Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Salt Pots, Salt Pigs

Now I don't know why they are called 'Salt Pigs', but I do have a thing for them.  I can't quite put my finger on what I like about them - whether its the pottery (I think there is a hidden potter in me wanting to come out).  The individual style; the appeal of the burnished brown colouring; or just the pure charm of them - but whenever I walk into a craft market,; a thrift shop; or an antique market, I am always attracted by the salt pots on offer.  So much so that D has had to pull me away, literally.  I think I own five, also a French style wooden one that was hung in the kitchen and now packed away.  

The smallest one in the picture was the first one I ever owned.  I got the potter who was working at Kelburn Castle and Country Centre to make me and my best friend Leah one.  I still haven't sent hers to her and its been a good ten years.  To be truthful, I am too afraid to post it to her in case it arrives shattered.  I can speak of this from first hand experience, as I once bid on a salt pig on ebay, never again will I buy ceramics online - I dare not open the box when it arrived hearing the rattle and smash.  I left no feedback for the person concerned. More likely it was the postal service that damaged it, but still...I was disappointed.  
Now admittedly, I don't have sea salt in all of these. 

One of course does contain sea salt, the others, hold dried chillies and sometimes even fresh ginger.

Do any of you have salt pots in your kitchen?!  I'd love to know.  

27 comments:

  1. I think there called "salt pigs" because of the snout like opening they all have that’s what I have always been led to believe. I use to have a lovely one but it got broken when we moved 6 years ago but haven’t replaced it maybe after reading this I just might.

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  2. I also love salt pigs- there is something so satisfying about their round shape. I have a tiny blue one that sits next to the hob- full of salt!

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  3. A salt pot is something I don't have in my kitchen. I keep the salt in a container in the press. Does the salt stay dry in the pot?

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  4. I'm afraid we keep our salt for immediate use in a ramekin next to the cooker! No fancy salt pigs... :(

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    1. I think you better keep your eye out for one. You'll love it.

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  5. Again, nothing sophisticate for my salt. I put it in a jar of glass. But I am optimist because I always recieve something for the kitchen for my birthday. Now I know what to ask for!

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    1. You must get one Veronica, you'll adore it in your kitchen space.

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  6. I have a lovely French Salt Pig ~ blue and white! And a few antique salt cellars...love them!
    My blog has moved by the way...from blogger to Wordpress here:
    http://www.lavenderandlovage.com/blog/

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  7. I love my salt pig and use it every day! I only have the one mind you...

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  8. I like your salt pig collection!

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  9. I love the middle cream pig-I can almost imagine him snuffling happily away on the workbench...

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  10. Hi Shaheen
    I have a salt pig sat next to my egg rack. It rarely contains salt though! I tend to keep garlic in it or shallots
    Jane

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  11. No, none in my kitchen. Don't think they are as popular here in Canada. Yours are lovely and yes, there is a hidden potter in us all, I think.

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  12. As I didn't know why they are called salt pigs either I looked it up and found this -
    "pig" is found in Scots and northern English dialect meaning an earthenware vessel. The earthenware draws the moisture to keep the salt dry!

    Hence a vessel to hold salt or anything else you fancy.

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  13. How nice to see some of your special kitchen implements, Shaheen. This is a fun feature to do until you have your own kitchen again. I hope you are feeling better and try not to worry about the job that did not come through - better things will come your way - stay positive. Here's hoping for a brighter new year!

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  14. I love my salt pig, I'm quite ruthless I only have one at a time, when I see an even nicer one at a car boot sale or in a charity shop I replace the one I'm currently using, donating the old one to the charity shop. I would however, keep your big curly edged one forever....it's gorgeous.

    One day I'll find one like that for me!!

    There is something just so 'right' about them isn't there.

    Sue xx

    Sue xx

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  15. Hi Shaheen, I have to confess I covet your salt pots. My sister had one too which I loved but I've never bought myself one....and I have no idea why, because I love them.

    I would love to do a pottery class and make one ~ a handmade coil pot would be perfect ~ or is that in my mind :D

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  16. I found a retro painted salt box in an Op shop this year and I have to say its changed my life (OK so I'm prone to exageration...). They are so convenient aren't they? Why on earth I stored salt any other way I do not know.

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  17. I love these - I thought they were called spice hogs or salt hogs but am never sure - the name makes sense because they have a little snout where you reach in for salt - I love mine and have to remind myself it is all I need and stop from buying more - so I quite understand the attraction

    I once gave a gift of a windchimes of coloured glass fragments to a friend and she thought it was all broken when she picked up the package - and I have had ceramics break in a suitcase check in on a plane trip so I understand your wariness there

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  18. I love salt pigs too! I saw one recently and really wanted to get it but I didn't want to store salt in it. I should've bought it anyway and just put something else in there.

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  19. Salt Pigs! Love them although I don't own one as yet! Can you recommend a good place to get them? :) Or maybe you need to start up a pottery business making salt pigs! I'll buy them!

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    1. Hi Crispy,

      I have been fortunate to find them at thrift shops. There are a lot of potters that make them, so I'll come by your blog and let you know of one.

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    2. Hi Crispy,

      We at Weston Mill Pottery in Nottinghamshire proudly manufacture 14 different glazed & unglazed, terracotta Salt Pigs (& baby Salt Piglets)...

      Please check them out at: http://www.wmpot.co.uk/salt-pigs

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  20. Hm...I have a salt pot (not a pig though) from my grand-grand-grandmother. Maybe I should make a photo, too.
    I love it, mine is big, big enough to get to the salt with your hand.
    I love your little one even if you use it for chillie and not for salt :)

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    1. Thanks Torwen.
      Love to see your salt pot.

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  21. I have a collection of salt pigs..probably about 160 plus!..ancient and modern, studio and class manufacturers. However, as of end April I lose my storage and display capability and am looking to sell them ALL.......

    Anyone interested contact me on fletchergeoffrey@ gmail.com please.

    Thanks /geoff

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