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Nov 24, 2009 12:42 PM

Salt shaker for kosher salt?

Anybody seen a salt shaker with larger holes for use with kosher salt? I prefer to use kosher for most things but the big cardboard container can be inconvenient or inelegant to use at the table.

I've considered getting one of those restaurant-style grated cheese shakers, but would prefer to find something smaller, more like a regular salt shaker.

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  1. Inexpensive Salt Shaker ~~ Ice Pick ~~~ You're in business :)

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    1. re: Uncle Bob

      Clever - I like that, thanks! Though I'd probably use a fine-tipped drill instead of an ice pick, perfectionist that I am.

    2. I'm not sure if this is bigger than you would like, but I use a sugar bowl instead of a shaker - I think sugar bowl is the right term, the little guy with the lid that comes in a set with a creamer or in a tea set. I find that this along with a demitasse spoon for scooping it out not only avoids the issue of the holes in a shaker being too small, but allows for more precise salting than a shaker does.

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      1. re: danieljdwyer

        That's a thought. But I'd be too concerned with guests (or even my wife or I in a moment of distraction) putting a spoonful into a cup of coffee by mistake. I actually did this once at a friend's house - not fun!

      2. I use a device that Alton Brown uses, a glass container with a metal holder and a flip top hinged lid. They're available in many cooking stores. I followed Tom Keller's advice and practiced using my fingers to do the salt, measuring how much I pick up with thumb and one finger, thumb and two fingers and thumb and three fingers, until I got it consistently each time. This is much more accurate than a shaker.

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        1. re: TomSwift

          i like those salt cellars when it's just me, they're very handy for grabbing a pinch...but i'd rather not have every random person who eats at my table sticking their fingers in my salt :)

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            Totally agree. At the table with guests we use individual salt cellars.

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              I've really grown to like pinching and sprinkling my salt from cooking from a lidded salt box on the hood over my cooktop. My family doesn't so I have a grinder on the table.

              I really like salt but I don't know that I'd want coarse kosher salt at the table.

          2. What about a ceramic pepper mill set to a course grind?

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            1. re: wolfe

              I have a salt grinder that matches my pepper grinder. Only for the look of course, as there's no need to "grind" salt. But it solves the problem.

            2. I give my kosher salt a couple of pulses in the blender to bring it down to size. I only do a little at a time though as its humid where I live and the salt will cake after a while.

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