Salt Pig with Spoon (6-oz.): Pink by RSVP International
As seen on used by Pat and Gina Neely on "Down Home with the Neelys", this Salt Pig with Spoon is based on old-fashioned salt keepers. This whimsical version includes ears, a curly tail, and a 4-in.long spoon. Made from stoneware with a matte pink glaze, it is 5-in. tall, holds 6-oz. and is dishwash... See complete description »
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As seen on used by Pat and Gina Neely on "Down Home with the Neelys", this Salt Pig with Spoon is based on old-fashioned salt keepers. This whimsical version includes ears, a curly tail, and a 4-in.long spoon. Made from stoneware with a matte pink glaze, it is 5-in. tall, holds 6-oz. and is dishwasher-safe.
I got this one for my friend's present and he likes it very much. BTW, it is cute too.
As soon as I took it out of the box, my sister wanted to name it. It's a very cute thing to have on the counter.
I really like the convenience this lends. I keep a big box of Kosher salt over my refrigerator and need a chair to get at it. Since I'm a little lazy or often rushing, I would often abandon the Kosher and go for table or ground sea salt, when I really wanted to use Kosher salt. Piggy helps this.
It holds quite a bit of salt - maybe 3/4 cup. This isn't a whole lot, especially if you use if for seasoning pasta water and the like, but is enough that you don't have to refill every day or two.
I'm unsure about how I feel about the included spoon. This, of course, isn't a big deal - I can use any spoon I want. See, the spoon is very shallow, so it doesn't hold much salt. I end up piling it high and then spilling it on the counter. Sure I could pick up the whole pig, and I sometimes do. But again, when I'm rushing, every second counts. The other thing about the spoon is that salt kind of sticks to it. I'm not sure if it's from humidity or static electricity or what, but it's not that big a deal.
I haven't had any problem with clumping salt. I first thought moisture was a problem because of the salt sticking to the spoon, but it's not. Ceramic should absorb a little moisture, keeping the salt dry. I wouldn't recommend this product for fine salt though.
And you can't beat the price.
I returned the item because it was too small for my purposes. I wish it had been larger.
This is a handy little container, much more convenient than the box in the cabinet where my kosher salt previously lived. The spoon is a bit small, so I usually just stick my hand in and grab some - this could be a problem if you have big hands. I've been giving these away as housewarming gifts and everyone loves them!
I bought this as a gift for a friend and my friend loved it.
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The main difference between salts is in their texture. Table salt's fine grain dissolves quickly and therefore is the preferred salt when baking. Sea and kosher salt's larger, irregular grain if sprinkled on food at the last minute adds a delightful crunch and hit of briny flavor as it dissolves on the tongue. Generally, accomplished cooks prefer kosher salt when cooking, since its coarse texture is easier "to take a pinch of" when seasoning savory dishes.