Salt & Pepper Shakers: Flavor Versus Flow

Salt & Pepper Shakers: Flavor Versus Flow

Jen DeRose
Sep 29, 2008

No, we're not going old-school rap on you.

But we are going retro with a pair of vintage salt and pepper shakers we spotted at a yard sale over the weekend. They've got a charming design, are in excellent condition, and are a great example of reuse. But when we went to fill them, we didn't know which was for salt and which is for pepper. One has three openings, and the other has five.

In the words of Salt-n-Pepa: "Let's talk about it..."

We did a little research and it seems there's two camps: "flow" versus "flavor."

The "flavor" side argues that since we tend to use salt more often, we should put salt in the shaker with more holes. The "flow"' side argues that since pepper is coarser than salt, it should go in the shaker with more holes so that it flows smoothly.

My boyfriend's on the "flavor" side (tellingly, he also has high cholesterol). I'm undecided.

What do you do?

photos: jen derose

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