Introducing “The Pig”

I’m not sure where I first saw a salt pig. It was probably on a website that sells cooking, baking, and general kitchen supplies and equipment. It seemed familiar, like I had probably seen someone using one on TV, and I immediately wanted one. But in an uncharacteristic show of restraint, I didn’t buy it.

I figured I’d see one in a store somewhere, so I could get a better look at it and decide if I really thought it would be a nice addition to my kitchen. So I looked around, and to my surprise, not only did I not find any salt pigs, I couldn’t even find anyone who knew what I was talking about. Even in kitchen and specialty stores, the clerks just stared at me like I had asked if they had any polite Frenchmen in stock.

The closest thing I found to my elusive salt pig was a two-tiered bamboo salt cellar, which has taken up residence on my counter, but still didn’t fulfill my now single-minded quest to find le porc de sel. The problem was that by the time I realized I wasn’t going to find it in a store near me, I couldn’t remember where I first saw it. I surfed around the ‘net and found a lot of salt cellars, and even a few pigs, but not like the one that had first captured my imagination.

Or was it my imagination? Had I dreamed the whole thing? Was there a salt pig like the one I was looking for, or had my quest been in vain?

Then it happened. I got a free shipping e-mail offer from one of the kitchen sites I visit and from whom I occasionally make a purchase. I wasn’t really in the market for ingredients or supplies, so I almost deleted the message. Then I remembered the pig, and figured it was worth a shot. And, lo and behold!, I found it! Not just one like it, but the very salt pig for which I had searched in vain these many months.

I supposed it goes without saying that I ordered it immediately.

Then something strange happened. In the week between when I purchased it and when the package was delivered, I started to wonder why I thought I needed a salt pig in the first place. Sure, it’s nice to have an open and readily accessible salt container at hand while cooking, but I had cooked for decades without one, so did I really need it? And would I actually use it? Maybe I wouldn’t even like it.

When it arrived, I unboxed it, being careful to save the packaging it came in, lest I decided to return it. I liked the look of it. In fact, it was nicer than it had looked online. I filled it with salt, put it on top of the stove, and soon found myself reaching for it whenever I cooked. Before long, I could hardly remember cooking or baking without it.

So now, without further adieu, patient readers, I give you “The Pig”:

Before you read this, you may not have known what a salt pig was, and you probably never thought you needed one. But I’m telling you, you want this. It’s the best invention since, well, salt.



  1. Cher said,

    April 15, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I have had my eye on a pink one that came with the little ears on top for a while now… You are raising my temptation level to hop on to Amazon…

    • gaaarp said,

      April 16, 2011 at 12:04 am

      Buy the pig. Buy the pig. Buy the pig!!!

  2. Renee said,

    April 14, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    I had never heard or seen a salt pig before I read this blog! I’m sitting her wondering if I’d use it often enough, but you said you use it all the time. Hmm…. maybe a great “stocking stuffer” idea for the husband. I’m always on the lookout for those fun little things I’d never buy myself. BTW- that polite frenchman comment has me laughing so hard the 3 year old came in from the other room to ask what was so funny.

    • gaaarp said,

      April 14, 2011 at 6:06 pm

      Well, thank goodness someone got it! I love, love, love my pig. Definitely a good stocking stuffer idea.

  3. Kayte said,

    April 14, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Okay, I know what a salt pig is as I have seen these around for quite awhile, but I don’t know what a Polite Frenchmen is and when I googled it, your blog came up. lol So What Is A Polite Frenchmen? A reference to a comic strip? A reference to a movie? Something else altogether? Educate me. I have a crock that I keep salt in by the stove and I like it…the pig is cuter than the crock, however. The spoon would drive me crazy going in sideways at this point as I do mine from the top so I might be knocking it over all the time…I am adventurous, however, so maybe…changing positions has often spiced things up nicely before…lol. A salt pig…thinking about it.

    • gaaarp said,

      April 14, 2011 at 6:04 pm

      A polite Frenchman is a mythical creature, like a sphinx or unicorn. Get it now?

      I don’t use the spoon very often. I reach in with a measuring spoon or my fingers to grab a pinch of salt.

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