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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).
Mine was 7 3/8" across the top, 8 3/8" if you measure across the small handles. It stands 5 1/4" tall at the highest point of the slightly irregular shape. It weighs 12.8lbs total. Your tile floor, wood floor or foot will most certainly lose an argument with a falling mortar. Even the 1.4lbs pestle will make you think twice about the grip or lack thereof you had on it seconds prior to it locating your tender toes 3 feet below. Keep a good grip on both items.
The bottom on sits flat on the counter, though it's not perfectly smooth by any stretch of the imagination. Remember, this rock is as hard as they come. Unless you have a diamond coated counter-top, this mortar will absolutely scratch your counter. Even your smooth granite counters will lose to this non-smooth granite mortar. You have 2 options: 1) you could put sticky-backed felt on the bottom of the mortar. My father does something similar on the base of hedge and walnut lamps he turns to keep from scratching end tables. That would also work here. However the mortar can not be rocked up onto the edge of the base like a mixing bowl or it will still scratch the counter. You can't just wrap the whole base in felt or it would look ugy (but perhaps a thick drawstring bag could be cinched up on the bottom when push came to shove and removed before washing it in your sink. Or 2) my preferred option is to always place the mortar on a cutting board. I prefer a wooden cutting board for this job and I always leave the mortar on the cutting board on the counter at all times. It's an attractive pairing (sorry, not pics of that). The added height isn't a problem for me and it gives me a solid base to support the mortar when I really have to grind something hard. Tipping the mortar up also doesn't present any problems either. Ideally your cutting board will be big enough for you to lay the pestle on it and hopefully have a lip or trough to prevent the pestle from rolling off the side and onto you foot.
The same scratching concern is also a problem for your sink when you go to wash it. You need to place a rubber mat or wire sink caddy at the bottom of the sink before you place the mortar in it. This mat by Oxo should do the trick. Store it under your sink when not in use (assuming you don't want to use it all the time).
This thing is gorgeous quite frankly. Yes, you will have to grind uncooked white rice for a while until you finally dump out a clean batch. It's worth it though. Be sure to grind against the sides as well as the bottom of the mortar when you do that. And do try to grind up a ways on the pestle as well. It helps in the end. You won't regret putting in a little time and effort with this thing in the end. It really is an item that can be passed down through many generations. I highly recommend it.
This is an easy 5 stars since this thing delivers. My boyfriend, on the other hand, is currently at 4 stars since he does not use it to cook as much as I wish he would.
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The greatest mortar and pestle ever.
You will not regret it.