HiCoup Kitchenware Granite Mortar and Pestle
Last updated date: December 5, 2019
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HiCoup The mortar and pestle, it is said to be one of the most under-utilised kitchen tools around, but harnessing the potential it holds will transform your homemade meals. Mortar and Pestle Here’s why you should be cooking with a pestle and mortar or molcajete bowl: #1: Major flavor potential Chopping up fresh herbs to add to your favourite Thai or Mexican recipe is a great start but just think of the scent released when you rip a bunch of basil from the bush or crush a rip avocado or fresh garlic clove. Those lovely culinary aromas are increased tenfold when you infuse all the flavors together in the belly of the mortar. The solid granite pestle can even crush and grind ingredients for cocktails and can be used for making mojitos. #2: He who holds the pestle determines the grind There is something quite satisfying in being able to decide just how fine and small you like or need your spice and salt infusion to be. If you’re making a rub for steak you may want the mixture to be quite coarse but you’ve also just realised this combination would work wonders as an addition to your mushroom sauce – and then you would want it to be a finer powder. #3: Connect to the now and live in the moment We’ve become so used to the pre-made, store-bought salsas, drizzles, spice mixes and infusions that we often simply dollop them onto our steaks and into our sauces. Understanding exactly what quantities go into a pesto allows for fine tweaking and adaptation – maybe you don’t have pine nuts today and use some macadamias instead – and help bring about entirely new culinary experiences. Mortar and Pestle The Perfrect Gift for any Home Chef The HiCoup mortar and pestle makes a thoughtful gift for the home chef who loves perfecting their own blends of herbs and spices. This solid stone mortar and pestleis perfectly sized with a finish that allows you to grip the product. A beautiful edition to my kitchen counter The Many Uses of a Mortar and Pestle Mortar The mortar and pestle may be the oldest of all culinary implements. As basic as two stones, this simple tool can be used in a staggering array of food preparations, from spice blends to fabled sauces. Here is a simple yet delicious guacamole recipe: Ingredients: 1 red or green jalapeño pepper, stemmed and seeded, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion 1/4 cup cilantro leaves 3 large ripe hass avocados 1/4 cup coarsely grated yellow onion with juice Juice of one lime 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco Prepare: Combine the jalapeño, garlic, and red onion in a mortar. Press on the ingredients with your pestle, and grind them around the mortar in a circular movement, 3 to 4 times. Add the cilantro and gently bruise the leaves with the pestle. Add the avocados, yellow onion, and lime juice and mash to form a blended but chunky consistency. Stir in the cumin, salt, black pepper, and hot sauce and taste for seasoning. Mortar and Pestle Pestle Mortar How to season your mortar and pestle. Before using a mortar and pestle for the first time, it is important to season it to avoid any unwanted flavors, deter sticking and smooth what might be an excessively rough grinding surface. This process will also clean out the stone dust that is inherently left during the manufacturing process. Step 1 Clean the mortar and pestle under running water with a stiff cleaning brush. Allow to air dry. Step 2 Place 1/3 cup of uncooked rice in the mortar and grind it into the surface with the pestle until the rice is pulverized. The color of the pulverized rice should be white once you finish grinding it. Discard the rice. Step 3 Place four peeled cloves of garlic and a teaspoon each of cumin, kosher salt and pepper into the mortar. Grind the ingredients into the surface of the mortar with the pestle until all the ingredients are pulverized together. Discard the ingredients. Step 4 Rinse the mortar and pestle under running water. Allow to air dry before storing. How to care for your granite mortar and pestle. A properly cleaned granite mortar and pestle will provide years of service in the household kitchen. Things Needed Dishrag Unscented dish soap Abrasive dish sponge Dry cloth Step 1 Rinse the mortar and pestle in water immediately after use to minimize staining. Granite is especially prone to staining when exposed to acidic and oily foods. Step 2 Wash the mortar in warm water, using a clean dishrag and mild dish soap. Unscented dish soap is best, because scented soaps can leave a perfume residue on the mortar and pestle that could transfer to food. Use an abrasive dish sponge to remove stuck-on food. Step 3 Rinse the mortar and pestle thoroughly in warm water to remove soap residue. Step 4 Dry the mortar and pestle with a clean cloth to prevent water stains from forming on the granite. Warnings Some staining on a granite and mortar pestle is inevitable, but it does not affect the performance of the utensil. Why choose HiCoup? The HiCoup brand stands by the belief that customers deserve a value-added product that exceeds their expectations. And we have achieved that by taking exceptional pride in the quality that goes into every product we manufacture and by providing exceptional after-sale service that few can match. We take the time and care that’s needed to make sure every product delivers outstanding performance, good looks, ease of use and durability. Read less
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An Overview On Mortar And Pestles
If you like making herbaceous or garlic-infused sauces from scratch or enjoy the feeling of working with your hands in the kitchen, then a mortar and pestle is a must-have tool for you. A pestle is a small club-like gadget used to pound ingredients inside the mortar, which is a small bowl. Together, they are a useful duo that helps home cooks and chefs create delicious recipes.
In the kitchen, a mortar and pestle is used to mix wet or oily ingredients to make recipes such as guacamole, hummus and pesto. A mortar and pestle is also used for grinding spices down to a fine powder. However, the kitchen isn’t the only place where a mortar and pestle come in handy. They also have a special place in medicine. Traditionally, mortars and pestles were used in pharmacies to crush various medicines together to create a prescription.
Mortar and pestles can be made from several different ingredients, each lending specific benefits to the user. Ceramic ones are often found throughout Italy and Spain. They are used for grinding up ingredients and making liquid sauces. Marble mortar and pestles are great for grinding dry spices, but the inside is too slippery for crushing up herbs effectively. Granite mortar and pestles are most popular in Thailand and India. The irregular texture of the bowl makes it easier to grind ingredients. Wood ones are most popular in the Mediterranean. However, keep in mind that they absorb the flavors of the food pounded in them.
When on the hunt for a good mortar, be sure to find one that is hefty and durable. Feel the inside with your fingers. It’s important to have a little bit of roughness, but not so much that it is difficult to clean. Ones that are too smooth are very slippery and make it difficult to crush ingredients. Look for a tall, rounded shape to keep ingredients from falling out. Opt for pestles that are broad with a gently rounded base. This keeps ingredients from slipping out underneath it.
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The mortar and pestle has been around for thousands of years. There is evidence that people in 35,000 BC used this helpful tool. Commonly used in ancient Egypt as both medical and culinary tools, mortars and pestles were also used by other civilizations including the ancient Greeks. In the 14th century, mortars and pestles were commonly made using bronze. While it was a popular choice, the bronze eventually turned green or dark brown and was no longer suitable for use. As a result, sometimes the tools were also made from wood or stone. In the 16th century, mortars and pestles were decorated with beautiful handles, knobs and spouts.
The Mortar And Pestle Buying Guide
- For home cooks and professionals alike, the material your mortar and pestle is made from is of the utmost importance. The kind you need will depend on how you primarily plan on using it in the kitchen. The ChefSofi Mortar and Pestle Set is made out of unpolished heavy granite. The set is durable and heavy, and will not slip during use. The Bekith Stainless Steel Mortar and Pestle has a double stainless steel construction. It has a functional design and a non-skid base designed to keep it in place. The Cooler Kitchen Silicone & Porcelain Mortar and Pestle is made out of apothecary-grade porcelain, which means that it’s easy to clean and doesn’t absorb any flavors or odors. The Greenco Marble Mortar and Pestle is constructed from solid white marble with gray accents. It has an unpolished and natural rough interior.
- As with any kitchen tool, easy cleanup is a major buying factor. After all, if you’ve been working in the kitchen all day, having to scrub the gadgets you used isn’t going to be a lot of fun. When buying your mortar and pestle, opt for one that is designed to be cleaned without too much scrubbing. The ChefSofi Mortar and Pestle Set can be washed with just warm water. It does not need any soap to be cleaned. The Bekith Stainless Steel Mortar and Pestle is low maintenance and easy to clean. The mortar comes with a lid that can be placed on while pounding ingredients to lessen any splatters and spills on the counter. The Cooler Kitchen Silicone & Porcelain Mortar and Pestle can be placed in the dishwasher, so it is very easy to keep clean. The Greenco Marble Mortar and Pestle can be cleaned simply by wiping it down with a damp cloth. There is no need for scrubbing or soap.