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Old 03-15-2009, 08:19 PM   #1
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Kitchen Shortcut: Measuring Salt

I have a large commercial-style salt shaker in my kitchen, like the one pictured below. It holds about half a box of Morton's table salt.

It occurred to me one day several years ago that each shake delivered about the same amount of salt, so I measured and determined that twenty shakes consistently produces 1 teaspoon of salt, and thus 10 shakes = teaspoon, 5 shakes = teaspoon, etc.

It's not exact, of course, but it's close enough for most cooking (I still measure when baking).



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Old 03-15-2009, 09:05 PM   #2
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with all due respect....I wouldn't stand there shaking and counting, I'd just use the measuring spoons...but, that's me....
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Old 03-15-2009, 09:47 PM   #3
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I use one of these, and don't attempt to measure. Twenty shakes for a teaspoon is a lot of shaking.
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Old 03-15-2009, 09:55 PM   #4
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Buck and I never used much salt, so "shakes" wouldn't be part of our repertoire. Just sprinkle a bit and add more as necessary. A box of salt lasts several years, if not more here.
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Old 03-15-2009, 09:57 PM   #5
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I do the same thing, pretty much. I also measured into my hand so I could pour into hand and measure that way.
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Old 03-15-2009, 10:39 PM   #6
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with all due respect....I wouldn't stand there shaking and counting, I'd just use the measuring spoons...but, that's me....
The point, my dear, is to AVOID having to use the measuring spoon. This saves time and steps when a recipe calls for the addition of salt.
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Old 03-15-2009, 10:43 PM   #7
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Unless I'm missing something, what, really, is the difficulty using a measuring spoon to dole out salt. It isn't sticky or messy. Guess I don't use enough salt to see the problem. In fact, all our salt cellars have little measuring spoons in them.
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Color me confused but how does counting 20 shakes save time over a quick measuring spoon? It takes more time to shake 20 times than it does to grab a spoon and measure the accurate amount of salt. Besides, salt is generally "to taste" unless it's in baking.
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Old 03-15-2009, 10:58 PM   #9
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Color me confused but how does counting 20 shakes save time over a quick measuring spoon? It takes more time to shake 20 times than it does to grab a spoon and measure the accurate amount of salt. Besides, salt is generally "to taste" unless it's in baking.
Nonsense. It takes about 5 seconds to shake out a teaspoon of salt from the shaker on the stove top, as opposed to finding the teaspoon measure, getting out the box of salt, and carefully measuring it out. Besides, most recipes specify the amount of salt to add rather than saying "to taste." Would you expect to taste raw meatloaf to determine if it had the correct amount of salt? Get real and stop being so **** negative about everything.
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Unless I'm missing something, what, really, is the difficulty using a measuring spoon to dole out salt. It isn't sticky or messy. Guess I don't use enough salt to see the problem. In fact, all our salt cellars have little measuring spoons in them.
I agree. There's no need to count shakes. Getting a spoon or even learning to eyeball in the palm is much easier than trying to count shakes. I have a recipe from my SIL and it drives me nuts to count 10 shakes and 14 shakes. I'd much rather grab a spoon than try and count shakes and guess are my shakes are accurate. And what if my shakes are different from hers? Shakes just doesn't work for me or seem the way to go.
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