Mortar and pestle

I recently picked up this stone mortar and pestle. It’s large, with a 5-cup (roughly 1200 ml) capacity and weighing more than 18 pounds (nearly 8.5 kg). It’s a distinctly low-tech tool, but one that’s very useful. I wanted it specifically to make Thai curry pastes, but it will also be interesting to try making dishes like pesto the traditional way. Purists swear that crushing and grinding ingredients in a mortar and pestle produces a unique texture, different from that produced by cutting into small pieces in a blender or food processor. Time to see for myself.

Do you use a mortar and pestle?

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