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ChefSofi Granite Mortar and Pestle Set

Here at Milk Street, we love crushing spices or herbs by hand to create more variation in texture and extract more flavor, and a mortar and pestle allow us to blend them more precisely. This version, carved from unpolished granite, has a generous 2-cup capacity, which means you can make larger quantities of pesto or chimichurri at a time than with other brands. Its deep bowl, which is about 4.5 inches in diameter, will also contain all of your spices as you're cracking or grinding, for fewer crumbs and bits on your kitchen counter. The pestle is 7 inches long and tapered to allow for comfort and control—a firm grip on the pestle makes grinding easier on your hand, and you won't have to worry about scraping it against the edges of the bowl. And, since the mortar is solid all the way through to its base, it provides a stable foundation for grinding spices finely or crushing herbs to release their aromas, as with our Italian-style Spicy Garlic and Herb Oil.

We also like using a mortar and pestle for making a fresh turmeric paste, inspired by our travels in Thailand: Grind together 3 ounces of peeled fresh turmeric, 2 garlic cloves, 1 small shallot (roughly chopped), 1 tablespoon light brown sugar and 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Use the paste to coat chicken before roasting or braising, or sauté it as a base for a soups, stews and sauces. It also can be used in vegetable dressings.
  • Net Weight: 7.05 pounds
  • Mortar Diameter: 6 inches
  • Pestle Length: 6.5 inches
  • Capacity: 2 cups
  • Material: Unpolished or polished black granite
  • Care: Hand-wash only