I blame it all on a reader. When I made my own cayenne powder, I had trouble making a powder with the electric coffee grinder I was using. A reader sent me an email, saying that she uses a mortar and pestle to grind up her cayenne peppers.
For Christmas I added "mortar and pestle" to the wishlist our children requested. Evidently they didn't discuss it among themselves because I ended up with two.
Plus mine are different sizes: one is made from marble and is smaller for grinding herbs, spices, seeds and so on, and the other is made of granite and is larger, perfect for guacamole and salsa. I'm using the green marble mortar and pestle in these photos. (affiliate links)
The next thing I learned is that a new mortar and pestle must be seasoned, like a new cast iron pan needs to be seasoned. The actual process is different but they both need to be prepared before they are used for the first time.
First wash the mortar with hot water and let it air dry. Never use soap or it will flavor your food.
A couple of websites suggested adding a little water so the rice won't jump out of the mortar, so that's what I did.
What can you make with a mortar and pestle? Check these out to start:
The Whole Spices I Stock in My Pantry from The Kitchn Cure
5 Mortar and Pestle Recipes You Need to Try by House
Jamie Oliver talks you through using a pestle and mortar, a YouTube video
Guacamole, a recipe from Williams Sonoma
Do you have a mortar and pestle? How do you use it? Share in the comments.
My hope is to inspire you, and to encourage your homesteading plans and your dreams of a
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