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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2008
With the Caipirinha being my favorite mixed drink, I have always used a wooden pestle/muddle, and never knew the difference - until now.

This pestle/muddle is very comfortable in the hand, and the diameter is large enough that it is easy to grasp and does not slip through the hand when applying pressure to mash the fruit.

The length is very nice, at 25cm (about 10 inches). I actually purchased this and another brand as I though this would be somewhat cheap in appearance, but was happy to see it is a quality product - no need to spend the extra money on another one - this is a nice product, and will take care of all your needs.

This MIU pestle/muddle is less expensive than the Rosle Fruit Muddle / Caipirinha Pestle', and is different in the following ways:

*Smaller diameter
*1/4 inch longer in length
*The green head which mashes the fruit is flat on the Rosle, whereas the head on the MIU is concave, which means it will not mash quite as easily or well, but will get the job done.

I highly recommend both this MIU and the Rosle pestle/muddle. Not only do they function well, but they look very cool when you pull them out to mix up a Caipirinha for you and your friends!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 26, 2008
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i'm not a fan of the lime-and-mint combination in a mojito, but i LOVE caipirinhas and i prepare lime-ade almost every day! i love the heft of this muddler; sometimes i get "twinges" when i use a can opener, mash stuff with a fork or grind spices in my molcajete, but the weight and leverage of this muddler made my work much easier! also it's long enough to work in a pitcher, deep bowl/pot/jar.

i mashed up 12 avocados all at once in a big bowl in less than 10 minutes (that includes cutting and scooping time)--and it was so smooth and creamy, with so little effort! normally i mash 1/2 an avocado at a time on a saucer and then scrape it into the guacamole bowl...tedious!

also good for home canning/pickling; tamping out air bubbles or foods into a jar, esp if they need to be covered by a layer of liquid (like homemade sauerkraut and green tomato pickles)...could be used for soft fruits & cooked foods for baby...and if you have ever bought natural tahini, peanut butter, etc, you know how the oil separates...i don't think it's any fun to mix them up--i've tried draining off the oil but then the "butter" is very "cementy" and scraping it out of the jar into a bowl or food processor is just an awful greasy mess. my attempts to mix in the jar have often ended with oil on my shirt, the counter, the floor, all the while fearing the jar might bust and shred my hand...this is a chore i've hated since childhood! however, with my new muddler i mixed some VERY separated tahini i had been pointedly ignoring for about a year, in record time & with minimal effort, right in the jar...every hippy needs one of these! mom, want one for christmas? :D

the bottom surface is scored into points and slightly concave; i tried breaking up some very lumpy granola and crushing cookies into crumbs and it didn't work as well as i hoped (but i've always used a rolling pin or my volcanic-rock pestle for that kind of thing; i'll try not to die of disappointment). the only improvement i can think of might be to make the other end rounded so it could double as a pestle; on the other hand, the metal top is perfectly flat and some people might prefer that as another mashing surface and/or a place to rest your thumb.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2008
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Nice heft and length. I prefer a flat and non-concave muddling "end" and this one is concave. Biggest complaint is that the top end has non-rounded edges and aggressive muddling results in sore red depressions on the palm.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2008
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This is a great muddler. It is extra long for large tins and crushes the ice really easily. Perfect for a professional bartender.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2009
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I just purchased this muddler.

Pros: nice heft! Good teeth.

Cons: Concave bottom (doesn't render it useless, but it would be better flat). Manufacturing process had flash on the teeth (little bits that should have been cut off or otherwise removed, where there are seams or edges) and around the base where the head meets the shaft.

Finally: they put a big UPC sticker on it, with regular sticky glue. I hate that! It's difficult to get totally off, even with glue remover. Shame on them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2008
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This muddler functions very well. The long handles allows me to muddle in the tall glasses that I like to use to serve mojitos. The bottom head can grip and crush he mint leaves much easier than a traditional wood muddler. Now it takes me less total time to make a mojito. Since this is made up of steel and plastic, it doesn't get stained by the mint as my wood muddler did. The price is also very nice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 2008
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I got this muddler to replace a wooden one I had. The wooden one got moldy after leaving it in the sink for 2 days, so I wanted a plastic or metal replacement. Though this is bigger than I thought it would be, it's got a good amount of heft to it, so it's easier to get the job done. I would recommend this product.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2009
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I am so glad I bought this tool for my recent cocktail party. Out of four cocktails to choose from, most people ordered watermelon mojitos. I was so confident with this muddler that I just threw whole lime slices into the shaker with the mint and sugar.

It muddles very effectively. I would say a lot better than a wooden muddler. This tool is strong, has a nice weight to it and does a great job breaking up ice due to the length. It is about the same length as a small hammer.

The only reason I did not rate it 5 stars is that I wish the end was black. I have several nice bar tools, and this one would have fit in a lot more elegantly without the bright green end. Otherwise this is a very successful bar tool.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 15, 2009
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I love mojjitos! I've only owned one muddler (after being told by a friend that I should own one if I love mojjitos as much as I do..) but this one has served it's purpose great! It has little grooves on the bottom (green part) that really crush the mint leaves. It's got good heft to it and cleans up easy (I just put mine in the dishwasher with no problems).

I don't know what else to say. It was worth what I paid and I would buy this product again if I ever lost mine. I even bought this one for a friend when they mentioned wanting a muddler. '
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2010
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I've gone through many muddlers, never finding one I was completely happy with...until now! I can easily say that this is the best muddler I've ever used, and I've yet to find any faults with it. It's comfortable to use, is a great size, and works perfectly.

I especially appreciate how long the handle is, which allows me to muddle inside even the tallest glasses. I also enjoy being able to toss it in the dishwasher and not worry about cleanup. Most importantly, it muddles perfectly and is quite strong! To illustrate: I love making a drink that requires muddling a dried cherry, which is actually one of the toughest things to muddle. This has been the downfall of many previous muddlers, but this one makes short work of dried cherries and can practically obliterate them, if desired.

Some previous reviewers have complained about the concave bottom, which does exist. Before using it, I also thought this would be a limitation, but now I actually like this feature and feel that it provides some extra control. For example, if I don't want to release too much flavor from what I'm muddling, I can just press straight down, which muddles along the edges, but spares the center. The concave bottom also comes in handy when muddling a tall pile of ingredients. When making a drink that requires muddling an orange wedge, a lime wedge, a lemon wedge, and a maraschino cherry, for instance, I've found that the concave bottom helps the muddler stay in contact with the slippery pile, preventing it from slipping off and banging the side of the glass. All in all, an incredible addition to my bar.
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