Spice rack no more.
Spice Rack in Kitchen
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Picture this: You've whipped up a batch of baked oatmeal with apples and pecans. It's ready to serve when you decide it needs a final sprinkle of cinnamon. You grab the cinnamon off your spice rack and give your masterpiece a very generous shake of cinnamon.

Now, everyone is seated at the breakfast table making strange faces and wiping their mouths with their napkin. Turns out, that "cinnamon" wasn't cinnamon after all. It was paprika. Been there, cayenne-spiked that? You're not alone.

Thankfully, as Food Network recently remind us, there's a better way to store your spices than gathered haphazardly on a dusty old rack. To store spices, place a label on the top of each lid (or use a Sharpie) stating the name of the spice, and if you'd like, when you bought it. You can buy uniform jars or simply stick or write labels on top of the spice's current container. Then, forgo the spice rack altogether and designate a drawer in your kitchen for storing your collection. If you're feeling fancy, you can also insert a drawer organizer.

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See how pretty it looks? And more importantly, how simple it is to locate the right spice?

The project is as easy as can be, and will help you avoid future cinnamon-paprika fiascoes for good. Now, if only we could convince you to toss your spices every year....or 18.