Published January 1, 2011. From Cook's Illustrated.
Revamping the traditional design, this "salt pig" has a closeable lid to keep out dirt and moisture.
The Prepara Pop Savor ($19.99) takes the design of a traditional “salt pig”—a small, hooded ceramic vessel that cooks use to grab salt for seasoning—and fashions the cover from soft silicone to make a closeable lid that keeps out dirt and moisture. To test its usefulness, we filled the cavity with salt, sugar, and ice cream sprinkles and left the container next to the stove while frying a pound of bacon. As promised, the durable “pop” top easily flipped open and kept its contents shielded from splattered grease. The attached half-teaspoon measuring spoon was accurate, though superfluous for those of us who prefer to grab a pinch with our fingers. Our only gripe? The 3 1/2-inch opening was a little cramped for a few testers with large hands.