Just to show you the kind of inane details I'm working on right now, I thought I would share this:

We wanted to keep our spices above the stove where we could see them and thus, use them. In the event of a major shake down of the boat (like tilting over so much that our mast smacks the water), we thought it was a bad idea to have glass missiles bottles flying everywhere. We considered a retaining line or cloth and, although those would work, ultimately decided to change over to plastic shaker bottles.

Something you can find easily at a container, dollar or kitchen store, right? Of course not. At least not in Victoria.

After wasting too much time visiting stores refusing to admit that I couldn't find them locally, I ended up ordering a bunch online. Then we busted out the label maker and voila, non-deadly spices. Just in time to house the collection of yummy spices we bought in Bahrain. Sometime, over beers, I should tell you the story of what it is like to carry a very large bag of fragrant powder in your carry-on bag from Bahrain, through Kuwait, into Washington DC and Seattle and then across the border into Canada.

 I have some velcro that I was going to put on the bottom of the jars to keep them from sliding around but I haven't figured that out yet. Another thing you think would be simple, right?



  1. I was *totally* going to suggest velcro! When having trouble adhering what I like, where I like, I often turn to http://www.thistothat.com/

  2. Reminds me of the time I brought herbs back from Azerbaijan--no room to stow them uncrushed in my luggage, so I put them in my violin case. The Azeri customs official definitely looked surprised by all the bags of green herbs-thankfully I at least knew the word for basil!

  3. We have 1/8 inch bungee cord running the length of that space on Alchemy (another Pretorien) which I think would work for your spices?

  4. @JMD - Nice site.
    @Jessica - "basil" and "oregano", right?
    @Chris - We may have to emulate Alchemy.

  5. There is a product to keep rugs from sliding on wood floors that I've used to keep old people from sliding out of their wheelchair. Should work on spice jars!