Granite Mortar and Pestle : Hand-carved of solid granite (the material preferred by top chefs), the mortar and pestle give you ultimate control in grinding and blending spices and herbs. The stone's weight enhances stability and makes pounding easier. Matte finish provides friction for efficient grinding yet won't absorb flavors and odors. The mortar exterior and pestle grip are textured for a firm, comfortable hold. 2-cup mortar: 6"Dia. x 4"H. Pestle: 7"-8"L (varies due to handcraftsmanship). Hand wash. Imported.
This is the first mortar and pestle I have owned and I love it. It is larger than I expected, but all the better for grinding without spilling over. And in solid granite it is strong and sturdy and stays put as you work. I love working with fresh whole spices because they offer a stronger flavor. Today I crushed cardamon pods and whole cloves to make Indian chai. Whereas in the past it would have taken a lot of time and effort to crush these with a rolling pin and clean up afterwards, it took no time at all and only a little pressure and a few twists to get perfect results. And the clean up was simple. I leave this mortar and pestle on my kitchen counter where it is handy and looks handsome. I would definitely recommend this to others who like working with fresh whole seeds and grains.
Herb Keeper : Everyone loves the fresh, green herbs you add to dishes to accentuate delectable flavors. Now you can avoid brown, wilting herbs with this air- tight Herb Keeper. Simply add up to 3 bunches of fresh herbs to clear acrylic cylinder, then add water to lower reservoir. Perfect for keeping asparagus, too. Won't absorb fridge odors. Best to hand wash.
I grow my own herbs in the summer and purchase fresh organic herbs from my local co-op in the winter. Up to now i have stored what I did not immediately use in a vase or glass with a little water placed on my window sill or in the fridge. I got this herb keeper with hopes it would be a better solution. For some things it is. It works beautifully for parsely. Limp parsley from the store perked up and stayed fresh for days when in this container placed in the fridge. I had less luck with basil. The directions say to keep basil at room temperature, which I did. But the basil soon wilted. At first it was difficult to turn and remove the lower portion of the container. It felt like it would break, so i used the container more like a vase, but this made it difficult to change the water. After some days of use with parsley however, the lower portion became easier to remove. I like this product for parsley, but it may be too tall for small sprigs of rosemary, sage, thyme, etc. Do you have plans to carry a shorter version? If so I would purchase it.
Microplane Premium Zester/Grater : Patented razor-sharp teeth grate in both directions to finely grate hard cheese, whole nutmeg, ginger, chocolate or coconut in half the time. These Microplane Premium Graters expertly zest the rind of citrus into fine lacy wisps, leaving the bitter pith behind. Surgical stainless-steel blade and soft Santoprene handle for a safe, nonslip comfortable grip. Integral hanging loop. Dishwasher-safe. 18/8 blade is made in the USA. Microplane Premium grater/zester for ultra-fine shavings of citrus zest for beverages or recipes. Ideal to create fine lacy wisps of hard cheese such as Parmesan Reggiano or Romano. Microplane Premium medium-ribbon grater for grating hard cheese, apples, onions or nuts. Named for the shape of the dual-edge teeth, this grater creates thin strips grating in two directions. Produce decorative chocolate shavings onto desserts or beverages. Microplane Premium extra-coarse grater to create the chunkier slivers for Mexican or Italian dishes or salads. Also ideal for grating butter, soft cheese or potato for casserole toppings. Product Features Razor-sharp blades grate hard cheese, spices or garlic Blades are made of 440A Rockwell hardness stainless-steel for long-lasting sharpness and durability Nonclogging etched teeth zest and release ultra-fine shavings, leaving the bitter pith behind Integral hanging loop Ergonomic soft-grip handle for a comfortable grip Microplane's precise razor-like edges are formed with a revolutionary process called photo-etching, creating edges that grate finely on contact, without the uneven tugging and shredding of inferior graters
Up to now I have never found a grater that satisfied me like this one does. It is perfect for use as a zester on lemons and limes. It handles with ease (a good handle, and easy to manuever blade),quickly removes the zest while avoiding the bitter white undersection, and is easy to clean. I also like the protective edging along both sides of the blade (contains the zest nicely) and the rubber edged tip. Thank you Chef's for this tool. I will use this tool a lot and definitely recommend it to friends.