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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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    jeremyn Dec 1, 2009 05:12 PM

    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.

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      tomishungry Nov 25, 2009 12:13 PM

      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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        honeybea Dec 1, 2009 01:40 PM

        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. Monch Nov 25, 2009 10:42 AM

        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. scubadoo97 Nov 25, 2009 10:37 AM

          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. chowser Nov 24, 2009 03:51 PM

            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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              souvenir Nov 25, 2009 07:46 AM

              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.

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                BobB Nov 25, 2009 07:56 AM

                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).

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                  chowser Nov 25, 2009 08:03 AM

                  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.

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                    souvenir Nov 25, 2009 08:22 AM

                    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.

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                      chowser Nov 25, 2009 10:50 AM

                      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.

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                        chowser Nov 25, 2009 10:55 AM

                        Even closer:

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

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                          Mother of four Nov 25, 2009 04:02 PM

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                    just_M Nov 24, 2009 03:00 PM

                    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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                      wolfe Nov 24, 2009 03:29 PM

                      After pulsing, rice.

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                        just_M Nov 28, 2009 08:07 PM

                        Thanks will definitely try.

                    2. wolfe Nov 24, 2009 01:39 PM

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

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                        DGresh Nov 25, 2009 07:48 AM

                        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.

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                        TomSwift Nov 24, 2009 12:59 PM

                        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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                          goodhealthgourmet Nov 24, 2009 01:15 PM

                          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 :)

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                            TomSwift Nov 24, 2009 02:29 PM

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

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                              rainey Dec 1, 2009 03:28 PM

                              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.

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                            danieljdwyer Nov 24, 2009 12:50 PM

                            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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                              BobB Nov 24, 2009 01:01 PM

                              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. Uncle Bob Nov 24, 2009 12:47 PM

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

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                                BobB Nov 24, 2009 12:49 PM

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

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