Despite the variety of modern household appliances intended for use in the kitchen, there is a mortar with a pestle in almost every house. And this is not only a tribute to the traditions of cooking, but also a banal necessity. Experienced housewives know that spices crushed in a mortar will give a richer taste and aroma to any dish. Food crushed before cooking retains all its nutrients.
A mortar with a pestle can be made of many natural materials: wood, granite, marble. Some manufacturers use different metals for their products. So, you decided that your kitchen should have a mortar with a pestle. How to choose the most suitable for you? When solving the problem of buying a mortar with a pestle, first of all it is necessary to decide what you are going to use it for. So, a wooden mortar is not the best choice if you intend to rub wet spices and spices in it, because the material from which it is made absorbs the substances contained in it. It is necessary to choose products from hardwood species made from a whole piece. A film gradually forms on their surface, which prevents the penetration of chemicals into the fibers of the material. In such a mortar, you can not only rub spices, but also press them intensively.
The most versatile are mortars with a pestle made of marble or granite. It is those that are preferred by professional chefs. Their main advantages are resistance to mechanical influences, the absence of a reaction to acidic compounds and food dyes. In such a mortar you can grind almost all dry products, herbs, spices. A paste or an oil-based seasoning can also be made in it.
A mortar with a pestle made of natural stones (carnelian, granite, agate, chalcedony, onyx) is suitable for rubbing the most aggressive spices. It is not possible to use the shock grinding method, but only to rub the spices.
The porcelain mortar with pestle does not absorb moisture and odor, is easy to clean and acid-resistant. Their main disadvantage is the fragility of the material itself. When working with such a mortar, you can only rub spices instead of pressing them.
Metal products are considered almost timeless. The most resistant of them are nickel silver and brass. Stainless steel is moisture resistant and almost does not absorb odors. Cast-iron mortars quickly rust, so only dry spices are ground in them. Bronze products quickly deteriorate from constant impacts, so they are more suitable for rubbing spices.
In addition to the choice of material, it is necessary to carefully consider the shape of the mortar itself. For example, a low harness is best suited for rubbing nuts and herbs. It should have a flat or slightly rounded bottom. If the products are rubbed, then in this case they will turn into powder. Larger and voluminous spices are easier to grind in high and slightly narrowed mortars. In them, the product is not converted into the finest dust.
Small mortars are great for making fragrant masks, nutrient mixtures for hair and nails.
The main requirements for a quality product are: high material density and strength, convenient shape, ductility (the material is not destroyed during deformation), chemical resistance.
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