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comestible Oct 24, 2012 09:31 PM

Hi, I've been reading the M&P threads a bit....

The local antique shop has a marble mortar for a dollar, but no pestle. Should i buy it and use the wooden pestle from my wooden set?

The marble one's very familiar; you've all seen it. Heavy, about 6-7 inches wide at top. Concentric, rather shallow scoring at the bottom. Wish I could find an orphan marble pestle. I do appreciate the value of a heavy pestle.

Kind of an idle question, as it's something I don't actively NEED. Got the wooden African one, plus an electric spice grinder.


  1. splatgirl Oct 25, 2012 07:47 AM

    I've seen that combo quite a bit. I would, if it's a mortar that you like and the pestle you choose or have is of a hard wood. Another option would be to get a lab porcelain one for it.

    1. Veggo Oct 25, 2012 07:49 AM

      If you don't buy it for $1 soon, someone will.

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        nikkib99 Oct 25, 2012 08:31 AM

        I think it's a good deal for $1, but don't expect it to work too well with a wooden pestle. For $1, I'd use it as a display bowl.

        1. Chemicalkinetics Oct 25, 2012 08:37 AM

          I agree with other posters. $1 is a very good buy. But then, it is only a good buy if you use it. If you don't think you will use it, then it is still $1 too expensive....

          3 Replies
          1. re: Chemicalkinetics
            1sweetpea Oct 25, 2012 11:49 AM

            I think the wooden pestle WILL work well with the marble mortar. I have a mortar and pestle I bought in an Asian store. The mortar is clay and the pestle is wood. It works very well. I also have an all marble set at my cottage which is much smaller. Both work fine, but I prefer my larger set. It's much more versatile.

            1. re: 1sweetpea
              Miss Priss Oct 25, 2012 01:16 PM

              Agreed. The marble pestle that came with my marble mortar fell off the counter and snapped in half, so I replaced it with a hardwood one that happened to be available. The wood/marble combo works very well, and I can drop this pestle as much as I want to without breaking it.

              1. re: 1sweetpea
                kaleokahu Oct 25, 2012 02:35 PM

                Hi, 1sweetpea:

                So long as the radii of each are complimentary, you are absolutely right.

                In fact, if there is true pounding to be done, a wooden pestle may well be advantageous--far less chance of chipping or cracking the stone.


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