Salt Grinder: Do you have one?

I am curious to know how many people here have a salt grinder? I see salt grinders in many cookware stores and cookware departments, like Williams Sonoma, Sur La Table, Bed Bath and Beyond, Macy’s,…etc. Obviously, a lot of people buy them, but I don’t find a need for it (as far as I know), so I like to learn more about the advantages of owning a salt grinder.

If you do have a salt grinder, then what do you mostly use it for, or how do you use it?

I get the concept behind a pepper grinder because the flavor and aroma from freshly ground peppercorn is a little different than pre-ground pepper powder (sitting for a long time). However, the flavor of salt does not change. So I assume the salt grinder is largely to provide different size of salt grains.

We have one in a cabinet somewhere… It became cheaper and easier to buy the salt grinders at Trader Joes for $1.99 than to find the right sized salt crystals to put in the grinder. I like the salt “flake” texture of a grinder for finishing but I also have jars of other salts that are just normal granular shaped for cooking with.

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Yes, Hawaiian salt in a smallish grinder. The crystals are too big to use whole for most things, and grinding offers more control than shaking.

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For finishing, right? (sprinkling on finished dishes)

I use it for most things. Not for salting pasta water or brining, though, because it’s expensive. But I do cook with it.

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I have a small thumb grinder I use for finishing salts. I have three more with various peppers in them.

As an avowed saltaholic, I have several salts that are larger and must be crushed to use like Hawaiian Alaea, Himalayan, etc. that are coarser. I think I have some pink Murray River in there now.

Another reason for buying a salt grinder is for making “popcorn salt”. With a salt grinder, you can set it to put out small, powdery salt crystals that stick to the popcorn better.


Use it everyday, an oxo brand from bed bath and beyond. So far no problems

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Yes, I use a Sur la Table house brand and it works well enough. Had to remember to buy low-humidity salt tho. I find the large grains too much of a salt hit for most purposes.

Only use mine when someone has bought large grain sea salt by mistake. ;o)

Nope. I use table or kosher salt for cooking, neither of which need to be ground. I keep a container of extra-fine salt in the cabinet for salting popcorn and fried foods. If I have a finishing salt that needs to be ground more finely than it already is, I use a mortar and pestle. I usually only use Maldon for finishing anyway, and I like the big flakes.

No . I always like the pinch because I can see how much salt I am adding . If it is super coarse I use a mortar and pestle .

I am a crazy salt lover.
I have a few of those trader joe’s salt blends in grinders, and my refillable grinder has smoked salt right now since it’s chunky and i like it better as a finishing salt. I usually use maldon as my “table salt” and i cook with kosher salt

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My grinder is similar to Gearguys. I usually grind into my cupped palm and then sprinkle. It is
a good grinder and will grind coarse and fine and everything inbetween.
I like crunchy pieces of really good salt, not a fan of flakes. I have Baleine sea salt in the house
right now for cooking.

I got hooked on using one of those herbed salt blends, like this one, so I always use a salt grinder now. (And I buy unsalted butter so that I can add my own amount of herbed salt.)

Also, the guy I buy my “nutritional salt” from just passed along an interesting bit of info regarding the Himalayan pink salt. You can read about it here.

I like to stick my paw into my yellow Emile Henry salt pig and pinch out salt. Have to make sure it is right coarseness, about medium maybe.

No, so far I have no salt grinder. I have looked at some, and the issues of corrosion and encrusting (from wet salts) just make it hard to justify.

For both cooking and serving, I like the pinchpots/pigs for the tactile connection with the food.

You mean corrosion of the grinders? I believe many salt grinders use ceramic instead of metal to avoid rusting/corrosion.

Yes, some do. And some of those still use metal parts–the burrs are the ceramic.

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