Home Cooking month and we're getting our kitchen set up and back in shape. We're focusing on good tips and tools, and we have been showing you a few favorite kitchen things from IKEA - each at the intersection of well-made and low-cost. This pick is a new favorite. They are admittedly untested by the rigors of daily baking, but so far we love them.
We mentioned the DROPPAR and CELEBER jars in our roundup of favorite storage jars last spring. Some of you like these; some of you, however, were disappointed with the clear acrylic or plastic in the lids of the larger jars. The spice jars do not have any plastic in the bottle; they don't have the clear see-through circles in their lids. They are made only of stainless steel and glass. The jars are clear with a frosted strip around the middle where you can place a label or write the name of the spice inside. They feel very weighty and substantial in the hand, and they're not too big and not too small (for our kitchen, at least). This weightiness and good construction seem a good deal at only $2.99 for a pair!
We bought a dozen of the jars (6 2-packs) and so far we're loving them. They're not too small for our whole spices and we like how there's no tapering opening for our measuring spoons to get stuck on. One caveat: the lids seem to be airtight (there are plastic rings inside to keep a good seal) but they still fit just a bit more loosely than we would prefer. We'll see how this plays out over time. Have you used these DROPPAR spice jars? What did you think? As always, if you like them, stock up now; IKEA changes its product lines frequently. Stay tuned for a closer look at our spice storage a little later today. • DROPPAR Spice Jars, $2.99 for a pack of 2 at IKEA. Not available online. More from the IKEA Kitchen series • TEKLA Towels (and Napkins) • RATIONELL Cutlery Tray (Images: Faith Hopler)