An underused kitchen tool for mashing and grinding, or as Jamie Oliver calls it bashing and muddling, is the mortar and pestle. This gizmo has a centuries’ old history and allows the creation of wonderful and healthy foods. It brings out the essential oils and flavour essences of herbs and spices in a natural way, that are lost in processed or dried flavourings.
This medium scale manufacturer has two factories, both employing around two hundred people at each location. During manufacturing processes the artisans use both traditional techniques and state of the art modern practises. They use components such as wood, ceramics, terracotta, iron and glass in their work. Employees receive paid leave GPA and bonuses, plus social get-togethers at festival times twice a year. They are proud to be one of the largest exporters of handicraft products in India, with a commitment to quality as well as social and environmental issues.
Why we love this product!
- Fair Trade
- A natural way to spice
- Can also be used for medicine curries, spice mixes, pastes, and marinades … or just because it looks nice!
Dimensions: Pestle Diameter: 5cm L: 12cm
Mortar Diameter: 11cm H: 6cm
Before You Use Your New Mortar and Pestle the First Time
Just like a new dutch oven, you need to clean and season your new mortar and pestle. This process will clean out the stone dust that is inherently left during the manufacturing process.
• Wash it in clean water, without detergent and let it air dry. In fact, you should never wash it with soap unless you want your fantastic creations tainted with it. You should always begin using it when it’s dry, a wet mortar might gum up your dry ingredients.
• Roughly grind a small handful of white rice. Discard and repeat until the rice grinds white. It will take several grinds. You should be a grinding pro by the time you’re done!
• Next, add 4 cloves of garlic, then mash and muddle it together.
• Add 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper to the garlic. Grind it all together, enjoy the smells and then discard.
• Wash it again in clean water, without soap and air dry.