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Mortar & Pestle

Definition: Mortar & Pestle


Mortar & Pestle
A kitchen tool that is used to grind, crush, and mash herbs, spices, and vegetables to make a paste, sauce or seasoning. The bowl shaped container is known as the mortar and the mini baseball bat shaped handheld tool is the pestle. The two pieces are generally made from the same material, usually porcelain, stoneware, wood, or marble. Traditional pesto sauce is made using one.

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marley11 marley11 8 years
i love using mortars and pestles, it releases a lot more flavor of certain spices than buying pre-ground spices. same with pepper mills.
laurafox laurafox 8 years
I use a really cool Thai granite mortar and pestle (I work in a cooking store - of course I use the good stuff!) to make my delicious homemade guac - loves it!
Kostika Kostika 8 years
I seriously need to get a new one. The one I currently have is jsut too small.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
It is a good tool!
hacksaw hacksaw 8 years
Great tool. Every kitchen should have one.
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