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Salt shaker for kosher salt?

  • BobB Nov 24, 2009 12:42 PM

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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              1. re: just_M

                After pulsing, rice.

                1. re: wolfe

                  Thanks will definitely try.

              2. I bought one at World Market (Cost Plus) that has various hole sizes where you twist the top to adjust. It's steel and works great at the table.

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                1. re: chowser

                  chowser- do you have one of these styles?
                  http://www.worldmarket.com/product/in...

                  I have something similar that I brought back from France several years ago, and have wanted a couple more jars. So glad you mentioned them and that they are still available.

                  I really like this style because of the various hole sizes AND that you can completely cover up the holes.

                  1. re: souvenir

                    Those look perfect, and at 4 for $4 the price is right. Unfortunately I'm in Boston and the closest World Market is in Virginia. But maybe I can find enough other stuff on their Web site to qualify for free shipping ($50 minimum).

                    1. re: souvenir

                      No, the one I have is all steel. There are various size holes in the top, getting larger as you rotate the top but it's along the idea of those tops. I just online looked quickly and couldn't find it but if I do, I'll post.

                      1. re: chowser

                        Ah, funny. I misinterpreted because of what I already had.

                        I'll look for the all steel ones when I go in to buy the glass and steel version. For salts, I like the glass and steel, but for some other spices, I would like the all steel version better.

                        1. re: chowser

                          Okay, this is the closest I could find to the one I have:

                          http://www.amazon.com/Stainless-Steel...

                          I like mine better because the size changes gradually around as you turn the top but this is pretty close.

                          1. re: chowser

                            Even closer:

                            http://www.amazon.com/Grill-Friends-S...

                            1. re: chowser

                              Currently unavailable.

                      2. I use a recycled plastic spice/herb container that has a snap on cover with large holes and a screw on top. Most of you may have many of these in the pantry. Works well for my kosher salt. Not something I want on the dinning room table but while cooking it's fine. As functional as all the other spice containers.

                        1. Penzey's has a salt shaker that is designed for kosher.

                          I have a shaker/pepper grinder set that I love.

                          Just go to www.penzeys.com and seach on "shaker".

                          1. I've got six of these ceramills for spices at the tables. One of them holds either kosher or sea salt, depending on what I've got around.

                            http://www.amazon.com/WMF-Trend-Ceram...

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                            1. re: tomishungry

                              At dean & deluca today (on b'way and prince), I saw the perfect salt shaker with large holes. It looks like an old fashioned sugar shaker but smaller. Glass bottom stainless top... very simple. I almost bought it until I remembered- I don't need this, @BobB does.

                            2. From your cardboard box reference, I'd guess you're using Mortons. One option is to switch to Diamond Crystal. Those containers have small holes you can shake out of. I like the consistency of Diamond Crystal better anyway.