Use lab-grade test tubes as your spice rack #Shopping#geeky#great-ideas#kitchens#spices July 24 | Megan Finley meganfinley This geeky kitchen must-have idea comes from Aleks of Lola's Kitchen Lab. Apparently this is what your spice rack looks like when you're a scientist who loves to cook: test tubes and a lab-grade test tube spice rack! If you want your own, custom-made test tube spice rack, head over to Aleks' Etsy shop called… wait for it… Science and Spices. Oh, and as an added geeky kitchen bonus, check out the beakers and flasks that act as decor in her experimental lab (aka. the kitchen): Click on the pic to see more of her sleek experimental lab. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Megan Finley Megan Finley is the Associate Publisher and Editorial Overlord. When she's not slaving away for the Empire, she's sharing her dork side on her own blog. @meganfinley @meggyfin PREVIOUS Time lapse video of a Halifax neighborhood painting an intersection/block partying it up NEXT This "No Media Mondays" idea sounds tempting to me Toggle comments [ 17 ] Smart!!! This would save so much room in my spice cupboard. 2 agree Reply We use beakers as drinking glasses in our kitchen, and tiny beakers as shot glasses. And we mostly use our test tube spice rack to store our homemade spice blends like Italian, Cajun, and Taco seasoning. Yup, I'm a physicist married to a biologist! 2 agree Reply LOVE THIS! 4 agree Reply This is awesome! I've been lusting after the Dean and Deluca version of this for years but it's so dang expensive I can't ever justify it except for a Christmas present but no one has bought it for me yet. Maybe I'll do this instead! 5 agree Reply We just picked up a case of test tubes at Efston Science's Clearance Sale in Toronto. If memory serves we got 72 pyrex test tubes for $20. Efston Science has been a a Science store in Toronto since 1970, but they are going to a web only business model, so they are clearing the entire store. Reply A love of mine: American Science & Surplus. They sell all manner of science glass, including test tubes. They even sell test tube racks, but none of them are as nice as the one pictured. Barely related note: we set up a bar with these barbershop bottles, and it couldn't be cuter. 1 agrees Reply I bought a spice rack from Aleks and it is SUPER AWESOME! 1 agrees Reply But…but how would you fill them? This seems ideal, we have so many spices with no way to organize them. But it seems like filling the tubes would be a pain in the ass. Reply I use a funnel! 1 agrees Reply Thanks so much for the feature, Megan, and thank you all for the kind words! I just wanted to add that aside from using a small funnel for refills, a bent piece of foil works well, too. The tubes hold quite a bit of spice, so unless you use a certain one every day, you won't need to refill that often. Happy cooking! Reply OOH! Never thought of the bent-foil-as-a-funnel idea. Awesome! 1 agrees Reply I had one of these, and they are not very practical to use. Now it serves as a vase for when I get the BF flowers. 1 agrees Reply I'm with Diandra… I had a plastic version I bought at Target for $15 around Christmas maybe five years ago that I have since abandoned. It was too tall to store in any of my more convenient cabinets, since spices should ideally be stored in the dark. While the glass certainly looks nicer, I would be very concerned about it breaking. I still think this is a very attractive idea, but at $80, you should probably see if it's cheaper to "make" your own. Also, not to troll, but I'm also not entirely sure how this qualifies as handmade (pursuant to etsy's guidelines). Reply Well, the same argument could go for my custom welcome mat I got through Etsy which is no more than a mat that was cut down to size and painted on. $80 is a bit pricey but take a look at what test tubes/corks/stainless steel test tube racks cost. Plus the cost for the labels and printing? It's minimal, but it's not free. Also, Dean and Deluca version is f*cking crazy expensive! As for the practicality of a test tube rack, I agree, it's not for everyone (or every home). 2 agree Reply I hate to say it, but I got one of these from Dean and Deluca YEARS ago, with the spices included. Reply This is cute, but should you be exposing the spices to light like that? I would keep mine in a cupboard, for sure, and not on the countertop. Spices lose flavor when exposed to heat or light. Reply Mr. Sullie has a set up like this, except he stores his spices in the bullet straps on his military surplus vest, for tactical grilling occasions. 1 agrees Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.