What can you make with a mortar and pestle?
Pesto is a classic choice, with many suggesting that a pestle and mortar grinds the basil, cheese, pine nuts, and olive oils into a more complex, flavourful product than when it is made in a food processor. This simple recipe is a fantastic accompaniment to bread, salad dressings and, of course, pasta.
With a mortar and pestle, you can eschew store-bought curry pastes and instead create your own at home. Don't be put off by what might seem like an extensive list of ingredients. Find a couple of simple recipes and get grinding for a truly smashing result – it's that easy.
Saffron can be an inordinately expensive ingredient, but there is really nothing like its subtle, flowering flavour. If you want to get the most for your money, a mortar and pestle is the single best tool, allowing you to grind it finely and create tantalising saffron-infused dishes.
Chunky style hummus is also fantastic when it's made in a mortar and pestle. Chick peas, olive oil, garlic and a dash of lemon juice is all that's needed to whip up this culinary favourite.
If your mortar and pestle is large enough, you can use it as a Mexican molcajete (a larger version of the pestle and mortar from Latin America) and quickly make yourself some creamy guacamole.
It's common to also use your new, albeit ancient, kitchen gadget to crush other common kitchen ingredients, such as coffee.