A Better Salt Shaker

April 26, 2012

by Margaret Cabaniss

This is not a tutorial.

Seriously, this is way too easy to qualify as a project requiring in-depth instructions and how-tos — but it’s so flipping genius that I had to share it anyway. (And yes, I know I’m only talking about a jar of salt, but sometimes it really is the little things in life.)

I like buying those large boxes of salt to keep in storage, but I hate trying to fit them in my already-packed kitchen cabinets (or trying to pour any small amount from them); this trick I found in a recent issue of Cooks Illustrated (where else?) is a brilliant fix. It’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it kind of project, so get ready.

First, get a small mason jar, a pencil, a knife, and a round container of salt (preferably one that’s on its way out).

Use the lid of the mason jar to trace a circle on top of the salt container, with the pour spout centered at the bottom. Use the knife to (carefully) cut out the circle.

Fill the mason jar with salt, then cover it with your cardboard circle and attach with the ring from the canning lid.

Look, I said this was going to be easy. Still: Awesome, right? I recently reorganized some cabinets in the kitchen, putting all my dry goods into matching glass jars, and it makes me happier than it probably should that the salt is now going to blend right in, and still be just as easy to measure and pour. This is organization (OCD?) at its finest.

What about you? Found any simple fixes or shortcuts around your house lately?

Images: Margaret Cabaniss

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