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Zen Cuizine 6393608CG Granite Mortar and Pestle
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- Premium quality granite
- Release the true aromatic flavours
- Heavy, well balanced
- Hand washing recommended
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Granite Mortar and Pestle is made from premium quality granite. Release the true aromatic flavours from fresh herbs and spices. The set is heavy, well balanced and suitable for rigorous pounding and grinding. The pestle design allows for easy maneuvering and effortless grinding. Granite allows for extracting the oils from herbs and spices without the oils being absorbed into the stone. 5.75-Inch or 12 cm dia.
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It's a heavy chunk of granite, the pestle is made from the same rock. They are unpolished (which I like), so the surface is a little porous - the outside of the mortar is pretty rough (good grip), the inside of the bowl is more finely ground. The pestle's surface is fine like the inside "bowl" of the mortar.
The name "ZEN cuiZine" (spelled like that) is engraved on the top edge, across from the "spout" , painted in black - it's pretty crude, the letters don't align with the edge, don't radiate perfectly from the focal point. It looks almost as if they were done as an afterthought, like maybe the supplier imports the piece, then carves their own name into it with a sand blaster and a hand-held letter shield. For me, the engraving is a non-issue, because of its excellent, heavy construction. And really, it's a fairly roughly-hewn piece to begin with.
I don't find the spout all that functional; it doesn't go deeply enough into the side to affect the flow of crystals pouring out. It might work better with liquified contents, though.
Overall, a heavy, stout, workhorse that isn't going to win any beauty contests, but will probably last 30 generations of cooks. Heavy enough to warrant using free shipping.
Other people have complained about the lettering on the rim of the mortar. While it's far from perfect, it doesn't have any effect on the operation. Likewise, the 'spout' is shallow, but doesn't impact the use.
I found the inner surface of the mortar bowel to be quite rough, and a few seconds of rubbing the pestle in the mortar produced a quantity of stone dust. Definitely not a recommended food additive. However, I used a #120 grit emery cloth and 10 minutes of sanding/polishing the interior of the bowl, and the problem was solved. Now the surface is smooth enough not to wear, and still rough enough to do a good job of grinding fine spices.
This is a solid product and a decent value for the money. With a little extra effort as noted above, this mortar & pestle is a fine addition to the well-equipped kitchen, and a good tool for the serious chef.
Most recent customer reviews
i dropped the stone pestle, and it snapped in half!
what a waste, it hurts to grind up anything now!
i'd like a full refund
The item came in exactly as described, and arrived in less than a week. I am very happy with this product.Published on Nov. 23 2012 by Naomi