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A mortar is a wooden/ceramic/stone bowl used with a pestle to grind.

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Many have chosen to be lazy and try to make pesto with a food processor. However it is widely known that the best way to make pesto is by using a mortar and pestle.
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Ingredients:
2 cloves of garlic
a pinch of kosher salt
100 ml of extravergin olive oil
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30 gr of grated pecorino cheese
1 tbs of pine nuts
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First of all basil leaves should not be washed, rather cleaned with a soft cloth.
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When the garlic will look creamy add the basil leaves with a pinch of kosher salt and grind.
The grinding should be done towards the walls of the mortar, turning the pestle right and left and the mortar the opposite way.
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Add the cheeses a bit at a time, mixing all the time.
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Are mortar and pestle better than electric grinders?


It depends on what you need to grind. Some electric coffee grinders are very good for certain seeds for example, while substances like basil come out better tasting and with a nicer color when crushed with a mortar and pastle.
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Which is the best material for a mortar and pestle?


Mortar and pestle must be made of a hard enough material so that seeds and plants can be crushed without wearing away the tool, and so that the pounding and grinding won't break it.
The material should also be smooth and non-porous so that it won't absorb or trap the substances that are being ground.
There are a few materials that all more or less fit these requirements: ceramic, porcelain, glass, marble, stone, wood, bamboo, iron, steel, brass and basalt.
The choice among these is based on what use you need the mortar and pestle for.
For example rough ceramic is more fragile than stone but makes a finer powder. While glass, also fragile, is stain-resistant. Wood absorbs more easily but is very good for the grinding of salt and pepper at the dinner table. While metal mortars need to be kept lightly oiled.
I personally would suggest a heavy, thick, smooth marble mortar and pestle, as it is both very resistant to pounding, and grinds pretty finely. Marble is good with both liquids and dry seeds and plants, and it doesn't absorb odors and tastes as much as other materials, even tho it does get a bit stained and sometimes previous substances can still be smelled on it for a while.

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When were mortar and pestle invented?


Mortar and pestle seem to have been used since anchient times to grind seeds and plants. There are sources of its use both in the Egyptian Ebers Papyrus (1550 BCE) and the Bible.
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