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A granite mortar and granite pestle; this combination will do everything. The granite is hard and dense and will not chip under regular usage. You need to remember that the mortar and pestle must be harder than what you need to grind. Serious Eats Mortars and Pestles is a good read.


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I use Coors ceramic mortar and pestles. I bought my last one on the mid 1980's. It's never given me any trouble. The company got renamed at some point. It's now CoorsTek out of Golden Colorado, USA. Easy to find online. They have a sturdy, tough construction, and are used in laboratories worldwide. The key feature I like about these sets is that the pestle ...


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As usual, Serious Eats has an article for this, covering what type of M&P to buy. They recommend a large granite model for most purposes, but an olivewood or marble one for certain special foods, like pesto. Your question is specifically "replacing a blender", though, and "even make some soups". An M&P will never replace a blender for pureeing ...


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OK, some thoughts... A mortar & pestle needs to be always clean, always handy & always the right size for the job. A teeny mortar & pestle rapidly becomes a decoration rather than a useful tool if it's not big enough to cope with the high volume tasks. On the other hand if all you're grinding is 4 cloves, then you'd be lost in a large one... so ...


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