[Avodah] Is one required to have two sets of salt shakers, one for dairy and one for meat?
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From today's OU Kosher Halacha Yomis
Q. Is one required to have two sets of salt shakers, one for dairy
and one for meat?
A. The Rema (YD 88:2) writes that there is a minhag is to have
separate bowls of salt for milchigs and fleishigs. This is because
when one dips food into the salt, crumbs might remain behind. This
concern seemingly does not apply to a saltshaker. The salt is well
protected inside the shaker, and it is extremely unlikely that any
crumbs will fall through the tiny holes. Nevertheless, there is a
widespread minhag to have separate saltshakers. Sefer Badei
Hashulchan (88:30) points out that if there are young children who
might touch the saltshaker to their food, then it is certainly proper
to have separate saltshakers. He applies this to other condiments
that are brought to the table as well, such as ketchup and mustard.
If there is concern that children might squeeze the bottles right
against their meat, it is best to designate them for meat or dairy.
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