This lovely rotating spice and herb carousel from Cole & Mason, will make a great feature in your kitchen and will keep all your favourite herbs and spices fresh and ready whenever you need them. We were kindly sent this to review, here’s what we thought:
Looking modern in black and chrome it would make a great gift for any cook and as it comes with 16 pre filled elegant glass jars it’s ready to go when you are.
The Cole & Mason 16 Herb & Spice Carousel is available from Amazon
As Katy is keen to experiment with hers and spices we passed the 16 Herb & Spice Carousel which Cole & Mason kindly sent us, over to her to put through its paces. This is what she had to say:
“Just looking at the box made me instantly want to take a closer look at what could be my new best friend. I was impressed with the level of thought given to the packaging – the carousel was housed in a cardboard base, and sat snuggly with no movement whatsoever – so no chance of breakage.
After removing it from the box and surrounding bubble wrap, I sat it on my kitchen unit and couldn’t resist giving it a quick spin. All the spice jars sit comfortably around the centre base (which conveniently doubles as a carry handle), with eight jars on each level. Each of the 16 jars has the content name printed onto the top of its jar making it really easy to find the herb or spice I need.
Each of the refillable, glass, spice jars hold 7ml and have polished chrome caps which when twisted allows you to twist, pour or shake out the contents – ideal for me as I tend to be a little ‘heavy handed’ which often leads to a dollop of spice landing in the centre of recipe rather than a gentle sprinkle, leaving me- teaspoon in hand trying frantically to remove the excess before it is consumed by the rest of the contents. It wouldn’t be the first time a friend got rather more spice than they’d bargained for.
I’m a big fan of both garlic and cayenne pepper and I was disappointed that neither were included although I couldn’t complain about the choices: basil, coriander, fennel, marjoram, oregano, parsley, bay leaves, thyme, cinnamon, mint, caraway, chilli flakes, cumin, dill, paprika and rosemary.
Not known as someone who often complains, (OK – who laughed?) I do have a couple of little gripes. Although I think having the names etched onto each jar is a great idea, it does mean that I can’t replace some of the less used spices with others – having checked I did discover that nameless jars can be bought individually from Amazon for around £5.99.
I also feel that, unless you’re well versed on your spice and herb selection, it becomes a bit annoying having to remove the top layer jar to read the contents on the top of the jar beneath, but that really is me being picky.
The rack itself is brilliant, it spins really easily and looks great sitting in my kitchen. Standing 30cm high and with a diameter of 20cm it could easily be put inside a cupboard or up on a shelf if workspace is limited.
I loved this spice rack, it fitted perfectly into my kitchen and the jars tight seal function kept everything perfectly stored. My advice to anyone would be to consign your old, wooden spice rack to the bin and invest in this sleek, modern spice rack or better still suggest it as a Christmas present – I know I’d love to find this under the christmas tree!”
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