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Old Spices - Old Labels

Old Spices – Old Labels

When a reminder about replacing your old spices (about every 6 months or so) came out on the Post Punk Kitchen Facebook page on December 28th, Jim had a good chuckle. We were already in the midst of discarding old spices, washing our spice jars and totally renaming all of the spices.

That’s right, renaming our spices. Because the old McCormick spice jar labels are paper based, we decided to design new water-proof ones to encourage regular cleaning. I decided if we were redesigning them, it was a great time to keep our lives full of fun and rename them all too!

It became a project over the holidays and enlisted Arron and Amy’s help in coming up with creative names. I didn’t want to have the traditional “snips and snails and puppy dog tails” nor “eye of newt” magical ingredients. The idea was to have crazy names but none that would every infer harm, even to mythical beasts.

Between the 4 of us, we came up with over 60 names for our almost 50 herbs and spices that we regularly use. Terrific ideas like Spiced Mojo, Seeds of Truth and Sowbug Jokes took the place of Whole Cloves, Anise Seed and Cumin Seed.

Cutting out the new waterproof labels.

Cutting out the new waterproof labels.

We washed all of the jars and lids, peeled off the old labels then replaced any old herbs and spices with new. We decided to get rid of the Marjoram because we rarely used it. The same went for Lemon Peel since we zest and freeze what we use rather than nasty dried stuff. That and the double jars we had of Fennel Seed allowed us to swap in a few spices that we had in an overflow drawer.

After the new labels were designed, names chosen to represent specific herbs, labels printed, cut out and applied, difference in overall appearance is wonderful. I am so excited to have jars that I can wash off easily without being afraid of ruining the labels.

Detail of some new names.

Detail of some new names.

If you think it will be confusing as to remembering what spice is what new name, I have to admit that it is a bit. We did, however, print the name of the contents in a smaller font to make clear what was inside. At first glance it looks as if the names are in no order at all but we have kept them in alphabetical order of contents Agar-Agar being first and White Pepper being last even though it looks like Ice Feathers leads the list and The Twitch is the last of the spices.

Even with those precautions, the spices have shifted a bit from what I was used to. Yesterday I sprinkled some Ground Cloves on some corn chips I was baking, thinking it was Chili Powder. It keeps life fresh and makes us smile. I am thinking it will be no time at all until I will be able to tell the Cuddled Imaginaries from the Dragon Sighs.

New spices, new labels.

New spices, new labels.

About trueindigo

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16 responses »

  1. These are gorgeous! I sorely need to dump some ancient spices – what a project!

  2. This is really clever. What kind of labels did you use?

  3. What fun. It put another element of adventure into cooking.

  4. Mossy Winkies, hehehe I love that one!

  5. Please……………… you have a list of the names and what spices they are? I’m in the process of updating my spices and LOVE!!!!! this idea.

    • I will have to work on that. I have the list of names we were choosing from. The photos have both if you look carefully but I have yet to type up what matches what.

      • Hi Again
        Could you send me a copy of list of names?

      • Willowy Whisps
        Fairy Lights
        Bunny Sneezes
        Mill’s Mess
        Sweet Nothings
        Sundried Dewdrops
        Finnian’s rainbow
        Raven’s cache 
        True Lies
        Fire starter
        Wrath of the Gods
        Gray matter 
        Pearls of Wisdom
        Seeds of Truth
        Dragon’s Breath
        Gnome Bedding
        Manticore Dandruff
        Unicorn Winkies
        Blood fire
        Manatee Dreams
        The Shiznette
        Crusted Cobweb,
        Dried Snow
        Kitten Giggles
        Pony Snorts
        Ice Feathers
        Sun Rays
        Powdered Mouse Turd
        Pixie Sticks
        Bunnzie Jumps
        Jump scratch
        Hawk’s Beard
        Liar’s Truth
        Angel’s Sins
        Whispered Wishes
        Aged Tendrils
        Sowbug Jokes
        Frolicking Bits
        Bits O Frolick
        Teased Reflections
        Nosey Love
        Zipper Teeth
        Dusty Thoughts
        Toasted Anagrams
        The Twitch
        Reindeer Contrail
        Twisted Riddles
        Fairy Fancies
        Top Cat Crunchies
        Spiced Mojo
        Powdered Wanderings
        Rubbed Insights
        Whole Whispers
        Grounded Murmurs
        Light Day Dreams
        Instant Karma
        Sparkling Chuckles
        Steeped & Dried Comet Tails
        Cuddled Imaginaries
        Touch O’ Venus
        Santa Lucia’s Contrail

  6. What a fun idea! For your guests who suddenly notice that your spice shelf includes Whole Whispers, it will be quite a conversation piece!

  7. This is the best idea ever! Pretty much going to rename every spice I’ve got straight away, looks way more fun.

  8. Very nice! Did you create your own label template, or can you suggest a good site for spice rack templates?


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