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Mortar and pestle
« on: October 22, 2011, 10:58:44 PM »

I bought myself a granite mortar and pestle this week.
Ive been wanting one for a while, and finally gave in and got one.
It is one of the larger ones, and pretty heavy. (3 cup capacity, 5 1/2" inside diameter, 8" pestle)

So far, I have used it to grind all my resin incenses into a powder form.
It almost wasn't even work grinding them all up.
This will definitely make it much easier to measure and mix them.

After grinding, I wiped down both parts with a damp towel, to get rid of the loose powder left on them.
I then realized that some of the resins are smushed/ground/stuck to both pieces.

I did a quick internet search, and used the "dry rice grinding method" to clean them with.
This did a pretty good job of getting rid of ALMOST all of the resins.

My question is.... Is there a better/easier way to clean a mortar and pestle?
Or at least, what do you do to clean yours? (if you have one)
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Re: Mortar and pestle
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2011, 11:44:12 PM »

I just wipe them out.  BUT ... I have several and never use those I have for preparing edibles for anything else.  I have 2 I use for food prep, 2 for bath/body concoctions, and 1 solely for resins and herbs for spells and such.
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Re: Mortar and pestle
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2011, 12:17:56 PM »

I have a suribachi that I use for culinary herbs only. Because it has groovers I use a pastry brush to brush the particles out. It works well. I haven't had to deal with anything sticky at this point.

I think it is a must to have a dedicated incense mortar and pestle and a separate one for cooking.
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Re: Mortar and pestle
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2011, 07:09:48 PM »

Yeah, I believe I will have to buy another one when the need arises.
I think I can manage to make the sacrifice.  :brew:

Thanks for your input!
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Re: Mortar and pestle
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2011, 12:13:08 AM »

As inexpensive as they are, that's the best thing. Have several for dedicated purposes. At least one for edible goods only and one for non-edible purposes.
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Re: Mortar and pestle
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2011, 06:18:45 PM »

I just wipe them out.  BUT ... I have several and never use those I have for preparing edibles for anything else.  I have 2 I use for food prep, 2 for bath/body concoctions, and 1 solely for resins and herbs for spells and such.

This is a fabulous idea! I haven't bought a mortar and pestle yet, because I only ever see wooden ones in stores and that seems to me like a recipe for disaster. I prefer to buy in stores rather than over the internet. I will keep looking for a granite one!
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Re: Mortar and pestle
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2011, 06:41:37 PM »

If you have a Bed, Bath and Beyond around you, I know they have some granite ones there.
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Re: Mortar and pestle
« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2011, 12:11:33 AM »

Check TJ Maxx around Christmas time. I've seen a lot of granite ones and at quite good discounts.
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Re: Mortar and pestle
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2011, 03:53:50 PM »

CHristmas Tree Stores... they have stuff like that on and off all year round.
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Re: Mortar and pestle
« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2011, 06:48:32 PM »

I've got one! It isn't marble (the marble one was a little too much for my budget at the moment) but it's ceramic, and did a very nice job of crushing cumin and coriander seeds for this evening's split pea soup. I like it! I was drooling over the marble one, though!
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