The mortar and pestle is a classic kitchen tool that's been around for literally thousands of years. A literal ancient implement comprised of a sturdy bowl (the mortar) and heavy club (the pestle).
Our long-lasting and nonporous marble mortar and pestle provide a very hard base for grinding spices, seeds, and nuts as well as a smooth surface for cleaning.
Not only does using a mortar & Pestle the old fashioned way extract more flavor than the spinning blade of a blender, but it'll keep the flavors brighter!
The Mortar & Pestle Box Includes
- Marble Mortar & Pestle
- FREE 8oz Jar
- Hibiscus (Medium)
- Moringa (Medium)
- Recipe/ Instructional Guide
Mortar & Pestles are mentioned in the Ebers Papyrus, the oldest surviving medical document, and even in the Old Testament (Numbers 11:8 and Proverbs 27:22)... Throughout recorded history, mortars and pestles have been used for medical preparation. Compounding was an important skill, vital to the practices of pharmacy and medicine. Compounded medications were “made from scratch,” personalized to suit the needs of a patient. A pharmacist would grind appropriate ingredients with a mortar and pestle to create a specialized compound.
Most civilizations throughout time have used some sort of grinding and crushing tool to prepare herbs, grain, and other items for consumption. Native American tribes often incorporated flat stones into food preparation, using them to crush seeds, grains, nuts, and more. In some parts of Asia, a stone and a wooden paddle are the preferred method of grinding meat for kebbeh, and both the Romans and Egyptians used a mortar and pestle type tool to prepare medicinal concoctions. In the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, large grinding tables are set up with indentations for maize and other grains to be ground up by hand, using large rocks as the pestle.
Place your herbs, spices, or other dry goods into the bowl and hold it steady with one hand. Using the other, hold the pestle. By pressing the pestle down into the mortar, and moving it back and forth, you can grind and blend the herbs or other items. This is a great tool to use if you're using dried herbs which may be in large pieces.