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Aug 24, 2007 11:06 AM

I'll be Pounding on my Granite....?

We have just picked out the granite for our new countertops. It is beautiful. Hope we're going to love it....gulp.

Maybe this is a stupid question, but we have a largish mortar and pestle which I use quite a lot. Will it be okay to use on the granite countertops? People must do this, right? Any precautions I should take? Can I use full force?

This kitchen fix-up thing is scary.

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  1. If your mortar is very large and has a rough finish to it base/legs I'd recommend getting a piece of rubber to help prevent it from scuffing the counter. As long as there is normal support under the counter (not an overhang) I don't think any normal human could create enough force with the pestle to bust through the granite.

    Even an old inner tube should work as a scratch/slide preventer...

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    1. re: renov8r

      Great recs, renov8r - both the "overhang" and protect-the-base are important for mirage to remember. I've been using my M&P full bore for five years on this granite with nary a mark but never use it on the (long) overhang and always put it on an old potholder or silpat. I do get antsy about people sliding heavy platters & bowls though, knowing there is a very good chance of stray salt grains or bits of food under the platters that could leave a pretty good scratch. So far, so good and we've had lots of parties here without damage.

    2. Granite can crack -- don't forget that there are flaws in every stone. Thicker granite is stronger, but the flaws are what will get you. I would do as the other posters suggest -- avoid banging on unsupported pieces and cushion the M&P if it is large. Any piece that is narrow, such as what remains around a cooktop cut-out or sink, will also be weaker than a solid piece that has not been near a cut. A small M&P won't bother it. Remember that it is hard enough to dull your knives, so always use a cutting board. I say, why risk it? I pound meat on a cutting board placed on the counter. They are so expensive, if you ever have a problem, they will not be cheap to fix.

      1. Get a roll of that waflle weave stuff for drawers, I think duck brand and cut to size to avoid slipping , I also use it under cutting boards to keep in place and under my glasses to breathe after the dishwasher and too avoid a musty odor you can get in cabinets after a while. good luck and enjoy those counters!

        1. Thanks, everyone. It sounded like a stupid question, but I seem to be looking for things to worry about. Never had granite before, and it is such a big investment. You've made me feel a little better.
          Now, who wants to help me pick out paint?

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          1. re: mirage

            Paint is a piece of cake! Choose a favorite food for color inspiration -- butter yellow, eggplant, kiwi green, tangerine, apple red, toast -- you get the picture. If you hate it, another gallon of paint is a really cheap fix.

            1. re: mirage

              white is never a wrong choice, might not be the best choice, but if you want to live into something, start with white, easy enough to paint over later.

            2. When pounding ckn breast I always use my cutting board under a plastic cutting mat to absorb some of the shock. I know that it would most likely not break but don't want to take the chance.