A simple and ancient tool Jasmine, yet surprisingly versatile for many purposes in the kitchen. Grind evenly, crushing all ingredients and using the pestle to mix and mash until all have been reduced to the same consistency. The generous and deep bowl stands 7.5” high and measures 7.5” across, with an inside diameter of 5” and a depth of 3.5”. Happy customers report that the interior of the bowl has just the right amount of texture to grip ingredients for easy and efficient grinding. You should also think about how easy the material is to clean and it durability, as stone is more likely to last long compared to wood, but might be more challenging to clean than steel. Ideally, you want a mortar and pestle made out of a material with a substantial heft to it, and a hard surface. When it came to grinding, the material and texture of the mortars’ interiors were key. Give the set’s weight some consideration. The only complaint is that it’s too small. And the tall sides would make it good for a greater capacity…. I have a mortar and pestle in my kitchen, but I’m going to be entirely honest, it’s mainly there to impress guests into thinking that I’m a good cook. And often, a well-constructed mortar and pestle will outperform its electric counterparts in terms of ease of use, clean up and convenience as well. We are mortar and pestle evangelists generally, and have a growing collection of styles for different uses. Non-porous stainless resists odors and is easy to clean. Shape - The shape of the set determines how easy it is to use. Light weight and the potential for breakage are concerns with porcelain, but it can be washed in the dishwasher. You’ll typically find them all over Thailand. My mother and I have used our motar and pestle for many years now, she has the white marble one and it works really well and hasn’t kept any pesky odors. A deeply rounded well will keep the ingredients from squirting and jumping out, while shallow ones won’t contain them as well. Don’t like them? You can’t clean it in the dishwasher, but you can use warm water to clean it with a little soap, but not too much and remember you’ll need to season it when it arrives. Season with a light coating of a healthy oil afterwards. Finally, it got a bit scratched after extensive use. Or soak in a mild vinegar and water solution. Some of these links may be affiliate in nature, meaning we earn small commissions if items are purchased. • Pound or bash the ingredients with the broad end of the pestle. Hard Stone - Reliable, tough, and versatile, hard stone options like a granite mortar and pestle are easy to use and won’t wear you out because of the uneven bowl that makes pulverizing ingredients much easier.