Wooden mortar and pestle set: for grinding spices and herbs to powder
The Uulki wooden mortar and pestle set is an extremely useful kitchen tool! A mortar and pestle set can be found in an increasing number of kitchens of hobby chefs. And rightly so! With this set you can grind all sorts of spices and herbs into powder in an instant. You can then add it to your soup, marinade, stew, sauce, curry, or any other dish.
Also make guacamole, pesto, dressings, spreads etc. with Uulki’s wooden mortar and pestle set
With this wooden mortar and pestle set you can do a lot of other kitchen preparations apart from grinding spices and herbs. Think about preparing fresh guacamole, pesto, hummus, dressings and herbal dips, crushing garlic or crushing nuts to decorate your lovely cakes with. It was never this easy! With this mortar and pestle set in your kitchen a whole new world will open up for you! Maybe you wonder: why not just use a blender or electric mixer to prepare guacamole, pesto, dressing and other food preparations? Of course you can! But with a mortar and pestle you have much more control over the texture of your preparation. With an electric appliance one second can mean the difference between perfection and too smooth. This you can avoid by working manually. Als let’s don’t forget that the wooden mortar and pestle were used at least 6,000 years ago, especially for grinding herbs. In medicine too, a mortar and pestle were used already 1500 years ago! Despite the fact that it comes in so handy, you don’t find it in every kitchen yet. And still; a mortar and pestle are becoming trendy!
How do you use a wooden mortar and pestle?
Even though a mortar and pestle are very easy to use, it is important to inform yourself on the use of this kitchen tool. There are some rules that will guarantee great success and we will list them here for you! First of all, it’s important to know that you can only fill half of your wooden mortar to make sure you’ll get good results. It’s also important which movement you make with your pestle.You should not just pound up and down, but rather make rotary motions alongside the sides of the mortar. Like this, the aromas and flavours of spices will be released. Another tip is to add some coarse sea salt flakes to the content of your mortar. These coarse flakes will help you grind the ingredients even thinner. This can come in handy when preparing herbal dips or pesto. Now you know everything you need to know. Get started with the wooden Uulki mortar and pestle and remember: practice makes perfect!
The benefits of a wooden mortar and pestle
Why would you choose a wooden mortar and pestle set instead of a set made from natural stone, glass, porcelain or stainless steel?You may have noticed that we at Uulki choose resolutely for wood. But that’s not without a reason. Wood is sustainable, firm and naturally has antibacterial properties. Enough reasons to make lots of kitchen tools from wood, like so our wooden mortar and pestle. Besides the naturally present antibacterial properties, it is also a bonus that a wooden mortar and pestle don’t weigh as much as the ones made from natural stone or stainless steel. Yet they stay in place on your countertop thanks to its flat bottom. On top of that, wood is stronger than glass or porcelain. Because you need to use some force on your pestle, there’s always a risk that a glass or porcelain mortar can break while using it. So wood is certainly the right choice!
Protect your mortar and pestle against grease and fluids
It is unavoidable that your mortar and pestle will come into contact with fluids and grease. You add (olive) oil to preparations like dressings, dips and pesto, when crushing garlic and herbs juices are released and when making guacamole and hummus your mortar and pestle additionally have to deal with acids from, for example, lime juice and tomatoes. After a while the wood can dehydrate because of this and eventually crack. That’s why it is important to take good care of your wooden mortar and pestle. By treating it regularly with Uulki natural oil for wooden kitchenware and cutting boards from wood or bamboo. The wood oil will soak into the wood pores and offers deepest protection. In this way, the wood has no chance to become dehydrated. You could top off the treatment with Uulki natural wood wax “Oil & Wax 2-in-1” for kitchenware and chopping boards. The was is also foodsafe and plant-based / vegan and leaves a water resistant layer on top of the wooden surfaces, which makes it impossible for juices, acids and grease to penetrate the wood. Repeat this treatment when you notice that the water resistant layer is wearing off because of rinsing it with warm water. Like this you will be able to enjoy these wooden kitchen tools for years! Check out all our tips and tricks on wooden kitchenware care and maintenance.