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Toronto Culinary Student envy of fellow students

Karla displays the spices she needs for her homework assignments with a Complete Spice Rack Solution—Culinarian — Bravada edition

Karla was our very first featured cook in our March 2008 Newsletter. Here’s Karla’s story!

I am currently a Culinary Management student at George Brown College in Toronto, Ont. Canada. At school I am always learning about new spices and blends and have a love for spices from all regions of the world. I started with over 50 varieties of spices on my own before attending chef school and I'm collecting more all the time. I couldn't find a spice rack large enough to organize my collection, which makes cooking difficult when you don't have your ingredients available to you.

My custom magnetic spice rack is amazing and it's so easy to find what I need. I actually bought the piece of sheet metal at Home Depot and cut it to size and just screwed it into the wall. It was easy! It was actually my dad's idea. I've been looking to do this for a very long time. I have almost 50 spices and blends and was never able to find a spice rack big enough and functional for my love of spices. I also get to showcase my love of herbs and exotic spices to everyone that comes over. I'm the envy of all my chef school classmates.

This was a great purchase. I've recommended your site to all my soon to be chef friends. 

CMSR Note:  Karla purchased 4 oz. squares and a set of Clear Rectangular labels.  She adhered the magnetic material to the bottom of each tin and placed them on the stainless steel panel her father fashioned for her.

Like Karla's idea?  But want an easy solution for your wall mounted spice rack?  Purchase a Culinarian or Culinarian II  (choice of Stainless or Colored Steel Panel, 48 6 oz. spice tins and a set of Deluxe spice labels--everything you need to create Karla's spice rack) or buy a Brushed Stainless Steel Magnet Board and choose the spice tins separately.  Your wall mount spice rack can be up in no time!

Read on if you would like to Do It Yourself!

Not all Stainless Steel is Magnetic!

Stainless steel is the universal name for a number of different steels used primarily for their anti-corrosive element.  When it comes to classifying stainless steel as having magneticmagneticmagnetic properties, there is not a simple yes and no answer.

It is important to understand that stainless steel is not a pure magnetic metal. In fact, stainless steel is really a collective name for a steel alloy that is mixed with other metals in order to give it the properties that make the metal compound so desirable.  For instance, the typical stainless steel contains just over ten percent of chromium.  Other metals may be introduced into the steel compound as well as the chromium. One of these metals is nickel.  Essentially, the addition of nickel to the stainless steel compound helps to strengthen the protective qualities of the chromium.  Generally referred to as a 300 series, stainless steel that contains nickel is not magnetic at all.  The reason is that the presence of the nickel alters the physical structure of the stainless steel and removes or inhibits any magnetic qualities.  Stainless steel refrigerators are not magnetically attractive.

However, magnetic stainless steel does exist.  The 400 series, which contains steel and chromium, but without the presence of nickel, does have magnetic qualities. The degree of magnetic attraction may vary.  Because the Grade (300, 400, etc. ) may not be displayed at your DIY store, it is recommended to take a magnet or one of your tins with the magnetic material on the bottom with you to test for magnetic attraction. 

Have fun creating your wall mounted spice rack!