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Throw away your measuring spoons

Spice carousel measures your favorite spices automatically

Jennifer Lowell
Jenn Lowell spent her time at the University of Colorado building robots and other toys before earning her graduate degree in mechatronics and mechanical engineering. She is a self-proclaimed lover of anything that runs off of electricity and has moving parts or motors. Currently pulling double-duty as a high school science teacher and freelance blogger, she has free time seldom enough to deeply appreciate the modern technological conveniences that give her more of it. She is a long-time recreational blogger currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY.
Jennifer Lowell

The spice carousel shown here is a way to put your cinnamon on the spin cycle. Sky Mall

For the chef who likes to keep their kitchen clean as they're cooking, traditional measuring spoons are a pain in the neck. Especially if you use them when you're baking, having to repeatedly wash your set of measuring spoons in between half teaspoons of baking soda, cinnamon, cumin, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper gets really annoying. I have the kind of measuring spoon with a slider that can be set to different increments, so I have to wash mine every time it's used while I'm cooking.

What's an elegant solution to this kind of water-wasting problem? Eliminate the middleman and measure the spice directly from the spice bottle. This automatic spice carousel does the trick by measuring spices in quarter teaspoon increments, plenty small enough for most cooking and baking jobs.

The spice carousel raises the convenience factor on your cooking, not only by eliminating the need for washing your spoons, but also by putting your spices within arm's reach. The spinning spice rack can be put inside a cabinet or mounted underneath one.

The fully stackable auto-measure spice rack by KitchenArt can be found in white on Sky Mall's Web site for $29.99.