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My Mortar and Pestle Went on Strike!


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My Mortar and Pestle Went on Strike!

MamaCrunch | Aug 27, 2010 07:46 PM

I recently bought a large granite mortar and pestle to add to my collection so I could make pesto. The other two are just too small and I was tired of using the baby food maker since we don't have a processor.

Today I attempted pesto and I couldn't get the darn basil leaves to grind down into a paste. They just stayed whole and looked super wilted. I kept going, adding each of the ingredients hoping there would be a magic step!

Yep, I ended up with wilted basil float in olive oil. It was the saddest excuse for a pesto I've ever seen! Luckily everyone in my family have a stomach virus and wouldn't have been able to eat it anyway. I'd have been super embarrassed the serve it up!

Any idea where I went wrong?

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