Here’s why we love this new spice packaging.

By Megan Soll
August 04, 2020
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As we’ve been cooking at home more often, keeping our dry goods, utensils, and cookware organized but accessible is more necessary than ever. No matter what your kitchen layout might be, it always feels like there just isn’t enough space. Then there is the eternal question for every home cook: “How do I organize my spice collection?”

The online spice purveyors at The Spice House have found the solution to spice-storage woes. Their spice flatpacks contain the same amount of spices as standard jars (1/2 cup or 4 ounces), but take up far less space and ship free to anywhere in the U.S.—even if you order only one. The bags are resealable and offer an alternative to tossing out plastic or glass whenever you need new seasonings.

Credit: The Spice House

Another problem for frequent cooks is keeping extra fresh spices on hand. Even if you own every rack, shelf, and lazy Susan in the book, you still need extra peppercorns, vanilla beans, and chili powder to avoid emergency runs to the grocery store. All those extra bottles eat up cabinet space. Flatpacks are the perfect backup. You can stock them in your pantry to refill your jars whenever they’re running low. 

The flatpacks can stand up on their own if you want to stock them freely on your shelf, or you can order a single or double wooden holder to keep them organized like files in a filing cabinet, ordered alphabetically or however else you'd like. As a type-A person, this is the absolute dream for my kitchen space. Consistent-quality spices in a fully organized format that I can order single refills for any day of the week? Anything that helps me skip the grocery store is a quarantine blessing, so these flatpacks are a pantry slam-dunk.

Credit: The Spice House

The Spice House Flatpacks, from $6 at thespicehouse.com

Currently, flatpacks are available for over 200 spices and blends. The Spice House has hundreds of singular herbs and spices, from Turkish Bay Leaves to Thai red curry . Bakers will delight in packs like Vanilla Bean Sugar , barbecue enthusiasts can order Kansas City Barbecue Blend , and those looking for extra heat can try Jamaican Jerk Seasoning . Prices range from $4 to $10 per pack, depending on the spice.

The Spice House has a long history as a favorite spice source for both chefs and home cooks, from the Penzey’s brick-and-mortar store founded in 1957 to the new website now serving spice lovers across the globe. The sustainably sourced spices and proprietary spice blends are only expanding, so there’s no time like the present to start a flatpack collection .