View Poll Results: Which shaker does the salt go in?
3 holes = salt 5 holes = pepper 94 47.00%
5 holes = salt 3 holes = pepper 106 53.00%
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Old 01-21-2012, 07:43 PM
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Which shaker does the salt go in?

One shaker has three holes and the other has five. All holes are the same size. What do you think?
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Old 01-21-2012, 07:45 PM
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Put salt in both of them.

Get a pepper mill for the pepper.
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Salt always goes in the one with the fewest holes because it pours faster so three.
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Old 01-21-2012, 07:46 PM
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I agree with alice.
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:00 PM
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The one with the S on it.
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:02 PM
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I'm using Sea salt, it doesn't pour out like table salt.
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:04 PM
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Salt goes in the one with more holes. You use more of it. I've never known anyone in my life who did it any other way. It's a sure bet when I pick up a shaker the one with more holes has always had salt in it. Unless it's already indicated by initial or color.
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:04 PM
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The one with the S on it.
Superman has salt in him?
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:15 PM
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Salt always goes in the one with the fewest holes because it pours faster so three.
Yep.

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Salt goes in the one with more holes. You use more of it. I've never known anyone in my life who did it any other way. It's a sure bet when I pick up a shaker the one with more holes has always had salt in it. Unless it's already indicated by initial or color.
Well, you've sort of met some of us.
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:19 PM
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Yep.



Well, you've sort of met some of us.
Heh, is it odd that a significant percentage of things I've learned on the dope is that people do things I never would have imagined with food?
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Old 01-21-2012, 09:08 PM
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I'm using Sea salt, it doesn't pour out like table salt.
Wait, you're enough of a gourmet that you're using sea salt but not a pepper mill?
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Old 01-21-2012, 09:15 PM
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Salt in the one with more holes. As coffinjumper stated, you use more of it. Pepper is typically used more sparingly.
What's surprising to me is that this appears to be another "does the toilet paper roll go over or under" debate. To each his own, I guess!
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Old 01-21-2012, 09:22 PM
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If you look at shaker sets with an "S" and "P" on them, the salt shaker always has more/larger holes. People use much more salt on their food than pepper, simply because a little pepper goes a long way.
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Old 01-21-2012, 09:22 PM
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I use way more pepper than salt, but I know that the salt goes in the one with more holes. I'm sure if you want to Google salt and pepper shaker images you will see many examples. Personally I use a grinder for both the pepper corns and the sea salt.
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Old 01-21-2012, 09:27 PM
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Too much salt will spoil almost anything; pepper is much more forgiving. Less holes for salt.

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Old 01-21-2012, 09:29 PM
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I just followed my own advise and Googled images... lots to support my stance... and just as many that contradict it. So I guess the answer is whichever you put the salt in is the salt shaker. Shake some in your palm first to see how much comes out, and which it happens to be.
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Old 01-21-2012, 09:56 PM
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I use identical clear glass shakers which elimnates confusion. Originally, both had the same number and size of holes but the coarse ground pepper I like didn't come out well so I used a Dremel tool to enlarge a few of the holes. Now it is perfect.
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Old 01-21-2012, 10:42 PM
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The one with more holes has always been for Salt. Look at any salt & pepper shaker set in a restaurant.

I buy my salt in shaker containers. So it's been a long time since I filled an old fashioned shaker.

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Old 01-21-2012, 10:56 PM
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In most restaurants I have been in, and households come to that, the salt shaker has had only one, relatively large hole; the pepper has had several holes, but smaller. This is because salt has larger, heavier grains that require a larger hole, but it will go relatively fast through a hole large enough not to get constantly jammed. Pepper will go through much smaller holes, but to get enough of it you need several of them.

Hole size is more to the point than hole number, but, generally, the larger the holes the fewer of them there are.

But anyway, if we are talking about sea salt, in my experience its grains (or flakes) are too large to be used with a shaker at all. You want a salt cellar.

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Old 01-21-2012, 11:07 PM
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Wait, you're enough of a gourmet that you're using sea salt but not a pepper mill?
I can't live without my sea salt and fresh ground pepper. I was tired of my daughter complaining about not having regular old salt and pepper around so I dug these out. They have no markings and are wooden.

Update:

The holes were too small on both so I used a small drill bit to fix em and now the one with three holes is good for the pepper and the one with 5 holes is full of sea salt that comes out just right.
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Old 01-21-2012, 11:18 PM
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I don't use shakers of any kind, but in my family, it was salt 3, pepper 5. I use more pepper than salt, by far. Currently, I just use a grinder for the pepper, and a small ramekin for the Kosher salt. I mostly cook with the salt, but my wife uses it to season her food at the table, as she'd probably even salt a salt lick.
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Old 01-21-2012, 11:18 PM
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More holes = salt, always (in my experience).
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Old 01-21-2012, 11:23 PM
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I checked the pre-filled salt shaker that I use. It has six holes. I bought a whole tray of them at Sams. They are considered disposable.

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Old 01-22-2012, 12:34 AM
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For me personally, I put the pepper in the one with the more holes, since I use more pepper than salt. I'm aware, though, that the other way around is more usual, and if I'm at someone else's house and there's no other indication, I'll assume the one with more holes is salt. Since I wasn't sure which the OP was asking for, I didn't answer.
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Old 01-22-2012, 01:03 AM
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Presumably, pepper is spicier, so, for the less spicy inclined, pepper tends to get fewer holes.
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Old 01-22-2012, 01:47 AM
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Put salt in both of them.

Get a pepper mill for the pepper.
This. Fresh-ground pepper beats the hell out of canned, preground stuff.

It's fascinating that this poll is split almost evenly. My experience is that more holes = salt.
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Old 01-22-2012, 08:15 AM
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Shakers are designed with the idea that salt goes in the one with larger/more holes. The question should be worded "Which one do you put salt in?"

Please do not apply the same freedom of choice when it comes to which side of the road you drive on.

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Old 01-22-2012, 08:27 AM
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Salt goes in the one on the right, with pepper going on the left, although we only bring out the table-top set when company comes over. We prefer to season the dishes properly while preparing them.
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Old 01-22-2012, 08:49 AM
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Salt goes in the one on the right, with pepper going on the left
And if I'm sitting directly across the table from you?
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Old 01-22-2012, 09:12 AM
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Seems ike this is another UK/US difference. I'm with njtt on this one. Salt - fewer but larger. Pepper - more but smaller.

In my house though I have pepper and sea salt grinders.

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Most of the images I found using the generic search engine of my choice show the pepper shaker with more holes and the salt with fewer, often only one.

In some cases the distinction was pretty dramatic. (Although that image does not definitively identify which shaker is which.)

I did find exceptions, and in many cases it's just impossible to tell what intent, if any, the manufacturer had for their product's use.

By looking at the poll results, I'm guessing the battle is likely to continue.
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Old 01-22-2012, 09:24 AM
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In some cases the distinction was pretty dramatic. (Although that image does not definitively identify which shaker is which.)
Since they're British, to a Brit I feel the distinction would be blindingly obvious - the one-holer would be the salt.
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Since they're British, to a Brit I feel the distinction would be blindingly obvious - the one-holer would be the salt.
And to me as an American it is as obvious as which side of the road you should drive on.
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Old 01-23-2012, 09:55 AM
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I feel the distinction would be blindingly obvious - the one-holer would be the salt.
Please note that I said: that image does not definitively identify which shaker is which.

I tend to agree with you, but it is a opinion poll, and the numbers are still running about 50/50.
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Old 01-23-2012, 10:52 AM
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while more holes in a shaker is for salt, is the traditional, that is just plain wrong.

it is too easy to over salt. if you use ground pepper then you need a lot more than if you use a pepper mill.
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I would put salt in the one with fewer holes. I voted first before reading any other responses.

I use more pepper than salt.
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More holes for salt, otherwise your grandmother doesn't get to say "careful, it comes out fast!"

Every time you eat together. For decades. Even until you're well into your thirties and are pretty familiar with salting your own food. Requiescat in pace.
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Old 01-23-2012, 11:17 AM
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Please note that I said: that image does not definitively identify which shaker is which.
What I'm saying is that it does definitively identify it if you're British. Which it absolutely does, because they're British shakers. If you're American, clearly the jury's out.
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Salt goes in the shaker with fewer holes, because table salt (as opposed to sea salt) comes out quickly and you can easily oversalt your food accidentally with too many holes. Ground pepper requires more shaking and more holes.
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<snip> it absolutely does, because they're British shakers.
I guess I'm missing something as I'm not sure why those are British. Perhaps you meant these. two click rule


I didn't notice anything I would have considered a British shaker when I lived there, although that obviously means very little.

What I meant by definitively was something like this.

Again, the salt shaker has only one hole, but I don't see how any nationality can be assigned because of that.
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Old 01-23-2012, 12:20 PM
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I use identical clear glass shakers which elimnates confusion.
Ditto. My shakers both have 11 tiny holes.
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Old 01-23-2012, 12:27 PM
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Usually people are concerned that their food is too spicy or peppery so the pepper always goes in the shaker that doesn't allow too much to come out. Which inspires me to unscrew the damn thing cause I want pepper, and not just a few little specks.
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In my family it's more holes for the salt, fewer for the pepper. I always assumed we had it backwards but my folks are salt-aholics so it works for us.
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More holes for salt.
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Seems ike this is another UK/US difference. I'm with njtt on this one. Salt - fewer but larger. Pepper - more but smaller.

In my house though I have pepper and sea salt grinders.
Same here. Perhaps it's because, according to another thread on here, we use brown pepper more, at least in cafes (not so sure about restaurants and definitely not sure that's true for people's homes), which is finer and not as strong as black pepper.

I only have grinders too. They're shaped like rubix cubes.

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I guess I'm missing something as I'm not sure why those are British.
The description says they're made by A.H Woodfull for British Industrial Plastics and a gives a history of the company, which was English.
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Old 01-23-2012, 03:35 PM
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The description says they're made by A.H Woodfull for British Industrial Plastics and a gives a history of the company, which was English.
That explains a lot.

I went back to my original post and realized I used a different link. When I went back to look at the same image, the web page that image came from didn't include that description.

But there are plenty of images out there where the salt shaker is marked SALT, or as in my last link NaCL. That's definitive. And in most of those cases, I found the salt shaker had fewer holes.

I suspect it's a bit of reversified logicking on my part that, in assuming that salt shakers have fewer holes, I further assumed it was because the salt flowed more easily and so was more restricted.

The way some people pour it on, it's a wonder there's a lid on the damn things at all.
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I can't believe how incredibly and obviously wrong the majority of you are.
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Old 01-23-2012, 05:57 PM
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More holes for pepper. You use more salt, but it also comes out easier/faster, so you don't need all those holes unless you want to raise your sodium too high.
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Wow. You crazy Americans.

Every time I start to think we're not that different, along comes some bizarre little difference where you are doing things totally wrong.

The correct way ( ), is the salt shaker always has less holes, however the hole(s) are larger, while the pepper shaker has multiple smaller holes. Makes sense to me on the basis that salt is far courser than pre-ground pepper so needs the larger hole to flow properly. Presumably this is some Commonwealth solidarity from the convict colony.
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Old 01-23-2012, 07:11 PM
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Thanks for explaining, SciFiSam. And thanks for the penises, SiXSwordS.
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