Kitchen Favorites: Mortar and Pestle

 Testing mortars and pestles revealed not only the best ones for various tasks but also my favorite. Learn more at
As I’ve taught spice workshops and ground spices into custom mixes at home, I’ve used a range of tools: coffee grinders, nutmeg grinders and graters, salt mills and pepper grinders, hand-cranked spice mills. But it wasn’t until earlier this year, when I tested seven mortar and pestle sets for The Spruce Eats, that I became enamored of this traditional grinding tool.

As I spent weeks using various mortars and pestles, I not only learned how to choose and use the best ones for various tasks but also found my favorite: the IKEA Adelsten Mortar and Pestle. In my latest piece for The Spruce Eats, I tell the tale of my prior poor choices in mortars and pestles that never made them my go-to grinding tool and why I’ve made room for IKEA’s set in my small kitchen.

Learn more about why I love this mortar and pestle set in this article.

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Testing mortars and pestles revealed not only the best ones for various tasks but also my favorite. Learn more at

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The IKEA Adelsten Mortar and Pestle set fits my kitchen and my grinding needs, but in many ways an even larger set is better if you have the shelf space and budget. You can read about some of my other top choices in this product roundup.

All of these sets make quick work of the pumpkin spice blend I just featured in my weekly column for the Flathead Beacon. Keep your eye on that column this month; I’ll be sharing recipes for each component of a completely scratch-made pumpkin pie that features this tasty spice mix. When I was testing mortar and pestle sets, these are a few of the other recipes I used:

You can find more recipes that use homemade spice blends and other ingredients that can be prepared in a mortar and pestle in the recipe index, and you can find more of my work off the blog here.

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