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May 26, 2010 09:45 AM

Salt Box/Keeper?

Does anyone use these? I've seen them at places like W-S but have never heard of anyone actually using them.

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  1. Well, I re-purposed a sugar bowl (w/ lid) to hold kosher salt next to my cooktop for cooking, but I'm not sure if that's exactly what you're asking about...

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    1. re: ricepad

      Pretty much! :) Commandeering another vessels for the purpose, like you did, seems to make more sense than buying something like these:

    2. Salt pigs, I saw one at W-S and wondered what it was used for so I had to look it up when I got home. I use a small prep bowl if I'm going to need a bunch of salt and it sits on the counter till I use it up or contaminate it in which case it goes down the drain or in the trash.

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      1. re: SanityRemoved

        Is it important to have a pig look-alike for salt pigs? :)

        Most importantly, is it important to name your pig?

        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

          I had to search a little to find where the term came from. Cooks Illustrated wondered too and did the leg work and discovered that pig was used in Northern England and Scotland to denote earthenware. So pig(gy) bank comes from the same word.

          Maybe if you are going to use it at the dinner table it might be a good idea to have one that looks like a pig. The looks from guests and especially MIL when you say "Pass the Salt Pig" may liven up the dinner. More so if a slight pause is used between Salt and Pig.

          Likewise naming your pig should be done with great discretion as to prevent guests from being passed.

          1. re: SanityRemoved

            I love that -- "Pass the salt.............pig" Very funny!

            1. re: SanityRemoved

              People may get attached to the salt pig and refuse to pass him along. They may even kidnap him. Poor piggy.

          2. re: SanityRemoved

            I have had one of the salt pigs for years, produced by a potter and given to me as a gift by my children. It does not have ears, tails, or anything else decorative. Basic dome with a big hole in the front to stick your hand in. It sits by my stove, filled with kosher salt, and I use it constantly in either cooking, or salting something after it has been cooked. One of my go to kitchen tools, without the kitschy frou frou

          3. I have used one for years like Alton Brown uses. This one even has a gasket on the inside of the lid.:


            1. I also had one similar to Alton's, till the glass broke. Looking for a replacement, the wooden ones looked nice, but wasn't sure about being able to wipe it down, as mine lives next to the cooktop. Finally found a fiesta sugar bowl, that cleans up easily and is very handsome:

              1. I'm kind of tempted by this one:


                I'm not a Paula Deen fan but I use more than one kind of salt regularly and like the idea of having it all in the same place.

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                1. re: Aravisea

                  And you can put sugar and spice in it too. Put your four most used ingredients in it. There is disadvantage of this single lid salt box. Eventually, you will have minor mixing from one container to another. It will not be a problem if you are simpler putting 4 different kinds of salt as they are not extremely different. However, it can a problem if you have salt, cayenne pepper, dried clinatro, cumin powder....