Saturday, February 9, 2013
Obsession #2: Salt Cellars
For the past three years, I've used a dressing cup to store a few tablespoons of kosher salt alongside the stove, armed with a vintage scoop, for seasoning whatever's bubbling. The salt is often spilled or dusted with a smidge of pepper that falls away as I replace the neighboring grinder. So even though it's a simple solution, I've been searching for an affordable replacement for a while. My favorites:
1. The Berard 90070, found on Amazon, is made with French Olive Wood and handcrafted by artisans. Beautiful wood, really, but on the expensive side at $35.
2. I adore most Le Creuset things, if only because they LAST. I like the idea of a colorful Le Creuset salt cellar, and it fits my vintage scoop. $32 on sale at Amazon.
3. This Acacia Salt Cellar at Crate & Barrel is half the price ($9.95) of the one at Williams Sonoma, and it looks nearly identical.
4. Williams Sonoma's Salt Keeper is made out of maple, a lighter toned wood with a nicer finish, at twice the price ($19.95) for the exact same shape and size.
5. And the winner is.... (very surprisingly — I've never been a PD fan) this Paula Deen Salt Cellar delight with two compartments and an attached, twistable lid. I like that it can store two grades of salt, probably kosher and sea salt, and has a top that won't get lost or knocked off despite my often uncoordinated cooking antics. While the link I've included goes to Amazon ($14.99), you can also pay a pinch more ($17.99 plus shipping) to buy it at Target.com, if you prefer.