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Oct 25, 2010 01:12 AM

Flat Mortar AND Flat Pestle?

I'm in the process of researching mortar and pestles, preferably mortar and pestles that can make short work of garlic and ginger in relatively large quantities (about 2 heads of garlic and about half that quantity of ginger- 8 oz-ish).

I've seen so many food/travel shows that it's all a bit of a blur, but I faintly recalling seeing a show where one of the cooks used two flat-ish stones for grinding- stones that they were able to make quick work out of just about anything. The other nice aspect was, that, unlike most stone M&Ps, these were not hulking masses. The Indian sil batta and Mexican metate y mano are close, but what I saw wasn't a rolling pin.

I'm sort of picturing one large flat slightly bowled stone (like the sil batta) and a flat stone pestle. For some reason, the pestle feels like it's too large to use with one hand, but I don't recall the cook using two hands to use it. Perhaps it was just small enough to use with one hand- maybe 6" square. Bottom line, it was two pretty big flat-ish stones.

Does this ring a bell with anyone?

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