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Stone (Granite) Mortar and Pestle, 7 in, 2+ cup capacity
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- Manufactured in Thailand. 7" diameter, 5" inner bowl, 4.5" height, 7" pestle
- Handmade from a single block of extremely hard (Mohs Scale 7+), dark granite, 3 sizes available
- Indestructible, will not chip or crack no matter how hard you pound
- Received top endorsement from celebrity chef
- Beautiful appearance, a work of art to show off in your kitchen
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Made in Thailand of carved granite, this durable high quality product is an important tool for Thai cooking as well as around the world. Won't chip or crack. Each mortar is cut from a solid granite rock and carefully carved by hand. Hefty 15 lb weight, this product has remarkable visual appeal and is the finest mortar and pestle on the market. We use the finest raw material available. Also mentioned as the best mortar and pestle in America by magzine (Feb 16, 2007). Aslo recently got top endorsement from famous on TV Chef.
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I just finished pounding a handful of dried Japones chilies into flakes. I've had these chilies for about 6 months. I toasted them beforehand. Yet after all that, pounding in the mortar still produced an oil sheen in the bottom. When everyone says that a food processor cant even compete, this is what they are talking about. You cannot produce this oil by a fast chopping method. You must bruise and pulverize the chili/herb. These oils provide a more powerful flavor that can't be gotten with modern means in a home kitchen. Besides, I just sat in my recliner with the mortar in my lap and pounded away while watching a Family Guy rerun. Nothing lost, something gained. The sides of the unit end up vertical but you can still have stuff escape although it doesn't lose much. I pulled a few seeds off the chair and that was it after 20 minutes of pounding.
So.... this is a near perfect product. I can't find anything I would change, but I'm not perfect.
Edit Post 02-OCT-2010
I finally received the 7 in, 2+ cup mortar. It came with the glazed outer and the upper handle of the two(why?) pestles I received were glazed as well. In other respects it is much like the larger version I bought directly from ImportFoods.com. The unit is still solid and looks nearly the same. I think the bottom on this one is a bit more rough and unlevel. All in all, the actual difference isn't that great between 7 and 8 cup, however, try working something with not enough space and then see how you feel. To me, its worth the extra to go larger as there is no down side. Either one is weighty, so you aren't going to gain in that factor. The finish inside and out is nearly identical; the insides are both finished well as are the pestles of both. Oh, and don't blow the remains of crushed dried hot chilies out of these unless you want 30 minutes of eye burn(yeah, I'm a regular genius).
I have one nit picking complaint though. I'm a Geologist and it seems that most stone products sold to the public labeled granite are not granite. The mortar and pestle I received was made from gabbro. However, this doesn't detract from the mortar and pestle and does not mean that the quality is compromised in any way.
As soon as the 2-cup version arrived, I gave it a workout with serious pounding and grinding. I doubt you can hit this granite hard enough with the pestle to break it. If you have anger management issues, or have had a bad day, this might provide hours of cheap therapy...
It feels nice in your hand, comfortable to use, and I'm confident that I'll end up with satisfactorily ground product every single time. The inside is fairly smooth, which concerned me at first, but spices, etc still grind easily, and it is very easy to clean out as well. This far surpassed any of other ones I've tried. If you are only going to grind spices, the smaller version might work. If you do a lot of guacamole and that sort of thing, you might want the larger size. For general kitchen work and doing a little of everything, this size seems suitable to me.
The mortar & pestle comes with a slip of paper advising you to put it on something when using it to keep from scratching your counters. I just put it on my chopping board when using it, and leave it out on the counter all the time. It looks good, and works great.