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A mortar and pestle should be made of...?

Marble? Smooth stone? Rough stone? Glass?
I recently needed to crush some little seeds (cardamom) -- the food processor was useless, as was a hammer and a baggie. Finally (successfully) used the back of a spoon on a glass plate.

I suppose it depends on what needs crushing?

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  1. I have a marble mortar and pestle. It works just fine. If you need to crush/grind spices faster. get a coffee grinder.

    1. I have been very happy with my vitreous mortar and pestle for thirty plus years.

      http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003UKUEGC/r...

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      1. re: tim irvine

        Cannot argue with 30 years of "very happy", but I'm gonna read all the other posts anyway :)
        But 30 years...cannot argue!

      2. I have one marble and one granite. The marble one is rough; the granite is polished. They work equally well. When I have a large quantity of spices to crush or grind, I use the little 1 cup container that came with my blender. I prefer this to a dedicated coffee/spice grinder because you can thoroughly wash all parts in the dishwasher, which practically eliminates the possibility of transferring flavors.

          1. One granite, one porcelain and one wooden mortar. All are fine, all get used for different things.

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              1. re: blue room

                Blue Room - Wooden one is only used for seeds and similar. It isn't heavy enough for a lot of things but it is truly beautiful

                1. re: knet

                  I saw an olive wood one today -- yes, truly beautiful.