The Best Salt Containers To Buy
How to Store Sea Salt
- These days there is SO much more appreciation about using natural artisanal sea salts.
- And choosing your own individual salt box with an unique shape and size that you love – adds to the fun of using these exotic sea salts in your kitchen.
- Using a salt box to store sea salt allows the salt to have better air flow, which also improves the salt’s taste and quality.
- So if you have beautiful gourmet sea salts, that are sourced from across the globe, why not store them in something special !
Why Use Salt Containers ?
- Canisters & boxes keeps your gourmet sea salt from clumping.
- Unlike highly processed table salt, the chemical make up of natural sea salt makes it susceptible to moisture.
- Sea salt is especially susceptible to moisture and clumping because it is NOT treated with all those anti-clumping chemicals that manufactured salt is !
- So you need to keep moisture out and keep your precious gourmet salt clean.
- Using a salt box, container or salt pig keeps your sea salt dry & clean and also readily available for cooking & accessable to measure out.
Bamboo Salt Containers
- Salt boxes come in ceramic, wood, glass and now the new trendy material – bamboo.
- Salt containers can be really attractive and add personality to your kitchen decor.
Salt Pigs – Ceramic & Wooden
Discover the ease of keeping salt near the stove with a Salt Pig.
- Rather than pouring salt into a measuring device, it can be quickly scooped out.
- Based on old fashioned salt keepers, the jars, known as “salt pigs” have a small knob for carrying, and a large hooded opening resembling the snout of a pig including ears, a curly tail and a 4″ spoon.
This Ceramic Salt Pig below holds approximately 6 ounces of your most frequently used salt.
Like this adorable Blue Stoneware Salt Pig
Salt Pig with Maldon Salt
Salt Containers – With or Without lids
- Some salt containers are open, but many have lids to help keep moisture out and to keep the salt clean.
- Lids can swivel or be magnetic to make the salt easier to access with one hand while cooking, although some boxes have lids that are completely removable.
- Some cooks prefer spoons as an accurate way to measure, others prefer spoons as a more hygienic method to dispense salt.
- And then there are other cooks who prefer the way professional chefs use a tactile feel to scatter sea salt into their dishes.
There is no right or wrong – spoon or no spoon – whatever you prefer!
Marble salt box with a smooth swivel top and dual 5 ounce compartments.
Fill with gourmet salts for a beautiful tabletop presence or convenient use in the kitchen.
Salt Containers With Lids
- It was in the 17th century when small salt spoons become popular, and many salt containers still come with spoons today.
- Salt containers or boxes either have lids or seals to ensure moisture is kept out or simple openings to spoon your salt.
- And then many salt containers offer one-handed access, so that a pinch of salt can be added with ease.
- Salt containers are generally small or an accommodating size, so they don’t usually take up much counter space or storage room.
Salt Should Not be Stored in Plastic or Metal Containers
- Salt has corrosive properties, so it can eat away at the container it is stored in.
- If using a plastic container, this can allow chemicals from the plastic to contaminate your prized sea salt.
- Storing salt in a plastic or cardboard container is problematic especially in areas with hot or humid weather.
- For the same reason, salt should never be stored in a metal container.
- Salt eats away at the surface of metal and causing rusting, corrosion and contamination
History of Using Salt Boxes
- The use of salt containers has been popular throughout history.
- Ancient Romans used a container called a salinum to make an offering of salt during meals and provide salt to those eating.
- Large salt containers were used as a status-symbol during the Middle Ages. They were placed at the head of the table and were typically highly decorated.
- Once the Industrial Revolution started, salt and its containers lost their status symbols. Nearly every household had salt in a salt box/cellar with lid. In fact, salt cellars were one of the first things to be mass-produced using pressed glass manufacturing.
- Salt boxes kept their popularity until the early 1900th C when anti-clumping chemicals starting being added to table salt and this led the popularity of salt shakers.
- It is only recently that salt containers have become popular again, especially due to the increasing use of pure and unrefined sea salt collected by skilled artisans being valued by home cooks.
Sea Salt vs Table Salt
- Your every day common table salt is typically washed and stripped of all natural minerals, bleached, chemically treated using heavy machinery and then the highly processed finished product also contains an anti-caking additive.
- This large scale commercial process removes many of the natural benefits and minerals from the original natural salt.
- In comparison traditionally crafted sea salt is minimally processed, very often hand-harvested and uses little or no machinery and with all trace minerals intact.
- Sea salt contains several beneficial minerals and elements, and these contribute to their unique flavour, texture and colours in addition to many health benefits.
- This is why many of the worlds top chefs and health professionals recommend the use of sea salt rather than common manufactured table salt.
Beautiful pink hue of gourmet Australian Sea Salt Flakes