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Old 12-11-2006, 03:02 PM   #1
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Question Who Owns a Mortar & Pestle?

Not sure if I'm even spelling this right, but do any of you own this tool? Just being a little bit nosy.
I'm just now getting around to buying one of these. I just bought one today. This is and old-time cook's tool that's probably been around for eons, at least maybe for centuries.

It's usually made of a very heavy marble stone material - and it consists of a tapered pole-shaped handle with the wider end in the bowl.

The bowl itself is made from the same material. It can be in a small size, medium or large. But the thing is so heavy that you can knock someone out or kill them with it!!

It is mainly used to mash up and make paste or powder from things like garlic, herbs and dry spices.

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Old 12-11-2006, 03:06 PM   #2
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I've got a couple actually, I love 'em.
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Old 12-11-2006, 03:08 PM   #3
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Not exactly, but I do us a molcajete which is like a big one made of lava rock.
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Old 12-11-2006, 03:09 PM   #4
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I love both of mine!

Big difference betwen something that is finely minced and actually mashed to a paste. Huge increase in flavor!

Garlic, herbs, spices, oh my. I often make compound butters in mine. I start with the dry spices, add the herbs, and then any big solids like garlic/shallots. Then I add butter/oil and mix/fold with a small spatula I have.
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Old 12-11-2006, 03:10 PM   #5
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Me too. I have a small one for little amounts of spices or to crush pills for the pets to mix into their food. Then I have a Molcajete which weighs about a ton for the bigger jobs.

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Old 12-11-2006, 03:14 PM   #6
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Corey, I also own one of these and I have been using it all of my life to make chilli paste by pounding all the ingredients in it. We do believe that mixing the chilli paste ingredients this way makes a better tasting chilli paste than by using a blender. I use it also to crush garlic and to bruise herbs such as lemon grass, ginger etc. The mortar can also be used for crushing ad pounding nuts.
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Old 12-11-2006, 03:18 PM   #7
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I have one and I like it a lot.
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Old 12-11-2006, 03:22 PM   #8
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I have a marble one and a wooden one. Mashes bits that would be lost in a food processor.
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Old 12-11-2006, 03:58 PM   #9
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I have two--a large, smooth stoneware one made in England and a smaller Japanese suribachi with a textured interior. I use them all the time.
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Old 12-11-2006, 04:19 PM   #10
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Would owning 4 count? I own a wooden one, two marbles (green and grey) and then a Japanese suribachi (thanks to bullseye's naming of it) one where the mortar itself has deep ingrained lines to give a coarse texture to the grinding surface for the mortar. I love all of them!!! And as Boufa06 says, invaluable for making chili pastes. I also grind up a lot of dried spice seeds, pods, etc. in them as well. Also make nice decorative accents in your kitchen.
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