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Salt and pepper shakers put flavor into kitchen accents

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Posted: Friday, June 1, 2007 12:38 pm | Updated: 6:20 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Whether whimsical or elegant, salt and pepper shakers can shake up any kitchen decor. Besides being decorative, they have a rich history. Before there were shakers, people used open cellars, which held large chunks of rock salt that had to be chipped off to be put on food.

Whether whimsical or elegant, salt and pepper shakers can shake up any kitchen decor.

Besides being decorative, they have a rich history.

Before there were shakers, people used open cellars, which held large chunks of rock salt that had to be chipped off to be put on food.

Early shakers were salt and pepper mills, which contained a piece inside the grinder to break down the salt and pepper into pieces.

And, as salt production improved, salt shakers began to take their current form.

Today salt and pepper shakers can be found in nearly every conceivable shape and size. And some of the most unusual ones can be found at shops in the East Valley.

1. These dark wood shakers have a unique, round shape. $12.99 for the pepper mill, $7.99 for the salt at select Cost Plus World Market stores.

2. Crafted from solid copper and brass, these shiny shakers will add warmth to any kitchen. $12.99 at select Cost Plus World Market stores.

3. Salt and pepper never looked more elegant than with these pure pewter shakers handmade in Italy. $98 at M & Co. Papery, 138 W. Main St., Mesa; (480) 824-4286.

4. The ornate detail in this three-piece ceramic shaker sets it apart. Covered with a removable glass dish, the birthday cake is the salt and the platter is the pepper. $20 at M & Co. Papery.

5. These kitschy watermelon-shaped salt and pepper shakers are a festive summer addition. $10.50 at Country Manor, 217 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert; (480) 632-0800.

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Enter our drawing to win the three-piece birthday ceramic shaker set featured below. Just send an e-mail with your name, address, hometown and phone number to ckushner@evtrib.com by noon Tuesday. Put SHAKER SET in the subject line. The winner will be announced in next week’s At Home.

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