The mortar (the bowl) and the pestle (the rounded club shaped part that you hold) have been used for ever and a day to crush and grind cooking ingredients.

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It can be used to grind dry ingredients to a fine powder or equally to give them a coarser texture. I use it for wet ingredients when a wet power blender would make the paste too smooth.

To show you what I mean, this is the same very tasty sauce (first picture is blended, second is ground):

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My two tips are:

  1. avoid the temptation to get a small one as spices like peppercorns and coriander seed will make a break for it as soon as you start grinding 🙂
  2. don’t spend too much on them, they all do the same thing regardless of the price tag
Dry

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Wet

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PK

Related Links:
  • see recipes that use a mortar and pestle here
  • see more kitchen kit here
  • see more equipment posts here

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