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Salt shaker

<p>Cane salt shakers were one of the tools most widely used by peasants in contemporary times</p>

Cane salt shakers were one of the tools most widely used by peasants in contemporary times

Grapevines, one of the main crops in Catalonia until the arrival of the phylloxera plague (late 19th century), forced farmers to spend a large part of the day working the land for many seasons.

Amongst the things he carried in the basket to go to work, in addition to food, cruets and a knife, was the salt cane. Each used to make his own salt shaker with a piece of cane, a durable, cheap, light and handy material. The stalk prevented the salt from clogging as it retained the moisture and kept it away from the salt.

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