Just like a drizzle of oil can enhance the flavors of your meal, cruets add a stylish touch to your table or countertop. They must also be practical, functional and right for the condiments that you're planning on filling them with.
Here's how to choose cruets that will improve your dining experience… both in a culinary and decorative way!
What Are the Different Types of Cruets?
Usually taller and with a thinner neck than other condiment containers, you'll have three main options when choosing cruets:
- Single cruet: this is the best choice if you already have one for oil and now need one for vinegar, or vice versa; other standalone options are syrup dispensers or cruets for dressing;
- Oil and vinegar set: if you haven't got either of them, we recommend choosing a set to bring an element of consistency to your table;
- Set of four: if you haven't got salt and pepper shakers either, why not buy an oil and vinegar set that includes those too? Because they usually come in a little stand or caddy, they're more space-optimizing and practical, as you'll be able to carry all the condiments and spices in one go.
What Is the Best Size for Cruets?
Cruets come in lots of different shapes and sizes and, most importantly, smaller or larger capacities: 8oz is one of the most popular. To find the right one for you, consider:
How much room you're planning on leaving for them on the table, countertop or cupboard (any height restriction on the shelf?)
How much of their content you and your family use during meals: a tiny 3oz set might look cute, but if you happen to have a member of your household who loves to add oil to any meal… you'll have to refill it every other day.
What's the Best Material for Cruets?
You might - rightfully - be thinking about design and style, but… have you also considered practical issues like oxidation?
Glass is one of the most popular options; these cruets are usually dishwasher-safe and elegant, especially thanks to their see-through property;
However, clear glass can speed up the oxidation process, so it's better to store these cruets in a dark cabinet;
If you were planning on showcasing them, then we recommend looking for colored glass cruets instead;
Glass cruets are extremely versatile and can complement different décors, from the most traditional to the most modern kitchens, especially when going for quirky geometric shapes;
- Stainless steel is an even better choice for modern kitchens or dining rooms;
- These cruets are easy to handle, extremely durable, dishwasher-safe, and impeccable at preserving the freshness and quality of their content;
- Stylish copper is just as effective; while it's not dishwasher-safe, it does a fantastic job at complementing raw industrial décors;
Usually dishwasher-safe and great at preserving their content, ceramic cruets are perfect for cozy, traditional vibes or even to convey a handmade feel; while lots of them come in classic white designs, these sets are available in different colors and with plenty of decoration styles to choose from:
Going for countryside-style drawings such as olives and olive trees can convey a European or Mediterranean feel;
Monochrome cruets or those with a two-color palette can work well in minimalist or Scandinavian settings;
White, light pastel colors and floral patterns can add to your shabby chic décor;
Colorful, eclectic patterns are perfect for some bohemian vibes;
If you want your cruets to be as stylish and glamorous as possible and don't mind handwashing them, you could consider crystal sets;
They'll immediately steal your guest's attention when you place them on the dinner table, but we recommend storing them in a dark cupboard for the rest of the time: they have the same oxidation problem as clear glass and are extremely fragile (a bit risky if you have young kids around!);
When choosing cruets, go for a single one if you already have one for either oil or vinegar, a set of two to create a cohesive look, or a set of four if you haven't got any salt and pepper shakers
8oz is the most common size, but consider how much room you've got for them and how much oil and vinegar your household uses during meals
Some materials can work better with specific décors, but don't forget that see-through cruets can speed up the oxidation process.