, 2013

New Year's Resolution

To de-clutter my overcrowded kitchen counter was one of my New Year's resolutions this year. I don't have a lot of counter space in any case, and when it's full of things like lazy susans so full of spices that they are continually falling out, there's not a lot of room left for maneuvering. 

So, one rainy afternoon, I undertook the task of labeling the tops of all my spice jars and arranging them, more or less in alphabetical order, in a drawer, jars to the front and bags tucked in behind.  

It was going well until I realized that I have several repeats, extra jars of various spices or herbs that I purchased because I couldn't find the one I already had hiding in the middle of the bottom layer of my lazy susan.  

Precious space in the drawer was taken up with these duplicates, and spices lose their potency if you don't use them up regularly, so I had this idea - why not give the extras away?

So, if you find you could use any of the list below, let me know and, if you live in the San Francisco Bay area, I will get them to you. It may take a little while, as I would drop them off as I was going by on my way to somewhere else, but I range widely in the area and would be happy to bring them. We could have a cup of coffee and a chat, too, if that fits into your schedule but, if not, I'd just be pleased to find homes for my dupes and am happy to leave them on your doorstep.

Here's the list.  Let me know which, if any, you can use by leaving a comment about which one(s) you want:

Bay Leaves (both regular and California Bay Laurel leaves)
Cinnamon Sticks
Cinnamon, ground
Tarragon (got LOTS of tarragon)
Curry Powder
Whole Nutmegs (LOTs of these, too)
Herbes de Provence (I use this mix a lot, but I have a boatload to share).

Happy New Year!  Happy Cooking!


Blogger Greg said...

That looks like spring housekeeping to me. I applaud your energy.

Friday, January 11, 2013  
Blogger nancy namaste said...

Good for you to organize your space. I bought a 3 tier spice rack ages ago and only keep my spices in that. It keeps me aware of what I have so that I seldom buy a duplicate.

Friday, January 11, 2013  
Blogger Toons said...

Congrats on the cleaning. I could take some nutmeg and bay leaves off your hands if you still have too much.

Saturday, January 12, 2013  
Blogger Amy E said...

To bad I don't live near you but congratulations on the clean up.

Saturday, January 12, 2013  
Blogger nancy namaste said...

Wait! Don't throw away the tarragon. I have a recipe for poached eggs in a tarragon sauce that's a hit for special occasions,

Saturday, January 12, 2013  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Greg, it has helped to organize me, always a good thing.

Nancy, I will save the extra tarragon for you. I wouldn't jettison the extras, in any case, I'm too frugal for that. :-)

Amy E, welcome! And I'm sure I'll find homes for these in time.

Sunday, January 13, 2013  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Toons, nutmeg and bay leaves coming your way! I'll give them to Jan to give to you one day soon!

Monday, January 14, 2013  

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