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need mortar and pestle education

rmarisco | Feb 2, 201409:32 AM     23

i've got a couple of mortar and pestles. i just tried to use the wooden one (pretty sure it's olive wood) and realized it might just be for show - pretty shallow, very wide, and seemed difficult to grind cardamom seeds to powder without them flying around. I'm just wondering - i know there are many different materials for mortar and pestles - are some better for other things than others? i have a marble one and i used it for garlic paste once... now it is forever garlic-tinged. i would like to be able to have a good small pestle to grind dry spices. I also notice a difference in the design of the pestle heads - perhaps that makes a difference as well? (maybe the ones i have need to be replaced)

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