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Big granite mortar yay!
on December 11, 2014
This is quite large, unless cooking for a large family with a mortar as your only tool I can't see needing anything much larger. It fits over 4 large avocados. The stone is nice and rough for things like flowers and small seeds, which this can grind to a fine dust. So it is versatile and large. It handles small quantities as easily as large. Seasoning mortars is a simple process that does not require and great skill, you basically just rinse it, let it dry, grind up some brown rice, and dump it out, and done. You can grind in peppercorns, chili pods or other spices if desired to "season" the stone itself.
One possible issue with some is the bottom is rough. On a fine surface this could scratch. Same with the sides. Typically it is good traction. However if you don't like it rough you can paint the bottom with epoxy paint/resin and lightly sand it for an easy glossy finish. The ones with polished sides are more aesthetically appealing in my opinion, so if you are really into the aesthetics of your kitchen, you may opt for a glossy outside as polished granite is quite beautiful. Those tended to be smaller and more expensive.
The natural stone of this mortar is also appealing and unobtrusive and would likely work for many rustic themed kitchens. It is a nice piece to display next to dark woods, and green plants =) It is granite, so unless you drop it from a great height onto concrete it should last for hundreds or thousands of years, it is what the Rocky mountains are made of after all =) Gets you more in touch with your food, the texture, the smells releasing. It is a slower and more gentler method to grind food than a blender or food processer. High speed commercial blenders warm foods which can oxidize your super-foods. It is fun to experiment with various foods and preparation. It may not seem like much of a difference in mindstate, but just not hearing a whirring blender that you have to shout over, or the annoying rattle of a coffee grinder, the stone is much earthier.
It's just a mortar!