BIA Cordon Bleu 8-Ounce Mortar and Pestle Set, White
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- Grinds and crushes, herbs, nuts and spices
- Textured surface on bowl interior and porcelain pestle base aid in grinding
- Vitrified and nonporous
- Stain, odor and crack resistant
- Safe in the oven, microwave, dishwasher and freezer
- Mortar and pestle set grinds and crushes herbs, nuts, and spices
- White porcelain bowl holds 8 ounces, measures 4-1/2 inches in diameter
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The simplest and best way to crush and grind herbs and spices. The ceramic is ttotally sealed so that it will not absorbs flavours or stain, and has a textured surface on the interior of the mortar and the base of the pestle for better crushing and grinding. The mortar has a pouring lip and a contoured bowl and base for ease of handling. Vitrified and non-porous, it will not crack, discolour or take on unwanted flavours.
A mortar and pestle crush and grind herbs, nuts, and spices in a very satisfying, down-to-earth way. Both pieces are made of heavy, durable porcelain that is vitrified and nonporous so as not to absorb odors, stain, or crack. The smooth white glaze covers all but the lower interior of the bowl and the lower third of the pestle, where a textured surface takes over and aids in the grinding process. Contoured for a sure grip, the bowl holds approximately one cup, measures 4-1/2 inches in diameter, and features a pouring lip. The mortar and pestle are dishwasher-safe, and the mortar may be used in the microwave, oven, and freezer if necessary. --Ann Bieri
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The spout on mine also doesn't match the picture. It is of a thin material that could easily be broken or chipped upon light impact, like the thickness of a tea cup or fine serving plate. I would call it a definite design defect unless the goal was to get customers to break them on a regular basis so they would have to be replaced. But the fact is that the picture in the ad seems to show a mortar with a different, thicker more durable spout. I have to say though that the picture is not very clear. I didn't like the photo because it didn't have a zoom function, plus there was only one picture instead of multiple angles. I have an old mortar that got broke which I was trying to replace here. I thought this one looked like the exact same kind but it is not.
The pestle I received does not match what was shown in the picture. They look different. A couple other asthetic issues I think are worth mentioning are the fact that the bottom of the pestle is rounded instead of flattened which I think is an inferior design concept because it can only applying pressure to a relatively small area at any given moment and may cause certain hard brittle objects to fly out of the morter when crushing. I know because my old one had a flat bottom and I still had this happen sometimes.
Lastly, I think that the smooth enamel is painted too deep into the interior of the mortar which might cause the pestle to come in contact with that surface when grinding. My point is that overall I am very dissatisfied with this set and would definitely not reccomend it.
1) Medical use - I use this to crush pills such as aspirins and other pills and then I blend the mixture into my orange juice etc.
This set does a SUPERB job of CRUSHING PILLS and does it very smoothly and does it very quickly!
2) Crushing herbs and other hard ingredients for cooking purposes:
I have easily crushed WHOLE Bouillon cubes quite easily in this unit. Also, I use this often for my fresh picked Rosemary. What I do it to remove the Rosemary pieces from the Rosemary stalk first, then place them into this bowl and twist the Pestle in circular motion. What this does is to TENDERIZE the tough Rosemary and then RELEASE the natural OIL in the Rosemary and makes the flavor more sweet and at it's best.
3) Crushing Peppercorns (red or black) - I use this to finely crush Peppercorns and it crushes these to a fine powder. I do not have a pepper mill so this I love about being able to now crush up my own fresh pepper now!
4) Mixing/Cooking Bowl - I crush and then MIX UP all of my dry ingredients FIRST into this bowl. Then I add my wet ingredients to it. I make my own FRESH and HOMEMADE Vinaigrette Salad dressing and I do so right into this bowl!
*Also, I make a small amount of thickening sauce for my stir fry recipe using this bowl and just pour it into my stir fry when I am preparing it. This way I save money and have a better tasting stir fry sauce.
* I also make my own small amount of sauce/gravy doing the same thing. Then I use this Mortar as a mini casserole/pan and place an inverted saucer on top of it and place this mixture into my microwave for about one minute and then I have a sauce!
If you are an avid cook as I am, then I highly recommend this set at it is made well, heavy duty and NOT TOO SMALL for using for small amounts of herb mixtures, making salad dressings (small amounts) or making small amounts of stir fry sauces etc.
If you would like my recipe for my homemade Vinaigrette dressing or for my stir fry sauce or other sauce, ask me in the comment section and I will send it.
If you need to crush up dry things as pills or peppercorns, hard spices, this is the one to get!
The vitreous porcelain bowl interior is smooth for about 1/2" down from the rim, then it has a slightly rough texture. It feels a bit like the finest emery paper and is on the bottom of the pestle too, creating opposing "gripping" surfaces. The bowl actually has a capacity greater than the 8 ounces stated in the description if you want to mix liquids directly in it.
The pestle is asymmetrical as mentioned in another review, and I believe this is part of the design rather than poor workmanship. I tend to keep the bowed side down towards the mortar when grinding because it seems to direct the force better.
- Granite: for everything but it's too heavy
- Marmor: same as granite but since it's a little more soft, keeps some of the previous tastes
- Wood: keeps a lot of tastes used. Great if used for custom sauces for ie that one will get the flavor of a previously prepared
- Ceramic: Just like on a lab, use it and clean it. The hardest of them all can get in smaller sizes but can easily break if not careful.
It has a porous surface on both the mortar and pestle so it can grip on the ingredients in a better way and smash them.
The small tip allows you to make sauces and the overall size is perfect to fit into any cabinet. Just couldn't be happier at this, the price is totally fair so as the item.