Help! I need a mortar and pestle

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    boomchakabowwow

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    I don’t even know where to start.

    Cast iron, stone, ceramic? I’ve owned some sucky ones that where better at holding down papers in the wind. I want to revisit crushing spices and stuff.

    Thanks. Any suggestions?
     
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    Imo you need 2...a small one for spices and a large one for making guac, etc. They should be heavy, deep enough and not too steep.
     
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    Yup
     
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    Double yup (see, who needs a "Like" button) :)

    I have a small white porcelain one for grinding small stuff like saffron threads, and a larger rough white porcelain one for large batches of homemade curry spices, thai spices, etc. Don't know the brands, we've had them a long time.

    I've wanted to replace the larger one with a granite version for while. Not that the current one isn't doing the job, I've just always heard that granite is ideal. I haven't seen one I'd want yet, or that's in stock. Cole & Mason makes some nice-looking ones, but the larger size is hard to find, and there is some user feedback about the pestle breaking, because it's shaped with a narrow neck.
     
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    I just use an Ikea one, cheap and does the job just fine and is "double sided" check it out easier then to explain :D, shallow side for spices deep side for everything else.
     
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    I use one of the larger ones (but not the largest one) from Import Thai Food. It's great, and deserves the positive press it's gotten. A shame they're sold out of all but the smallest right now.
     
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    Same here. I went to ikea the first time in years and this was a score for me. Mine works great for mojito mint! I think it was 16$
     

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