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;
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;