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Old 11-14-2007, 11:11 PM   #1
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What do you use your mortar & pestle for?

I just bought a marble mortar & pestle for a great price. What sorts of things do you use yours for? I'd love some ideas.

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Old 11-14-2007, 11:19 PM   #2
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You can use it for grinding things such as dried spices like whole coriander seed or other seeds. It can also be used to mash things into a paste like garlic with fresh spice leaves such as basil or mint. It is not an indispensable kitchen tool but very handy for some things.
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Old 11-15-2007, 03:22 AM   #3
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Everything that Aurora said, I second! Plus oil-based salad dressings.

I also use it at times to lightly grind spices like coriander seeds as a room freshner, a sort of spical potpourri.
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Old 11-15-2007, 04:55 AM   #4
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Same as above. I use mine primarily for grinding spices for making curries and for oil based dressings or pesto.
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Old 11-15-2007, 07:39 AM   #5
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Been reading a lot of reference materials on Paprika and Chile powder. Using it a lot to make my own blends. I grew 20 different peppers in the garden this year to try my hand at these mixes.



So far so good.
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As stated above!
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Old 11-15-2007, 12:32 PM   #7
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I put a clove of garlic with some salt into the mortar, and mush the garlic to a paste. I generally use that paste in a tomato salad--chopped tomatoes, a slosh of cider or wine vinegar, and 2 sloshes of olive oil. Let it sit for an hour or so at room temp before serving.

Really about the only thing I use mine for.
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Old 11-15-2007, 01:09 PM   #8
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If you are grinding spices on a regular basis or enjoy fresh toasted chili powder you may want to invest in a coffee grinder. I use my morter and pestal all the time for all the reasons mentioned above but it is only really good with small portions.

Sometimes I will make a cup or more of taosted chili powder or a blend, like curry, and I use a high speed coffee grinder for that.
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Old 11-15-2007, 02:19 PM   #9
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I put a clove of garlic with some salt into the mortar, and mush the garlic to a paste. I generally use that paste in a tomato salad--chopped tomatoes, a slosh of cider or wine vinegar, and 2 sloshes of olive oil. Let it sit for an hour or so at room temp before serving.

Really about the only thing I use mine for.
I use the mortar and pestle for crushing garlic and salt, too. Then I put the mixture with some melted butter and use it to make garlic bread. Like bknox, I have an extra coffee grinder for grinding larger amounts of spices.
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Old 11-15-2007, 04:20 PM   #10
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Like other said, all of the above.

I love using it to make pesto. I find the texture worlds better than if I make it in the food processor. It does take a lot of work, but the end result is worth it IMO.
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