Rationell Variera Spice Rack from IKEA

Rationell Variera Spice Rack from IKEA

IKEA really shines when it comes to small storage like this. And though we love the look of uniform containers and clever magnetized designs, we're not keen on transferring our spices to new containers (and where do we store the inevitable leftovers that don't fit? No).

These were on display at the IKEA near Seattle, but completely out-of-stock. Fortunately a very helpful salesperson offered to de-mount and sell them to us, the only trade-off being that we had to melt off the little plastic ID tag with boiling water when we got home. And IKEA doesn't do discounts for floor models.

We wouldn't have gone to the trouble, except we loved how the clear rack allows us to see the full labels on our spice jars, without a wooden bar or something in the way. We mounted them above the stove and were slightly worried about the plastic melting, but we've been cooking with it there for about a week, and no problems so far.

$5.99 here.

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