A New Secondhand Find, Now I have more than 3

Hi everyone! I hope your day is going good. This post is joining 2 parties. 2nd Time Around over at "A Picture is Worth a 1,000 Words". And Three or More Tuesday at The "Gypsy's Corner"
These are our mortar & pestle sets.

The first one we ever bought was this little handmade one. We got it at an artisan fair we went to in Virginia. I was crushing up some herbs one night to make some tomato bruschetta and I broke the pestle. It just snapped. Yes, I am a secret super hero with the strength of steel! LOL

This next one we bought years ago on the Navajo Nation. We have just used it as a decorative piece.

The next one is our workhorse one. It is made of marble and we use it all the time.

And this last one is one I just bought this past weekend at a secondhand store. It is made of one chunk of walnut. It is in really good shape. I just need to clean it real good and season it a bit. Which, for wood, is by crushing some salt in it and then finish it with crushing rice into it. It should not absorb flavors or scent by doing this every so often. Although we plan to just use it for non-wet things (example: dried herbs)

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  1. Wow what a great collection. I love the variety of textures of each mortar! So interesting!

    Miss Bloomers/Sonia

  2. That is an interesting collection Diann. Thanks for sharing.

  3. very nice addition to a great collection.

  4. Beautiful!! I love these..I have quite a few too! Wonderful shots..they are all so unique..super lovely!!

  5. I used to have a lot of them, had a pharmamcist as a client. Yours are so unique.

  6. Wow, what a neat thing to collect, Diann. That's fascinating about how you season a wood mortar and pestle. Had to laugh about your amazing super-powers. Remind me not to make you mad at me ;)
    We have 1 mortar & pestle set made out of lava from Mexico. I love it as a piece of art although I have used it to make pesto.

  7. What a great collection of mortars!

  8. I love your collection. They are actually useful too. I have the marble set and I have used it several times.

  9. Hey sweet lady...

    Wow...you really do have a collection of mortar & pestles going! Hehe! You know, I don't even own one! Sheeeshhh! Love your newest little treasure find...the pretty wooden one! Hmmm...I didn't even know that "seasoning" one of these was a requirement! Nice to know! Did you have to season the marble one? Just curious! Thanks for sharing your nice collection with us, my friend!!! Hope you're having a great day...

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  10. Thanks everyone for all your comments! I don't really think of this as a collection. LOL It are tools we use. Well, not the stone one. Since we grow herbs, and we love to cook with them, we use mortars all the time.

    Chari, nope, just the wood one needs to be seasoned because wood absorbs flavors and scents. Kind of like using your wood cutting board. Which we have a beautiful wood cutting board our nephew made for us as a gift.

  11. I can appreciate those, we have a few, my hubby is a pharmacist, so when I see a cool one I like to pick it up:)

  12. I love these! My Mom had several including one wooden one that was ONLY used for cardamom!
    It smelled heavenly.


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