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Mortar and Pestle are not a beautiful but also a functional pair of tools to have in your kitchen, especially if you do
a lot of cooking with herbs and spices. But as you already know, I always want to know more about the tools I use, so I
decided to dig up some facts about this interesting contraption you might not have known before:
5 Things You May Not Know About Mortar And Pestles
1. Did you know in some places there were used for meat preparation? Large stone mortars with wood pestles were used in West Asia to grind meat for a type of meatloaf called kebbeh as well as a type of hummus called masabcha.
2.Here is a non-food use of the mortar and pestle: It is traditional in various Hindu ceremonies such as weddings and
upanayanam to use the mortar and pestle to crush turmeric.
3. Mortar and Pestles are a big part of Thai history: The Thai mortar and pestle dates back to the Sukhothai period which was the 1st Kingdom that was founded in 1238 A.D. and was used to grind foods and medicines.
4. the results of your grinding depend on the material of the mortar and pestle. I will get more into the details of that
in a moment.
5. The oldest mentioning of the mortar and pestle stems from Ancient Egypt, in a medical manuscript called the
Papyrus Ebers, which dates about 1550 BCE.
What are the best Mortar And Pestle material for which use?
stains easily used to create powdered substances
very heavy, durable and sturdy, look for a not so porous mortar for best use. Good for general cooking uses
best for griding seeds and salts. Do not use with moisture. Never leave in water so it won’t warp. Delicate.
Easy to clean, usually dishwasher safe, need salt in order to make grinding easier. General household use
the heaviest of them all. Easy to clean, very sturdy, easiest to use. does not absorb odor.
I was recently given the chance to review the Maxam Marble Mortar and Pestle, and here are my thoughts:
My first impression was, that is was as heavy and beautiful as I expected from a marble piece. Of all Mortar and Pestles, I prefer marble as the material, as it is the most functional, as well as aesthetically pleasing, allowing me to leave in full display, rather than hiding it in the cupboard somewhere. The Maxam Mortar and Pestle is not exception to that rule. With a large bowl, it is wonderful to use for the larger patches of spice mixes I tend to make, cutting my work time. It is almost completely white, with the slight colors I also expect and love from marble. The pestle rests well in my hand and is well balanced, which makes working with this item easier and more convenient. Overall I am very happy with this item, which is available on Amazon at a very reasonable price.
Disclaimer: I was given the Maxam Mortar and Pestle for free in return for an honest and unbiased review.
Stay tuned for some more interesting facts about every day items, you might not have thought about before.
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