Where there is pepper, there is salt and vice versa; the oldest ‘couple’ in recorded history. Prior to salt and pepper shakers, salt blocks were kept in cellars and when salt was needed you had to ‘chip’ away at it. Pepper mills/grinders were used to ground peppercorns into the desired smaller particles for use. The Morton Salt Company 0f Chicago, in 1911, started adding magnesium carbonate in salt to prevent it from caking (going hard). This hardening occurred when the moisture in the air dampened the salt and when it dried out it hardened.
Morton’s slogan “When it rains it pours” was very witty (amusingly clever) indeed. So even though salt and pepper shakers did not make their way onto the kitchen table until the late 1920’s and early 1930’s, Morton’s little ingenuity made it easy for the salt to pour out of the shakers. In those days a salt shaker had one hole and a pepper shaker two or three.
Whether you take anything with a ‘grain of salt’ or you want to ‘spice up your life’, these “two-tone” salt and pepper shakers made by Core Bamboo will grace any table. Made with one hundred percent organically grown bamboo, the salt and pepper shakers are one hundred percent food safe which meets European standards. Bamboo is a natural resource, so naturally you may like to fill the salt shakers with Celtic Sea Salt or Pink Himalayan Salt. Only nature’s best.
Core Bamboo Classic Two Tone Salt & Pepper Shaker Sets are sold online at the following stores:
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In high humidity the moisture will still dampen salt. Use a small amount of rice in the bottom of your salt shaker then fill the rest with salt. This will solve the issue.
Did you know?
The World’s First Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum came to fruition when Andrea Ludden from Gutlinburg in Tennessee was given an ultimatum by her husband Rolf. He said “Andrea, you either find somewhere to put these things or it’s a divorce!” Of course, he was referring to her salt and pepper shaker collection; thousands of them all over the house.
You can read all about the Luddens’ and their salt and pepper shaker museum at the Smithsonian Online Magazine.
Turning Salt & Pepper Shakers and Mills: 30 Projects for Turners of All Levels. Written by Chris West, this book is one to consider in reading. Sold online at the following stores:
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