All questions

Any recommendations for a mortar and pestle? I think it is time I invest in one bigger than the tiny one I have which is only good for grinding a tablespoon or so of spices at a time. I would like one roomy enough to make a sauce/pesto in which also does a great job at grinding spices.

asked by melissav about 8 years ago

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

No need to email me as additional answers are added to this question.
6 answers 3286 views
Bevi
added about 8 years ago

Hi melissav - I love my tine porcelain mortar and pestle, and I agree that it does not hold much. I did find this porcelain model that comes in a 20 oz. size:

http://www.cooking.com/products/shprodde.asp?SKU=581877&CCAID=FROOGLE581877

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

No need to email me as additional answers are added to this question.
Bevi
added about 8 years ago

Here's a jpg.

Answer image

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

No need to email me as additional answers are added to this question.
Abra Bennett
added about 8 years ago

I love my Mexican molcajete. It's made from a black stone, I think it's volcanic, and it's very large, holding about a cup and a half. Because the stone is rough and porous it grinds things up easily and I love to make salsas and serve them directly from the molcajete, which looks really cool on the table.

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

No need to email me as additional answers are added to this question.
Mr_Vittles
added about 8 years ago

I have a few M&P's, but my favorite one is my cast iron mortar and pestle by Typhoon. I would recommend it because it is very heavy, which makes quick work of spices and the like, and will not chip as easily as porcelain or rock. I also was always a little worried about eating the dust that occurs when you grind in a porcelain mortar, I know it is probably inert but it still worried me. This one by Typhoon is my pick.

http://www.amazon.com/Typhoon-Cast-Iron-Pestle-Mortar/dp/B0009XHDP8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1288544611&sr=1-1

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

No need to email me as additional answers are added to this question.
RavensFeast
added about 8 years ago

I really love the Japanese mortar & pestle because the interior texture helps grind things quickly:
http://www.amazon.com/Helens-Asian-Kitchen-Ceramic-Suribachi/dp/B000UEYXL8

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

No need to email me as additional answers are added to this question.
betteirene
added about 8 years ago

Here are two links. The first is a couple of sentences by Rick Bayless about why he loves his molcajete, and the second is the one he recommends. It holds three cups.

http://www.epicurious.com...

http://store.gourmetsleuth.com/molcajete-smooth-basalt-pig-P111.aspx

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

No need to email me as additional answers are added to this question.
Recommended by Food52