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  • How To Use Your Himalayan Salt Stone Mortar and Pestle
  • Jenn Dunn

How To Use Your Himalayan Salt Stone Mortar and Pestle

The Himalayan salt stone mortar and pestle is a fantastic tool that can be used to infuse flavours with a perfect hint of natural salt.  Use this salt stone mortar and pestle to make dips like guacamole, pounding garlic, grinding nuts, seeds, or herbs and spices for seasoning rubs.   

Here’s how:

DRY HERBS AND SPICES

Grinding your own herbs and spices releases their fresh flavours with a noticeable difference from spices that you can get pre-packaged.  Try making a seasoning rub for grilling steaks:

  1. Place the raw ingredients into the centre of the mortar:  whole black peppercorn, dill seeds, cayenne pepper flakes, granulated garlic, coriander, whole mustard seeds, and a touch of light brown sugar.  
  2. Fill the mortar no more than ⅓ full.  If you need more, make them in batches.  
  3. Use one hand to hold the mortar in place and partially cover the top with your hand.   
  4. To start, use the pestle and pound the ingredients as if you’re mashing them together. This really wakes up the flavours.
  5. Then begin grinding by rubbing the pestle in a circular motion around the mortar, really pushing the spices against the Himalayan salt stone mortar to blend and season all of the spices.  Keep going until all of the whole peppercorns are completely crushed.  
  6. Remove the spices from the mortar and run them onto a fresh cut of steak.

No added table salt is needed because the Himalayan salt stone mortar had infused it’s delicate salty flavour into all of the fresh spices.  This will taste fantastic!

GUACAMOLE

The Himalayan salt stone mortar is also wonderful for creating delicious dips like guacamole.  Who doesn’t love guacamole?  Try making guacamole in the Himalayan salt stone mortar to really turn up the flavours and ingredients. Here’s how:

  1. Start with adding granulated garlic and onions with a squeeze of lime into the centre of the mortar.
  2. Pound the ingredients to really press out the flavours.  This will already begin to smell delicious.
  3. Infuse the flavours by grinding the pestle in a circular motion, pressing the ingredients against the walls of the mortar to add a hint of salt.
  4. Add sliced avocado and continue to grind all of the ingredients together until the avocado becomes a paste and the ingredients are blended well.

Dish out and enjoy!

NUTS & SEEDS

Almonds are a great alternative to flour for those who prefer a grain-free diet.  With the mortar and pestle you can crush almonds to just the right consistency to make almond meal, a healthy substitute to breadcrumbs used for batter.  Try making a delicious and grain-free dish like almond-battered chicken using this method to create almond meal:

  1. Place whole or crushed almonds into the centre of the Himalayan salt stone mortar.
  2. Holding the mortar in place with one hand and partially covering the top to keep the almonds from flying out of the mortar, begin by pounding the almonds into smaller pieces.
  3. Continue tapping the pestle over the almonds until all of the pieces resemble the consistency of breadcrumbs.
  4. Now to infuse a delicate taste of salt for seasoning, grind the pestle around the mortar in a circular motion, rubbing the almond meal against the walls of the mortar.
  5. Throw in a dash of paprika, granulated garlic, cumin, cayenne, and black pepper. Continue to grind all of the ingredients together to completely wake up the flavours.

Use this spiced up almond meal to batter your chicken, cook, and enjoy!

For more information, watch this helpful video. You can also find the perfect Himalayan salt stone mortar and pestle to make all these delicious recipes at My Gourmet Cooking.
  • Jenn Dunn