As promised, I have the winners of the 3 little pigs salt and pepper sets for you.
If I call your name, raise your hand, take one step forward and accept your prize.
Susan C. “Too cute! Those little piggies need to come “roost” at my house.”
Kelly “I would love to give these little guys a good home in my sty.”
Muff Hacket “Those little piggies are very cute (and would be a wonderful gift for my beloved niece who is a piggie fanatic!).”
Congratulations! You’ve each won a set of Pig salt and peppers. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize!
And as a special surprise for frequent commenter Tigersmom … when I was picking up the S&P shakers to give away, I bought a pair just for her. She’s talked about them and talked about them ever since she first saw them. She almost seems to be in love with them. The same way a woman loves a man. Or a man loves a woman. Or a woman loves a woman. Or … a woman loves a pig. So Tigersmom … YOU get a pair too.
Now onto some fun facts about salt. It was the cause of war you know. One of the most valuable commodities of all time. Wars were fought over it, roads were created for the transportation of it, Napolean’s army croaked on the battlefield due to lack of it. Salt. The most interesting spice in your cupboard.
1. Until 100 years ago or so, pound bars of salt were the basic currency in Abyssinia (now called Ethiopia). Some say in very small regions it is still treated as currency.
2. In the early 1800s salt was 4 times as expensive as beef on the frontier – it was essential in keeping people and livestock alive.
3. Kosher salt is indeed, not kosher. It gets its name because the larger salt you know as kosher salt, is what was used when koshering (removing blood from) meat. Larger, salt crystals allowed the surface blood to be removed without absorbing into the meat. So kosher salt could be washed off without affecting the taste of the meat unlike a fine salt.
4. There are 32 references to salt in the bible, the first one being in The Book of Job.
5. Salt is poisonous. But only when consumed in large quantities. That’s why in China it used to be a way of committing suicide. And quite a reputable one at that. All the upper crust chose to commit suicide by salt because it was so expensive. Even in a suicidal state there’s time for elitism.
6. One of the first known taxes in the world was issued in the year 2200 BC by the Chinese emperor Hsia Yu. He taxed salt. Perhaps it was a way to cut down on suicides.
7. Throughout time, salt has typically been used as money. At one point it was known to trade at the same value as gold. So one ounce of salt was worth the same as an ounce of gold.
Now onto pepper. Fresh, spicy pepper. Pepper, pepper, pepper. You poor thing.
1. Historically, pepper was also worth a lot of money, but my sense is that the pepper people are just trying to keep up with all the good salt stories.
2. Andddd that about concludes the “interesting pepper facts”.
When combined, Salt and Pepper create a medley of flavour enhancers on your tongue. Unless it’s 1985, in which case it creates an all female rap crew.