PRETTY THINGS FROM PORTUGAL

KitchenSalt boxWooden salt box

SKU: 76100

$ 39.00

In the Mediterranean, salt cellars are a familiar sight in most kitchens with salt dispensed liberally during food preparation. In Portugal, the proximity of the Atlantic Ocean makes salt harvesting a valuable resource and it is still traditionally used for food preservation. The popularity of salted cod or bacalhau as well as sardines demonstrates how vital salt is to Portuguese cooking. Salt cellars are readily available in different forms with wood and ceramic variations most common.

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Description

Wooden salt box

Handcrafted salt box with swivel lid for adding your favourite salt pinch. Practical storage box for your favourite rock salt flakes. Can be used both as a storage box or for serving condiments. Designed from Portuguese oak wood, crafted by woodwork artisans at Gradirripas, Portugal.

  • Dimensions: 10x11cm
  • Weight: 300 grams
  • Material: Oak wood
  • Origin: Made in Portugal
  • Treated with food grade vegetable oils
  • Not suitable for dishwasher

The history behind the Salt Box

The salt box, also known as a salt cellar or salt pig can be traced back to Ancient Rome. In Roman households, the salinum as it was originally known, referred to a salt container which was typically silver. Salt was offered at the table and shared with others. While salt cellars have evolved over time, their importance at the dinner table has always remained. During the Middle ages, guests were assigned seating according to rank and this was measured by their proximity to the master’s salt cellar.

Salt cellars have always had ceremonial significance through history and salt itself continues to be presented at the dinner table as an important part of the dining ritual. Salt is dispensed to share with family and others and forms an important aspect of a meal in many cultures.

In the Mediterranean, salt cellars are a familiar sight in most kitchens with salt dispensed liberally during food preparation. In Portugal, the proximity of the Atlantic Ocean makes salt harvesting a valuable resource and it is still traditionally used for food preservation. The popularity of salted cod or bacalhau as well as sardines demonstrates how vital salt is to Portuguese cooking. Salt cellars are readily available in different forms with wood and ceramic variations most common.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 10 × 10 × 11 mm

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