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How do you present sea salt/kosher salt at the table?

I have started using random small dishes I own (I have a set of very old vintage cordial glasses from my grandmother that are all uniquely-shaped) as salt cellars. but I'm wondering...do they still make salt cellars? I know I can hit an antique shop but most of the ones that aren't chipped are kind of expensive, in my experience.

Thoughts? And I don't want a salt grinder.

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  1. I have found very small mortar and pestle sets that work well and look nice on the table...

    a bit more contemporary could be to use shot glasses...with a small spoon..

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    1. re: jbyoga

      Yes, maybe I can look for creative shot glasses.

      I dont' want to bring out my grandma's glasses for EVERY occasion. I am too afraid that they will be broken and I love them.

    2. just curious though - why no salt grinder?

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      1. re: jbyoga

        The only thing you can reasonably put in a salt grinder is larger grained rock salt. Smaller grained, what I would consider more gourmet-ish salt (Murray River, Fleur de Sel, Maldon) would most certainly not do well in a grinder or a shaker and even if you put it in there you'd ruin the crystals. Maldon fans would be particularly disappointed to see their large beautiful crystals/flakes crushed into powder.

        1. re: HaagenDazs

          EXACTLY! Also, it doesn't serve a true purpose--doesn't release oils from salt as it does with pepper, you know? Seems superfluous and affected, I guess. And I love Halen Mon sea salt--the gorgeous flakes add as much as the flavor IMO.

      2. I think your use of your Grandmother's cordial glasses is charming and is probably making MS green with envy for not doing it first!

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        1. re: Quine

          :) Thank you. I was scrambling before Christmas dinner for the in-laws and that was a stroke of inspiration I was happy with. BUT, like I said above, I don't want to use them for every entertaining occasion because I am too afraid that they'll get broken. They are adorable, though!

        2. My wife found these little cut glass bowls maybe the size of a walnut cut in half. And get this....they come with tiny little "punch ladle" spoons. She says they are called "salt cellars". Find them in specialty stores or more likely antique shops.

          Usually i just put out the same bowl i use for cooking. and people use their fingers or a spoon.

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          1. re: chrisinroch

            I have individual salt cellars and salt spoons to set at each place. If you go looking for salt spoons be sure that the bowl of the spoon is gilded. Salt is very corrosive on silver and can pit it badly. There should be some big antique shows coming up at the fair grounds before too long. It could be nice to pick up old salt cellars and spoons individually for a unique look.

            1. re: Candy

              awesome! I'm fairly new to indy (despite my handle) and so I didn't know about hte antique shows. Where can I look to find out when they are coming?

              Thanks also for the advice on the spoons. I probably wouldn't have thought of that.

              1. re: IndyGirl

                I think Feb. or March they get pretty heavily advertised in the paper and on TV. There is a silver dealer in Broadripple who usually shows up and she has all sorts of old silver. They often advertise the shows in the Bloomington paper too.

                Photo of salt spoon and salt cellar, sorry for the glare.
                http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y75/...

                1. re: Candy

                  THAT is adorable!! I love it! And thanks for the help :)

                  1. re: Candy

                    Thanks,I have 8 of each. The cellars are antiques, i just got lucky and found them at a decent price for them. The spoons are Towle's Grand Colonial and though the pattern has been around for a long time, I bought them new. Or my DH did for my birthday.

            2. Salt cellar wins over small bowl or ramekin because the lid keeps dog hair and parsley out. Bowl/ramekin wins over salt cellar because guests can dip in freely with their fingers, single-handed, and season food according to touch. I suppose it is up to Williams-Sonoma to offer an infra-red salt cellar that opens up when it senses a set of fingertips looming near ($58).

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