I am always browsing for cooking stuff; arent' we all! Many times I have seen those little wooden boxes for salt. Most recently I saw a beautiful one made of olive wood. But I have several question that I'm hoping all you knowledgeable CHers can help me with.
1) what purpose does a salt box serve? is it just for convenience to have the salt on the counter or something more important having to do with the salt itself?
2) does it matter what kind of wood it is? (I guess not if the answer to above is "convenience".)
3) can one put any kind of salt (kosher, sea, etc.) into any box?
4) this one is especially for fellow New Yorkers or other residents with small kitchens: is this something that I won't mind using up precious counter-top space for? Does any cook with a small nyc kitchen use one? And if so, have you had any problems with bugs?
I am really fascinated by these little boxes. (Can't you tell?) They seem like something some old world cook would have on the counter near the hearth while cooking. I sound a little nuts. Anyway, I like them but hesitate to buy one.