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Kitchen Art 25000 Select-A-Spice Auto-Measure Carousel Professional Series, White
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- 9 x 8.75 x 4 inch, each canister holds 4.5 oz. each
- Made of durable white plastic
- Get exact amount needed without measuring spoons, twist the dial for a perfect 1/4 tsp. measurement
- Includes 12 removable spice compartments on a rotating base and 55 spice labels (spices not included)
- Mounts under a cabinet or shelf, or fully stackable for easy storage of 24, 36 or 48 different spices
- Includes 12 spice dispensers
- Patented Auto-Measure dial
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In need of easy storage for your spices? The Select-A-Spice Auto-Measure Carousel Professional Series provides a unique way to store and sort cooking spices. The Auto-Measure Carousel can be mounted under the cabinet or double stacked. 55 spice labels are included for you to apply to the 12 canisters for easy assortment (spices not included). Each canister holds 4.5 oz. of spices and automatically measures a perfect 1/4 tsp with each click. The canister also gives you the option to either shake or pour your spices out. Witness the space-saving functionality of this useful tool.
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They work great, save a lot of space in my kitchen, and let me access the spices without rummaging in a cupboard or drawer.
I fill them with bulk spices rather than filling them from spice jars. Different spices age at different rates, some spices I get a few tablespoons, some spices I get many tablespoons. It is much much cheaper to buy bulk spices by the tablespoon instead of buying jars at the grocery store.
I can refill both carousels (24 spices) for maybe $8. This keeps my spices fresh and my spending is 1/20th of what it would cost me at the store buying jars.
I use the 1/4 teaspoon dial quite a lot. For some things it isn't perfect (nice fluffy rubbed sage for example can be a little off) but for many spices it is perfect.
The directions say to not store salts in them. Just like in a small jar, once opened the salts will absorb moisture and become hard. Garlic salt and garlic powder always harden on me in the jar, I don't put them in this rack. It can't perform miracles. I always close everything tightly, my wife doesn't, guess what happens if the top or bottom door is not shut properly.... It also helps to fully seat the dispenser fully on the rack- that way the bottom has the 'seal' of being locked in the rack, and then the bottom door is also closed.
I have not had a big problem with moisture and most spices. This will depend a little bit upon where you live- I lived in the Pacific Northwest of the USA- 42 sunny days a year, rain or clouds the rest, and of course- lots of humidity. You will always have more trouble with spices and moisture in that environment.
I just broke one dial, after 10 years of use. I emailed the company, and they have replacement dispensers available to me for a very small cost.
I'm posting this review as I looked up my 10-year-old Amazon order to find the manufacturer, and I wanted to share my very positive and tested experience with this product.
! See new information at the end of the review !!
>-----BEGIN ORIGINAL REVIEW June 26, 2013----->
So I wasn't sure what to expect when I ordered this thing. I mean, if it worked as advertised it would be a great addition to my kitchen, but if the reviews I had been reading turned out to be true, then I was sure to be disappointed. Negative reviews included that they leak, and are cheaply made.
So I just got mine, and so far I haven't had much problem. Of course I will be updating this review because I am not so sure about some points, but overall I am pleasantly surprised.
First of all I will address the filling of these spice containers (as this is the first thing one does after washing them out and letting them dry.
Filling them was not super easy at first. If you are like me, you have all sorts of bottles and jars of spice of all sizes and shapes. Some tins even. Some can spill right in, but that is rarely the case. I tried a funnel at first, but because of the way the funnel sits in the top (not straight), that was more trouble than it was worth. I was thinking that I could try a larger funnel, but that just made the problem worse. The solution for me was to cut a strip of paper (I used heavy bristol sketch paper) an a shape that is narrower on one end and wider on the other end. Folding this in half I ended up with a perfect little spice chute that made the containers a breeze to fill up with no spillage. One thing to note is that the container might seem full, but there is a lip twords the back of the spice container near the top that prevents it from being filled up all the way at first. Give the container a good shake with the lid sealed to let it settle then top it the rest of the way off.
Next lets talk about the construction quality.
This set was not exactly what I would consider expensive. At the same time it is fair to expect a product to live up to the basic requirements of the description no matter the price. I think this does that (so far). None of the containers are leaking, nor do any of them seem either mis-aligned or not sealed properly. I get a satisfying "click" when I replace the top. I have not been juggling with them or anything so I cannot speak to hard use yet, but so far they seem pretty adequate. I do not have a mess by or near my spice rack. They do not feel like they are made of solid gold, but I think they feel equal to their price, and so far they live up to the advertised claims on that front.
And then the "Patented Dispenser Dial" Thingy.
This is where I deducted one star. This might be a case of me not completely understanding the mechanics of the dispensing technique yet, but I feel like more than a quarter TSP is being dispensed per click. I have no actual scientific measurements to back this up, and I could be wrong. Also, there is a "door" thing below each dispenser that keeps the door shut between servings. This door prevents leaks and also completes the seal for storage. It makes sense, but there are a couple of issues with this current design. One is that if the dial is turned while this door is closed, spice will back-up. Meaning that if you open the door in this case, spice will come out regardless of if you are ready for it. NBD, but not something I expected. Also the door prevents one-handed operation as you have to hold the dispenser and open the door with your other hand to get it rolling. This is no big deal. If the item is indeed dispensing the correct quantity per "click" of the wheel, none of things are of issue to me. Personally, I am not sure there is a way to improve this that I can think of.
The labels that are supplied with the device are, well, stupid. They are in some space-age font that looks like it came from a free font site. I do graphics, so maybe this is a thing no one else will mind, but the labels to me look like subway signs from the year 2100. Like they are trying way too hard to be futuristic. Also, if you have some offbeat spice names or custom blends, these labels wont cut it. I got a Dymo Letratag Plus Personal Label Maker, LT-100T DYMO Letratag Plus Personal Label Maker, LT-100T (1733013) with it so I could add my own labels with my own custom names. There are some blank labels included, so you could just get away with a sharpie, but these things look cool, and my handwriting and a sharpie would not really sit well on the design front I think.
Although these dispensers are not perfect in every way, overall I think they are more than satisfactory, and an attractive and functional solution for spice storage and use. And besides the labels, they look pretty cool.
>----- END REVIEW June 26, 2013 ----->
>----- START UPDATES July 21, 2013 ----->
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About the dispenser knob and 1/4 Teaspoon per click:
I have tested if the device actually dispensed the advertised amount of 1/4 Tsp per click of the knob. I have found that it does for the most-part. If dealing with a powder/fine spice these spice jars do dispense 1/4 teaspoon as log as the dispenser is held upright. If held at a strange angle or more than 35 degrees it might not despence the full amount IF the jar is not completely full.
In instances where dealing with bulky spices (say whole cloves) the measurement is about as accurate as measuring spoons. Not very I guess. It would be like measuring a spoon full of twigs if you can imagine that.
As I mentioned in before my edits, these bottles are not more durable than the price suggests. I still hold to this statement for the most-part, with a small deviation. The price would lead one to believe that these things must be pretty crappy. I am happy to report that they are not. They still do not feel like they are made from stainless steel, but they are quite sturdy and dependable. They are solid. I will add that the durability does not lie in the material as much as the overall design of the product. They are designed quite cleverly, and because of the thought that went into the design, we find that these devices snap snugly, do not leak (zero leaks out of 12 with heavy use over one month), and have a bottom "hatch" that secures the dispensing area after use. I still feel that these items are worth the small price. As a matter of fact, I tend to think that I got a really good deal. If a very similar item was found in a local housewares store, I am almost positive that the price would be well beyond what I paid here on Amazon. They are really that good.
I am upgrading my review from four stars to five. I am that pleased with them.