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Mortar & Pestle

 

     Refined versions of the original mortar and pestle are used in kitchens all over the world to prepare pastes and sauces. They are also used for grinding herbs and spices. This is an ancient device which was originally used for grinding grain. The grain was placed in a shallow depression in a stone, the mortar, and then pounded with a stone, the pestle.  

 

 

Marble Mortar and Pestle

 

 

 

    The tip of the pestle is unpolished making it perfect for effectively crushing or grinding spices and herbs. Guacamole and Pesto are often made in large mortars. I keep this item sitting out on the counter to use for grinding oregano, basil or rosemary. I also use it for grinding peppercorns. You can make herbal salts by adding your favorite herbs to sea salt. 

 

 

Authentic Mexican Volcanic Rock "Molcajete" 
Mortar and Pestle



Mexican Molcajete

 

 

 

Recipe for Pesto using a Mortar & Pestle

 

Article on Making Pesto by Hand

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mexican Molcajete

 


Designer Mortar and Pestle

 

 

Bronze from France

 

Brass from Egypt

 

The Molcajete (mohl-kah-HEH-teh) is made from volcanic rock as 
pictures above on the upper left. It is used to grind herbs and spices 
or to crush tomatoes, tomatillos or other vegetables for salsas. To purchase
one you can get one by mail order by calling 212-570-0300. 

To season the Molcajete, grind a handful of rice and then rinse it out. 

Grind rice again and then rinse again. When dry you
can coat with olive oil to help seal the surface. 

Then, wash after each use. 

 

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