Mortar and pestle.

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  1. boomchakabowwow

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    I regret not getting on board earlier.

    I’ve owned one for about a year now. Sure it takes more effort. Bashing spices and herbs.

    Yesterday. It was lemongrass. Super fibrous. Super tough. It was gnarly work. Bam bam bam. Added shallots, garlic , palm sugar.
    Then fish sauce.

    Then some awesome pork chops.

    I made my first Vietnamese pork chops. I’m gonna bring the tool to deer camp!
    Sorry the last pic is tinted red. We ate it in the backyard under a red umbrella. Hehe.
     

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    Nice. I have considered getting one made out of stainless steel.
     
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    I have a marble mortar and pestle. Picked it up back when I was studying Julia Child (her cookbooks, at least). I primarily use it when I need to make a garlic or ginger paste.

    I've thought about picking up a vintage cast iron set (I'm into CI) but those were actually used by pharmacists, not in the kitchen.
     
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    Nice. I have question if I may. Could you grind coffee beans in one? I'm remembering a morning with no power and no grinder. I can tell you a plastic bag and a hammer didn't work.;) LOL.
    Cheers Jim
     
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    I have mine on all outings to grind coffee in the mornings. just walnut kuksa and back end of my swiss light. used for other things as well such as nuts and flax. oatmeal lately.

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    I read a lot about them before I bought it.

    I think you need texture in order to grind some things. I went with the stone one for max texture. It’s a bit aggressive for things like pesto, but it worked fine. It’s the best one if you were to get ONE. it’s the most versatile. I’ve used the bowl to bash meat before.
     
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    Yes - you need texture but not too much, just enough so it's not slick. Unfortunately there's a lot of mortar and pestles out there that are merely decorative, takes some digging to ensure you get a truly functional one...
     
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    I have four cast iron ones used in gold prospecting for crushing rock. Right now they are being used for fat wood storage by the wood stove.
    I bought my wife one made from agate for the kitchen. We use the heck out of it. Very useful tool.
     
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    Looks like you got a good one. Nice and rough. I have one made out of soapstone, it doesn’t work very well. I roughed it up with some 80 grit (coarsest I had) and it helped. But whatever I’m working on still slides around more than it crushes.
     
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    Agree. As far as stone goes, mine is super smooth stone. Peppercorns don’t stand a chance.

    I used it to grind toasted rice grains (uncooked) for Thai dish. First thing I used it for.

    I wouldn’t do coffee. It would perfume the thing to strongly b
     
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    Here is the one I got. A Cole&Mason
     

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    Mine's somewhere in this pic; can you find it?

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    Generally, a mortar and pestle is for crushing and grinding with your applied pressure and twisting, not hammering. Stainless and CI could probably take hammering blows but rock and ceramics might just crack or fly apart.
     
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    Here's one I literally picked up in the desert, the last time I was in Las Cruces. I use it as a spice / seed grinder - works great.
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    The radius of the stone and the bowl mate nicely.

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    I've used it to grind rosemary, fennel and dill seeds. I like it.
     
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    Behind the blue plate. My counter top, backsplash and cabinets are identical to yours. We live in the Houston area, wonder if we had the same builder? Ours was Kimble Hill.
     
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    I think it was Lennar who did our neighborhood in '06. We're the 2nd owners, got it in '10.

    The backsplash is the same as the original tile floor. We've replaced the floor tile (which is an interesting story itself) but haven't gotten around to replacing the backsplash. The wife wants to do the countertops, too. Not a big priority for me, though.
     
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    I was out in the desert wandering around looking for flint and chert. When I found the rock with the "bowl" in it, I immediately knew I had to find its mate to make the spice grinder, it just spoke to me. The night before, I was cooking some salmon fillets and had to crush some dill seeds between two spoons for seasoning - not ideal. I knew I had found what I needed for my primitive mortar and pestle.
     
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    I had a plain old ceramic one. Worked great. Haven’t seen it since the move. :oops:
     
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    We bought this house new 12 years ago and we got sick of the cheap carpet. Two years ago we put in 2100 sq. ft of wood grain porcelain tile. Best thing we ever did.
     
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    So they were built around the same time, even if from different builders.

    We got something different but I think wood grain porcelain tile is awesome. Those are inkjet printed; the stuff we put in are also, but printed to look like travertine. I'd be temped to do wood grain if I had to do it again.

    (apologies to the larger audience for the off-topic posts)
     
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    Apologies from me too. The topic pushed my porcelain button.
     
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    I have two. One is made out of marble and the other granite. Here is a pic with my Benchmade Adamas folder for scale reference. 57579923_982826871906901_2089097570520399872_n.jpg
     

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