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Organise your Herbs & Spices in the Homestead Kitchen

Updated: May 21, 2019


Hey Guys,

It is time to address the elephant in the pantry, yes it's the herbs and spices.

Now I know my herbs and spices are all in date, as I use them all so much and check they are still fresh and in good condition when I am using them, however, they are located in numerous locations and my main spice rack only holds 16 bottles.

I regularly use way more than 16 herbs and spices, so for convenience I am going to

find suitable glass storage jars, that seal well and fit a good amount of the food in them.

Design a spice rack, based on the size of wood I can buy in my small town, the space I want the rack to go and the amount and size of jars to go on the herb & spice rack.

To label the jars, I use a fine paint pen to write directly on the jars because I have never been able to find matching labels for all of the varieties I use, besides it looks pretty good, even for a left handed writer.

I make the herb and spice rack from pine and I stain part of the rack and paint the rest, using products from the shed, that match the rest of the kitchen.

What I love about paint and varnished furniture, is that you can always paint it a different color when it is time for a change or makeover.

I screwed a hook on the side of the rack, drilling a small pilot hole first, to hang the spice spoons. Having the spice spoons on the rack means they are always ready to use.

It feels so good to have my herbs and spices together in an organised fashion.


Welcome to Moat Cottage.

Here I show you my homesteading life, how to be more self sustainable & homestead in a small space.

You'll see how to grow organic food, use and preserve the harvest, raise backyard poultry, both Muscovy ducks and Chickens.

You will learn how to make natural remedies, get more prepared for emergency situations, how to organise the homestead, money saving ideas and how to live with less waste.


Here at Moat Cottage, we raise and grow and process some of our own free range meat, organic vegetables and fruit.

We grow all of our herbs for both eating and medicinal purposes as well as hunt, fish and forage.

We preserve our produce for the year ahead by canning, dehydrating and freezing and we work on being prepared for emergency situations.

We live using less waste, we recycle and upcycle and love finding what is needed for a project at the scrap yard, op shop or a garage sale, but only buy what is really needed.

We don't like plastic, chemicals and artificial fragrances and are trying to live an older style life balanced with this modern world lifestyle.

Good health and natural living has always been a high priority for our family and despite this two family members are living with auto immune diseases, myself included.

We focus on what we can do, when we can do it, stay positive and so I make these videos for you on my best days.

Much Love

Elissa Jayne



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