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Can I (or should I) re-roughen the interior of a ceramic mortar?

I have a ceramic mortar & pestle, approximately 10 cm across, that I use primarily for grinding whole spices. When I bought it about 15 years ago, only the exterior of the mortar (and a small ...
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Seasoning a granite mortar and pestle, with intuition for the steps and their order

There are many procedures for seasoning a new unpolished granite mortar and pestle from Thailand. Some sites recommend: Wash without soap and dry completely Crush garlic, maybe with salt and ...
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What kind of mortar and pestle is most food safe?

Even after conditioning/seasoning one can expect microscopic chips from using a mortar and pestle. Intuitively it seems that a metallic M&P would be more inclined to shed not so healthy chips, in ...
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Which kind of mortar and pestle replaces a blender?

I can't stand the noise, and even just the idea, of a blender in my kitchen. I want to keep things more natural (less plastic) and waste free (less products). So I was looking into getting a mortar ...
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Alternative to salt when using Mortar and Pestle

For numerous reasons, I need to prepare the vast majority of food salt-free. Been doing this since the 80's, and now we are very sensitive to any added salt in our food. This extends to, for instance, ...
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How to clean smell from granite mortar and pestle

I recently grinding some chilies with ginger in my granite mortar and pestle, and after cleaning it still has a bit of gingery smell (and maybe a bit of color too?). I washed it with warm water, let ...
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Mortar used to process paste containing candlenuts - risk of contaminating raw foods?

If I use a mortar and pestle for working with candlenuts (who are considered mildly toxic when raw), to make a paste that is later cooked, how thoroughly and how does that mortar (not dishwasher proof,...
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will a mortar and pestle be sufficient to grind fish bones?

As the question states. I believe a mortar and pestle is more for things like nuts, seeds etc. is that the case or will it easily make fish bones e.g. sprats, sardines into small particles?If there ...
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What is a good mortar and pestle crushing technique?

You'd think using mortar and pestle would be pretty straightforward, yet when I try to make pesto half of time is spent spooning the stuff that sticks to the pestle and shuffling around the contents ...
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Will I damage a plastic bowl with a marble pestle?

The title should say it all. I have a pestle but lost the mortar that belonged to it and wonder if I can use it with my ol' plastic bowls.
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What kind of mortar and pestle will be strong enough for grinding date pits?

So, I need to crush date pits, I have a marble mortar and pestle, but I don't think it is strong enough for this job. Has anyone any suggestion?
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Do I need onions when making thai curry paste? or can I just add onions to the dish I'm cooking later with the paste?

I've been experimenting with making green thai curry paste this week and I have a pretty decent tasting curry resulting right now. However, in all the green curry paste recipes I see, they say I have ...
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Old stone mortar and pestle cleaning

My roommate has an old mortar made from stone that had been outdoors for quite some time. She rinsed it thoroughly,put it in a big pot, and boiled it to kill any bacteria that could be crawling in ...
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Grinding dried chiles in a mortar and pestle?

I purchased some dried chile peppers from a local market thinking that I might be able to grind them up in a mortar and pestle. That completely failed - the peppers didn't grind at all, and instead ...
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Mortar and Pestle: Granite vs Porcelain

I want to get a mortar and pestle to make guacamole with, but no sure what the differences are between granite and porcelain. The porcelain ones are cheaper, but the granite variety have more weight (...
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Is it a good idea to grind dried oregano with a mortar and pestle?

Someone explained to me that I could increase the surface area of my herbs significantly when grinding them in a mortar with a bit of salt. It is indeed quite easy to grind them down to a powder. I do ...
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Does a granite pestel need to be re-grooved?

I have a granite Mortar-Pestle, which I use to grind spices and other stuff. I got it 2nd hand and I've been using it for a 3-4 months. I have noticed that the small radial groves on the grinding ...
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is there a downside to using a wood mortar and pestle?

I bought a wooden (uhh, stained bamboo?) mortar and pestle today at an asian supermarket. I liked it because it looked nice and it was pretty large, especially for the price. I was also thinking that ...
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