A mortar and pestle crush and grind herbs, nuts, and spices in a very satisfying, down-to-earth way. Both pieces are made of heavy, durable porcelain that is vitrified and nonporous so as not to absorb odors, stain, or crack. The smooth white glaze covers all but the lower interior of the bowl and the lower third of the pestle, where a textured surface takes over and aids in the grinding process. Contoured for a sure grip, the bowl holds approximately one cup, measures 4-1/2 inches in diameter, and features a pouring lip. The mortar and pestle are dishwasher-safe, and the mortar may be used in the microwave, oven, and freezer if necessary. --Ann Bieri
The simplest and best way to crush and grind herbs and spices. The ceramic is ttotally sealed so that it will not absorbs flavours or stain, and has a textured surface on the interior of the mortar and the base of the pestle for better crushing and grinding. The mortar has a pouring lip and a contoured bowl and base for ease of handling. Vitrified and non-porous, it will not crack, discolour or take on unwanted flavours.