When it comes to cooking, there are a lot of tools that you will need. A mortar and pestle are some of the most common items in any kitchen. Mortars are typically made from ceramic or marble, while pestles are traditionally made from wood or stone.
If you are looking for a mortar and pestle set, then the first question you should be asking yourself is if it needs to be seasoned. How do you season a marble mortar and pestle? Should you wash a mortar and pestle? Which is better granite or marble mortar and pestle? These are all questions we will attempt to answer in this article!
How do you season a mortar?
A new mortar and pestle set needs to be seasoned to seal the surface of marble and ceramic.
- The first step is to wash it with warm water and dishwashing liquid, then dry thoroughly.
- Once completely dried, add some salt into your new mortar and pestle set. Add enough salt that creates a layer over all of the interior surfaces of your bowl or vessel.
- Next, pour in high-proof vodka until all areas are covered by about an inch (this will make sure there’s no gaps where bacteria can grow).
- Cap tightly so none of the spirits evaporate off while seasoning your new marble mortar and pestle!
- After 24 hours have passed, dump out any remaining alcohol mixture from inside your newly seasoned stone bowl or vessel before using it for cooking purposes
3 steps to wash a mortar and pestle
1) First step is to scrub the mortar and pestle with an abrasive cleaner. This will remove any dirt or food particles that may be stuck to it.
2) Second step is to soak the mortar and pestle in soapy water for about 15 minutes. This will help you remove any oil stains that are left behind after using it.
3) Third step is to wash with hot and soapy water again just like the first time around before leaving it out on some kitchen towel overnight or up until dry completely which may take longer than usual because of its porous surface. You can also use salt as an alternative cleanser if preferred over dish soap but make sure not to scrub too hard when doing this otherwise, you’ll risk scratching your marble mortar and pestle. The last thing anyone wants is stained stone!
Which is better granite or marble mortar and pestle?
A granite mortar is heavier than marble, so if you have to choose between which one would suit your kitchen more… opt for granite! Marble can chip or crack from being dropped on a hard surface while granite will not due to its weight difference.
But if you’re looking for a traditional style in your kitchen, marble is an excellent choice. It’s also popular amongst chefs because of the non-porous material that helps prevent the growth of bacteria and makes it easy to clean!
A granite mortar can be used with equal success but take note that it may cause some wear on your knife’s blade due to erosion when scraping down food after grinding spices or garlic. The only real downside I see about using granite pestle and mortar sets is having to replace them sooner than usual. One way around this problem though would be by purchasing one made from stainless steel instead which won’t rust over time as regular aluminum ones do… Which brings us back to our original question: Do I need my new mortar and pestle to be seasoned before use?
We have already answered this question, make sure to follow those steps after purchasing the mortar and pestle.