How to Use a Mortar and Pestle!

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A mortar and pestle is much more than an elegant looking kitchen tool, it is something that has been used since ancient times for both cooking and medicinal purposes. Normally made out of wood or stone, a mortar and pestle is a device used for grinding things into pastes and powders. It is used in a lot of different cuisines and has many different names, and is still very relevant today! Instead of always reaching for a food processor or blender, try a mortar and pestle to extract as much flavor and put more love into your food.


Garlic is a perfection addition from everything to sauteed vegetables to pizza, but most people don’t eat it raw. In order to make it easier to eat, make it into a paste in the mortar and pestle! The more you grind it, the creamier it becomes, making it less pungent but still aromatic. Add it into dressings or use it on freshly toasted bread and taste the difference.


Pesto was actually always made in a mortar and pestle until recently, and it’s worked very well for the Italians. Start by crushing the nuts you’re using and then add in the rest of the ingredients. You will find the paste to be probably even smoother than in a processor, and much more flavorful.