I loved the idea of the magnetic spice racks especially because I've become quite fond of buying only what I need of spices in the bulk bins at Whole Foods. After all, it's kind of silly to buy a $4 jar of spices for a meal you only make once in a blue moon. I much prefer 50 cents worth and to know it's fresh. It costs less in the long run, in my opinion. But having a bunch of flimsy little plastic pouches laying around isn't practical.
With this system, I only need to buy a little of the spices I don't use often (enough for say tonight's meal and maybe a few others) and have a place a little nicer than a plastic baggy for them. For those spices I do use regularly and seem to always being running out of and need to buy in large quantities (CUMIN!), well, I've got a giant container for those too! Awesome, 16 oz. containers!
Here's the low down:
I used JB Steel Weld to glue the magnets onto the tins. I roughly sanded the bottoms quickly before affixing the magnets. I bought the magnets from Amazon. They are 1/2"x1/8" neodymium magnets with a 3 pound pull strength. I used 3 magnets on the larger containers.
I bought all the containers through Specialty Bottle Online. Some of the lids seemed a little loose (I had heard about this), but a quick bend in the lip of the base makes them tight. If I had to change anything I think I wouldn't buy the 2.5 oz. flat jars and gotten the 4 oz deep jars instead. They take up less space (not as wide) and would work just as well for small quantities. That said, I had plenty of room, so it all worked out just fine.
I bought the magnets (a set of 100) at Amazon for $20 after shipping. (Link on right)
The holder is a sheet of 24"x36" galvanized steel from Lowes ($9) that my husband cut with a special blade that cost $4 on his table saw to cut it down to 21" wide. He pre-drilled the holes where we wanted to attach it into the steel. Then he predrilled the door and screwed the sheet onto the door. Note: not all stainless steel is magnetic. Only 400 series stainless steel would work. Quick research showed this to be a much pricier option.
I attached the rack to the back of my pantry door to keep the spices in a cool, dark place.
I haven't finished yet, but I'll be labeling them with my fancy labeler. For now, I used a sharpie on the back. Honestly, with the clear lid, things are pretty clear as to what they are but cayenne and paprika are a little hard to tell... so a quick label prevents me from making that mistake!
Waiting for the JB to set.