Grind Herbs and Spices with a “Manual Food Processor”

IMUSA Mortar Pestle

Product Reviewed:
IMUSA Bamboo Mortar and Pestle

After a recent move in to a new place with a full kitchen, I’ve been happily experimenting with new recipes, new ingredients and new kitchen gadgets.. I’d never used a mortar and pestle before: instead of chopping up foods on a cutting board, a mortar and pestle can do just that much more efficiently!

Traditionally, used to grind up whole spices and herbs such as fennel seeds, black pepper, cinnamon sticks and cardamom, I think of a mortar and pestle almost like a manual food processor. You can grind anything that will fit in the bottom of the mortar. With minimal friction, you can bring out the essence and aroma of the food slowly, not in the lightning-like speed of a food processor or electric grinder. Mortar and pestles can come in many types of material including stone and wood. This IMUSA model is made of bamboo (an eco-friendly grass alternative to wood), with silicone on the handle and base added to make it even easier to grip and use.

Using the mortar and pestle for cooking is a great way to incorporate natural taste and aroma of the foods and spices you grind up. Instead of using store-bought ground herbs and spices, why not get a fresh and delicious taste by grinding these ingredients yourself!

IMUSA’s bamboo mortar and pestle is easy to use, simple to clean and an essential tool for every kitchen. It’s also a cost effective way to incorporate more variety, taste and flavor into your recipes.

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Kelly Sloan is a dietetics student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Kelly is a nutrition columnist for her school newspaper, Ka Leo O Hawaii, and her hometown newspaper.