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10 Easy Pieces: The White Mortar and Pestle

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Oct 29, 2013 01:08 AM
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by Alexa Hotz last modified Oct 28, 2013

I've been taking a ceramics class at night for the past few months and the other day, while cleaning up the wheel at the end of the last session, it dawned on me: why didn't I make a mortar and pestle? Filled with regret I slumped out of class and immediately went online searching for inspiration to satisfy my urge. There's something satisfyingly primitive about mortar and pestles. Used to smash, mash, and pulverize all manner of cooking ingredients, few other culinary tools do their jobs so simply and so well. Plus, they're nice to look at, especially, if you ask us, in white.  Here are 10 basic standouts in ceramic, porcelain, stoneware, and marble. N.B. We've posted on mortar and pestles in the past: see additional options at 5 Favorites: Mortar & Pestles . Above: Available at Heidi Swanson's shop Quitokeeto, Magnus Lundström's White Marble Mortar & Pestle  is designed for hardworking kitchens (Swanson puts hers to work for making pesto, nut butters, salsa, guacamole, and curry paste, to name but a few examples); $125 from Quitokeeto. Above: Made in the UK for decades—and Julie's longstanding tool for grinding spices—the Milton Brook  Ceramic Mortar & Pestle  has a heavyweight design in porcelain and beechwood; $62.95 CAD from Old Faithful Shop. Also available in the UK for £21 to £28.50 from Objects of Use . It's featured in our new book, Remodelista, a Sourcebook for the Considered Home , in a compendium of 100 standout household objects. Above: From Harold Import, the porcelain  Mortar and Pestle  takes its look from pharmacy basics; $6.22 for the 8-ounce size from Amazon. Above: Le Creuset's Stoneware 10-Ounce Mortar & Pestle has an enamel interior that resists chipping and cracking; $34.99 from Amazon. Above: The modernist option, designer Eero Aarnio's porcelain  Aroma Mortar and Pestle by Alessi ; $47 from Amazon. Above: The  Emile Henry Mortar and Pestle Set  is made from glazed Burgundy clay; $35.95 from The Wire Whisk. Above: Crate & Barrel's simple (and affordable) Porcelain Mortar & Pestle measures 4 inches high and about 8 inches in diameter; $14.95. Above: The  Kai Porcelain Mortar & Pestle  is textured with grooves inside the bowl; it's made from nonporous porcelain and hardwood; $39.95 at Williams-Sonoma. Above: The porcelain  Sophie Conran Portmeirion Mortar & Pestle  has a fluted body and a pouring spout; $17.60 at Macy's. Above: The classic white ceramic  Mortar & Pestle  from Sur La Table is priced from $11.95 to $24.95 depending on size. Need the perfect countertop for that mortar and pestle? See  Remodelista Kitchen Countertop Picks . And for of our favorite objects see our past  10 Easy Pieces posts.






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