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Granite Mortar and Pestle Large 8"

4.5 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
About the Product
  • • Made of the highest quality 100% hand-carved solid granite.
  • • 3+ cup capacity, 15-17 lbs. 5.5"inner bowl, 5" height. 8" pestle
  • • The pestle and inside surface of the mortar are polished smooth, so it will not absorb odors from food.
  • • Beautiful appearance that will last a lifetime.
  • Our Thai Granite ( Stone ) available in size 5", 6", 7" and 8".

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Product Description

Granite mortar and pestle are ancient tools that no modern kitchen should be without. They are handy for everything from cracking peppercorns and crushing tender herbs to making pesto and guacamole. This solid, hand-carved Thai granite mortar and pestle is hefty and rock hard, its matte surface created friction for grinding but was smooth enough to wipe clean easily, and its heft made crushing a breeze from mashing delicate herbs to grinding stubborn peppercorns. The bowls deeply sloped shape and matte texture keep ingredients in the center. The pestle and inside surface of the mortar are polished smooth, so it will not absorb odors from food. Beautiful appearance and will last a lifetime. Make a wonderful gift. Note: To protect your kitchen counter, we suggest putting a cloth beneath the Thai granite mortar and pestle.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 14 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B000NVVUO6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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Granite to granite equals bone crushing efficiency. You put the slightly course granite structure up against wood or marble and you'll wonder why it took you so long to realize that granite just crushes better. The 8" size is perfect for my wife and I but my mother-in-law likes the 6" better since the weight can be a little tricky to handle going into the sink for a quick wash.

Pound as hard as you like and if it involves peppercorns the fine dust will eminate throughout the area causing many to sneeze. It's that efficient. (Never happened with the wood unit.)

It looks very impressive and almost imposing depending upon the size of your counter. The inner surface is slightly polished with the exterior unpolished and looking like it was carved out of a piece of solid granite (which it was). The lip is over 1 inch thick and the little knobby grips are barely useable.

I don't know how much native granite Thailand has left, so you might want to grab one while they're still available.
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By anti on December 9, 2011
The weight of the pestle insures that no matter what you put in the mortar it will definitely be ground to a fine powder. However the narrow handle makes it much more difficult to hang on to unless you "choke-up up on the bat". Which brings me to the next point; the bowl of the mortar is fairly deep which definitely helps to keep whatever is being ground from ending up all over the counter. The problem arises from the sharpish edge around the inner brim which, if you have "choked-up", bring it perfectly inline with you knuckles. And finally I'm not a fan of having the exterior finished with a heavy shellac while the interior is left completely raw, though the leftover rough finish inside does help with grinding to the finest degree. Worse than that there was (dog?) hair that had become embedded in the sealant before it had dried, leaving me with the hair permanently affixed. Leaving the exterior unsealed and instead mildly polished would have given a mush better and more consistent finish.
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The 8" mortar is isactly what my wife was needing to crush her herbs to make her foods. She is Thai and the granite mortar which use to to be easy to find in the US was just what she needed. It is constantly in use in our house.

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Larger than I expected, and heavy too. Very robust - the postman dropped it on the way to our door without damage, although I don't think they were too amused at having to bring it to our door.
Does the trick though, and its large capacity stops overflow.
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I bought this to make pesto without using a food processor, which makes the pesto look like baby food. It really works with basil, and only takes about 5 minutes. The best part is having a glass of wine while making the basil, smelling the garlic, and tasting it with a finger as you go along.

You can make it coarse, medium or very fine. I prefer the coarse, where some pine nuts are still chunky, with some garlic pieces.

My kids like to use it as it is fun to cook with their friends in the kitchen and use this "old fashioned" tool.
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I got this mortar and pestle for my boyfriend for his birthday and he absolutely loves it! We use it almost every day and even though it's very very heavy we don't ever find that as a hinderance to using it as often as we do. We usually use it to grind seeds and other small herbs, we find ourselves grinding our own pepper quite a lot! I was wary at first a little bit because I read reviews that said that this was hard to use because of the pestle's size and the lip on the mortar but I found this to not be an issue at all. I have really tiny hands and can use this really really easily and by boyfriend has much bigger hands and has never had any problems with it so don't let that be a deterrent from buying this great product!
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I bought one of these big mortar and pestle sets at a Thai grocery in Berkeley years ago (8.5" across the top). My partner said she thought it was an extravagance and wouldn't get much use. She then proceeded to use it several times a week, and has continued to do so for well over ten years now. There are no signs of wear whatsoever. She cooks Indian and Thai and other cuisines, and the m&p just keeps coming in handy. I put grommets around the edges of a potholder and we keep that laced onto the bottom of the mortar so we can slide it around on the countertop without making marks. It's really quite heavy, and it's much easier to slide than to lift. I wash it with water when I have to. I call this a must-have tool if you like to cook. We use a leather drinking-glass coaster and a small, shortish, dry stick of madrone firewood to break filbert nuts, and it's great for that.
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I love my new toy!!! It works great when I crush 2 heads of garlic! And they dont go flying everywhere. It looks great on my counter. It is heavy and a bit tricky to wash because of its heaft. But other than that...I love this mortar and Pestle.....
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