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What is a Mortar and Pestle Used for?

What are a mortar and pestle? Used since antiquity, a mortar is a bowl of some sort and a pestle is a cylinder-type tool used to smash ingredients. Together they can finely grind spices, nuts, and other ingredients to create pastes and sauces.

Are a mortar and pestle set necessary?

Yes, whether you're a cook-three-meals-a day-at-home kind of person or just an appreciator of a good sauce, you do really need one. A mortar and pestle will crush nuts and grind spices with ease. You can use it to emulsify garlic and oil into a creamy aioli and smash chiles and ginger into curry paste.

How to Use a Mortar and Pestle? Here's the Right Way.

Do you know how to use a mortar and pestle set? Think about it. Do you really know how to use a mortar and pestle properly?

Here's a quick way to tell. Do the ingredients fly all over your countertop instead of remaining inside the mortar? Are the spices left in uneven pieces instead of becoming a fine powder?

If you answered yes to either of these then it's time you learned how to use a mortar and pestle the right way.

Using a mortar and pestle is really all about the wrist movement. Start off too fast and everything will end up flying all over the place, go too slow and it'll take you forever to grind.

First, determine the texture of the item you want to grind. Saffron and pine nuts, for instance, are soft compared to peppercorns and fenugreek seeds.

For soft items, it will suffice to gently press down with the pestle and then start working in a circular motion to slowly change the texture of the food.

Harder foods like peppercorns require cracking before they can be ground. Use the pestle to press the ingredients on the side of the bowl to break it open. Then use a circular motion to finely grind the ingredients until the desired fineness.

Why Choose a Mortar & Pestle?

Even if you already have a food processor, you still want to invest in a mortar and pestle. Why? First of all, you have more control — pesto and other sauces can remain looser and slightly rustic instead of being blitzed into a homogenous paste, so each bite is more dynamic. Secondly, the mortar and pestle can actually coax out more essential oils and flavors from your ingredients by evenly crushing the cell walls, without developing the bitterness that comes from food processors and blenders, which rely on blades to speedily chop and slice into your ingredients. Thirdly, it's just fun to use! Using a mortar and pestle really lets you get a feel for your food, and helps you immerse yourself in every recipe (and let off some steam after a rough day).

Different Types of Mortar and Pestle

There are a few different types of mortar and pestle, and each has a different use.

To get the most bang for your buck, we recommend a Thai-style granite mortar and pestle. It&rsquo's heavy, which means it won’t go flying off the counter when you use it, and the weight of the pestle is enough that it helps you with the smashing but doesn’t fatigue your arm too quickly. The interior has a slightly rough texture that helps break ingredients down but isn’t as rough as a Mexican molcajete, which can sometimes be difficult to keep clean.

Wooden mortar and pestle are gorgeous, but the wood is porous and absorbs the flavors you work into it. These are best used if you plan on just making pesto or another single sauce because otherwise, the flavor of your mortar will affect the flavor of what you make in it next.

Ceramic mortar and pestle can be fragile, and sometimes chip or flake if you smash your ingredients too vigorously. They are better for making more delicate mixtures.

Regardless of the material, make sure your mortar and pestle set is big enough to be practical — you don’t want to be fretting about things being pushed out while you pound them. Choose one that’s at least six inches in diameter and relatively deep, which will help keep ingredients from escaping.

How to get a mortar and pestle set?

With over 10 years of experience in manufacturing pharmacy tools, Pro-Health Product Ltd. produces this product in good quality. They are ideal when a nonporous, nonstaining grinding surface is required. It won't absorb any oils or scents from whatever you're grinding; it's as fresh as new each time you use it.  Besides, it’s easy to clean after use.

To find out more about the new Glass Mortar and Pestle Set, please directly go to the product page.

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