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My Cuppa Tea 11-14-2007 11:11 PM

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.

Aurora 11-14-2007 11:19 PM

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.

Bilby 11-15-2007 03:22 AM

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.

flukx 11-15-2007 04:55 AM

Same as above. I use mine primarily for grinding spices for making curries and for oil based dressings or pesto.

bbally 11-15-2007 07:39 AM

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.

http://www.prochefstories.com/public...le/paprika.jpg

So far so good.

Michelemarie 11-15-2007 08:35 AM

As stated above!

sparrowgrass 11-15-2007 12:32 PM

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.

bknox 11-15-2007 01:09 PM

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.

GotGarlic 11-15-2007 02:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sparrowgrass (Post 508233)
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.

GB 11-15-2007 04:20 PM

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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