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Old 04-24-2006, 07:35 AM   #1
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Mortar and pestle selection

Okay, i have been searching the net for the types of mortar and pestles i can get.

What i found are:

Marble: good all round use, easy to clean, cheap to buy, prone to acid attacks.

Granite: popular, easy to use, hard to move around.

Ceramic: does not carry over odors, not prone to acid attaks.

Porcelain: easiest to clean

Can anyone add to what i have found online?

Are there any other suggestion of which mortar and pestle i should get?

I'm a university student, so expensive ones are just not an option... Hygiene is important, of course.

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Old 04-24-2006, 08:10 AM   #2
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Well I can add to one thing you do not want. I have a marble Mortar, which I love. The pestle however is wood and I hate it. Not only is it very hard to keep clean, it does not have enough weight to it. I really like the marble because of how heavy it is. I can really work something hard and know that the mortar will not move around on me. Now if I could just get a replacement pestle I would be all set.
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Old 04-24-2006, 08:17 AM   #3
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What is the size and weight of the marble mortar?
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Old 04-24-2006, 08:25 AM   #4
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This is the one I have. I am a horrible judge of weight so I hesitate to make a guess, but it is very heavy. I would say maybe 7-10lbs, but I could be way off.
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Old 04-24-2006, 09:28 AM   #5
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My daughter got me a black marble mortar with a marble pestle at Target. I don't think it is much smaller than the one GB has. So far I like it. I agree about the wooden pestles not working too well.
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Old 04-24-2006, 09:43 AM   #6
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Yup, my internet research says wooden mortar and pestles should only be used for one type of food. Absorbs too much...

Conclusion: marble is good?
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I am happy with marble.
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you also get the mortar and pestle in steel as well as in brass.. they are very easy to clean
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Old 04-24-2006, 11:01 AM   #9
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The only problem I see with steel and brass is that they are not as abrasive as some of the others like stone.
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Old 04-24-2006, 11:08 AM   #10
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I have a terra cotta and porceline one with wood pestle, great for some herbs. I have a granite one and a black stone one (maybe granite also) the mexican mojaline. Get a big enough one to give you room to work...tiny ones make big messes in my opinion.
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