[Sca-cooks] mortar and pestle questions

Laura C. Minnick lcm at jeffnet.org
Sat Nov 22 20:19:09 PST 2008

Stefan li Rous wrote:
> 'Lainie said:
> <<< I use my marble one the most, but I pull down
> her big wooden one to grind long pepper in- about the only way I can do
> it is to sit on the kitchen floor with the mortar between my legs, so I
> can put my weight into it. Only way I've ever been able to grind the
> durn things. >>>
> Are you speaking of long pepper or galangal? I find long pepper is 
> fairly easy for me to crush in my small marble mortar and pestle, but 
> I've got stories in the Florilegium warning people about how hard  
> galangal is and how it  has a tendency to destroy pepper grinders.
Long pepper. I get ground galengal instead of whole, but the long pepper 
is still in the little mini-pine cone. I break them into pieces as I can 
and then grind them. Maybe I'm just wimpy. :-(


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