Im not sure exactly what they are called but the little bowls for salt and pepper and you grab the salt or pepper with your fingers...Although I think they would look cool sitting next to your stove...I don't see how it would be very convenient...yes, convenient you just dip your fingers in there and grab a pinch or two...but it seems like you'd have to stop, wash and dry your hands then pinch...or it is ok just to dive in all willy-nilly as you're cooking as long as your fingers are dry. ?? thoughts? do you use them?