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Unmarked salt and pepper shakers

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When you have unmarked salt and pepper shakers--one with one hole on the top, the other with two or three--how do you fill them? I put the salt in the single-hole shaker because it flows more freely and pepper in the multi-hole shaker because it does not. What do you do?

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  1. I do the same as you. Salt goes into the shaker with larger holes, pepper in the one with smaller.

    1. I actually thought it was the opposite - salt in shaker with multiple, but usually smaller holes, pepper in the one with one hole.

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      1. re: MMRuth

        I have one with 5 holes and one with 3 holes.....holes are the same size. What now?

      2. I'm starting to get ready for the holidays and I have a Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus salt and pepper shaker. They both have the same number of holes on top. My sister says the salt goes in Santa, and the pepper in Mrs. Claus. I took her word for it, but now I'm wondering why?

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        1. re: Infomaniac

          Your sister is hysterical!

          I can't wait to hear what she tells you when you ask her why....

          1. re: Kater

            This was her reasoning. Santa is old salt, and Mrs. Claus is hot, like pepper.

            1. re: Infomaniac

              You sister thinks Mrs. Claus is hot?

              That's one of the weirdest things I've heard today!

              Clearly the pepper goes inside Santa because both of them are so well travelled!

              1. re: Kater

                I usually don't use table salt, so I'm happy with my hands on Mrs. Claus

                1. re: Infomaniac

                  I think smarmy sister should buy you clear glass shakers from Wally World and you could put Mr. and Mrs. Claus on the mantel.

          2. re: Infomaniac

            I think it's because Santa and salt come first in each pair. We say Santa and Mrs. Claus, salt and pepper, not the reverse.

            1. re: MMRuth

              I found the same confusing answers. As I don't have either salt or pepper shakers, but grinders for both, I hope I never face this problem!

              1. re: cheryl_h

                I rarely get mine out ... at the table we use a little dish for the salt when it's just the two of us ... for whatever reason, I don't put pepper on the table for our daily meals.

            2. small holes = salt
              large holes = pepper