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Mortars and Pestles

mortar and pestle is a low-tech multitasker, allowing you to blitz whole spices into powder and grind wet ingredients into pastes and sauces. We’ve long thought that the quality of the foods produced by a mortar (the bowl) and pestle (the club) are superior in flavor and texture to foods that come out of a food processor. Plus, there are only two parts to clean and no sharp blades to nick yourself on. We tested seven models, using them to grind peppercorns to different levels of coarseness, to

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