If you’re like me, you are an exceptionally fussy person when it comes to preparing food. Especially if a recipe seems very specific for a reason, or if you’re making it for the first time, you really want to hit those proportions exactly so that you know how that recipe is intended to taste. And that’s a pain in the ass, especially if they ask for tiny proportions of spices, or you have to scale it up for a dinner party.
Which is where this spice carousel comes in; essentially, it takes the hard part out of precise measurements while still giving you the ability to just lay it on really thick if you have to. Hey, sometimes something goes a little wrong and you need to cover a mistake with flavor.
Anyway, justifications for serving rosemary-encrusted chicken aside, this is a pretty neat carousel. It’s got room for twelve different types of spices, and getting them out is fairly simple. Just remove one of the containers, made of plastic and stainless steel, and click the dial. Each click gives you another quarter of a teaspoon. And if you need to measure out a lot of spices for recipes, or just want to rock and roll, you can flip up the top and rock and roll. Just don’t do that with the lemon pepper, or you’ll have excessively tangy chicken.
Also of use is the design. Instead of putting this on a counter, you can actually mount it to the underside of a cabinet and get a nice effect. The only downside is the limited number of canisters; you’ll either need to pick your top twelve most used spices or buy several (don’t worry: They’re stackable.) But that’s a small price to pay for precision, and to avoid dumping too much on your food.
You can buy this for $45 from Fancy.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.