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Five of the Best: Spice Jar Sets

Move away from the salt and pepper! A bewildering array of spices are available to the consumer nowadays – but this is matched by the wide variety of storage options for them. We’ve come a long way from the days when a faintly rustic-looking wooden rack would house a set of out-of-date stale spices…here, we celebrate by offering our five favourite currently-available spice jar sets.

Cole & Mason Hudson 20 Jar Filled Spice Carousel

Hudson 20-jar Filled Spice Carousel – £65, Cole & Mason

Ah…whether it’s a lazy Susan or an movable utensil set, we do love a rotating piece of kitchenware – so this spice carousel from Cole & Mason makes us very happy. The glass jars are 70ml in size and have polished caps that twist in order that you can precisely shake, pour or seal their contents. The caps are labelled so you can avoid any of those embarrassing cooking errors and there’s a central handle so you can transport the carousel easily.

13 Piece Herb Rack Set by PureDay

13-piece Herb Rack Set – £31.99, PureDay

A sleek and contemporary replacement to the wooden spice racks of yore that we talked of earlier, this set consists of twelve glass herb (or spice) jars, each of which have metal lids that are easy to label. The jars slot neatly into the circular cut-outs in their stainless steel frame, which will fit neatly onto any kitchen wall – this set is a great way to store your herbs and spices if space is at a premium.

Premier Housewares Vintage Home Set of 6 Spice Jars

Vintage Home Set of Six Spice Jars – £16.99, Premier Housewares

Add a bit of shabby chic style to your kitchen with this traditional-looking set of spice jars from Premier Housewares. The cream-coloured ceramic jars are each 10cm high (6cm wide) and are printed to indicate their contents. On reflection, maybe this set is more suitable for the less adventurous (or rather, unpretentious!) chefs amongst us: paprika, basil, oregano, mixed herbs, mixed spices and paprika options are offered.

KILNER 20 Piece Spice Jar Gift Set

20-piece Spice Jar Gift Set – £14.99, Kilner

Since making and preserving – whether it’s herbs, jam or gin – has come back in a big way, jar-creating giant Kilner has been busying itself with providing new ways to store our creations. If you’ve got a friend who likes to ‘reward’ you with their latest concoctions, this 20-piece spice jar set, this could be the perfect gift for them: it contains a wooden crate, six clip-top spice jars, 12 labels and a recipe booklet.

Wilko Spice Rack Set 6 Piece

Six-piece Spice Rack Set – £6, Wilko

Wilko have come up trumps again with an unpretentious but elegant solution at an amazing price. Their stainless steel spice storage rack encloses a sext of six glass jars, each of which has two-part, chrome effect screw top lids that enable you to sprinkle, pour or seal your herbs and spices. At just six pounds, you’ll be able to buy one or two and expand your culinary repertoire with a wider range of herbs and spices!

Pitcher Perfect: The Best Large Jugs

Despite the absence of any evidence, it is actually still summer – and will be for a good time yet. We might not have been spoiled by balmy evenings and barbecues to date, but we are nothing if not optimistic! In this spirit, we have been looking at that staple of the summer picnic – the pitcher jug!

Waterford Half & Half Ginger Jug

Half & Half Ginger Jug – £92.50 (was £185), Waterford

We start with a real beauty: the Jo Sampson-designed Half & Half Ginger Jug has a simply beautiful modern silhouette. The larger bottom of the vessel has a wide band of textured-cut glass around it and it shifts dramatically into a narrower neck and spout. It’s appended by an oversized glass handle, but don’t mistake that rich orange hue for a beverage! The base of the piece has been colour-washed with a rich orange hue.

Portmerion Pitcher

Water Garden Pitcher – £29, Portmeirion

As pretty as the Welsh coastal resort which bears its name, Portmeirion pottery is known for being nostalgic and colourful. This Water Garden picture, adorned with an exquisite hand-painted design formed of delicate blooms in shades of lilac, green, blue and yellow, is no exception. The 22cm-high three-pint jug functions perfectly as a pitcher but also doubles as a vase for your floral arrangements.

Georg Jensen Urkiola Pitcher, 1L

Urkiola Pitcher, 1L – £150, Georg Jensen

A real attention-grabber, the Urkiola Pitcher is part of a collection designed by Patricia Urquiola, which includes bowls, vases, candleholders and trays, in addition to a series of pitchers. Each is made from stainless steel – some of it mirror-polished and some of it featuring a ribbed design. On some pieces – as you can see on the handle of this one – you’ll find a durable PVD finish in a gorgeous rose gold colour.

Kitchen Stripe 2 Piece Pitcher Set by Fairmont and Main Ltd

Striped Two-piece Pitcher Set – £26.99, Fairmont & Main Ltd

Get two for the price of one with this two-piece pitcher set which has ‘a traditional English stripe design’ (i.e. it looks a bit like Cornishware!) in blue and cream, which has been created using an under glaze engorge technique. A large pitcher is complemented by a super-cute smaller one, and this timeless earthenware pare will fit in perfectly with kitchens of all types – from the rustic to the super-modern.

Wilko Functional Glass Jug 1L

Functional 1L Glass Jug – £1.50, Wilko

If you’re looking for something that’s above all functional (and something that, should an accident arise, you can replace without too many tears) then look no further than this one-litre glass jug from Wilko. Being priced at a rather ridiculous £1.50 means that you can get six of them for less than a tenner! This makes them the perfect choice for a wedding table – or purely for the serving of Pimms.