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Old 12-12-2006, 10:49 AM   #11
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I just got one, and you already own THAT many?! What time will dinner be ready? Haha!!
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Old 12-12-2006, 10:51 AM   #12
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How is this different from something like a Food processor?
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Old 12-12-2006, 10:54 AM   #13
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I recently bought a marble one, have only used it a couple of times. The first time I used it, hubby came out in the kitched and asked "What the heck is that???" I love it when that happens!!!! I suppose I will find more uses for as time goes by!
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Old 12-12-2006, 10:59 AM   #14
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I have two. One small one, and one behemoth.

I use the small one for so many things I can't even begin to list them all.

The big one excells at guacamole. and well, anything large. If you have one it will not be long before you find many uses for it.

Another basic tool in my opinion.
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Old 12-12-2006, 10:59 AM   #15
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I have a fairly large marble one and, though I don't use it that iften, find it really indispensible when I need to make a paste or grind things up. I used it a lot on spices ... till I found the spice grinder that had been hiding from me for years.
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Old 12-12-2006, 11:00 AM   #16
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I have several also, incl a couple in the Lab.
My kitchen ones are Marble and the other is Wood, although I think I ruined the wooden one by leaving it soak too long. but I`ve used mine for alsorts really, even homemade mustard and chinese 5 spice, although cinamon bark is the devil to grind up :)
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Old 12-12-2006, 11:01 AM   #17
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Well, long before the food processor and grinder ever came along - and that was eons later, next to the knife, THIS tool did all of the mashing and pulverizing of most soft and semi-soft foods, garlic, onions, herbs and spices.

Looks like it was used during ancient Biblical times.

Today, people STILL like to use it just to get the feel of using their hands to grind or mash food with this tool. I was told that it makes great pesto sauce for pasta.

For those of you who might not know what this tool looks like, go to http:// CHEFS - Search Results and view the tool which appears in the extrem left of the blocks on the page.
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Old 12-12-2006, 11:35 AM   #18
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got a terra cota Tuscan one with wooden pestle, and a rough stone one (granite).
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Old 12-12-2006, 12:11 PM   #19
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Yes, they are one of the oldest tools known. I've got a couple, plus a 'metate y mano' that I made myself. Selection of mortar and pestles can be very personal; material, width and height, smoothness or roughness of the grinding surface..... It's not something that I would pick for someone else.

Except for being 'quicker?', no peppermill will ever top hand ground.
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Old 12-12-2006, 12:24 PM   #20
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I have two small and one large one. I have used the small ones for pesto for ages the big one I just found in our storage room..My husband use to use it for compounding when we had the pharmacy open and patients needed someting special made up. Now this baby is mine and I can hardly wait to use it.
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