“ Brand: Avonstar / Product Type: Spice Rack „
I do a lot of cooking, and as a result have rather a lot of pots of various spices and herbs in my kitchen . I used to just keep them in the cupboard, but this became a pain in the bum as my collection of herbs and spices got bigger, as it often meant removing lots of the spices from the cupboard to find the one I wanted.
I spent a lot of time looking for a decent spice rack. I didn't want one that was going to take up lots of space on the worktop, as I have precious little space as it is. I initially toyed with the idea of one of those carousel style racks, until I saw one at a friends house, and realised you could only see the lids, and not the labels of the spices .
I eventually turned to good old amazon, and ended up with the Avonstar Classic Spice Rack. This thing is brilliant, as it affixes to the side of a wall mounted kitchen cabinet, and in my kitchen I have just such a cabinet right next to my cooker enabling me to mount this rack to it and have them all at the touch of my fingertips as I cook.
The chrome plated rack comes ready assembled, and includes simple instructions for fitting the rack, which took me no more than five minutes . It measures about 70cm high and 30cm wide, and can hold 30 bottles of 'Schwartz' branded spices. Most of my spices are this brand, I do have a few that are supermarket branded, or made by 'Bart' and these do, for the most part, fit in well, as do jars of mustard and mint sauce. Each of the six shelves has a bar across the front,about an inch or so up, which helps keep the spices securely in place - there is no chance of them falling out on their own.
The rack allows everything to be seen at a glance, which saves a lot of frustration when cooking. I would have liked to have less room for spices, with this perhaps accommodating only 25 jars, if this allowed a taller shelf for me to add flavoured oils instead. But really, this is just me being fussy.
The rack itself seems sturdy and well made, though some knocks and bangs have seen a little of the plating coming off, and in other places the plating has dulled significantly. This may well be because of it's location in my home - being next to the oven, it does on occasion get spattered with hot oil and grease, which then needs wiping off, and undoubtedly has taken off some of the initial polish and shine.
The rack sells for £23 at Amazon.co.uk, with 4.63 shipping. I think that may perhaps be a little expensive in comparison to other kinds of spice racks, but given the fact that this can be wall mounted and keeps my spices easily to hand with the labels clearly readable, I'm very happy with my purchase overall .