How to Season a Granite Mortar and Pestle + Guacamole

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For years, I have skimmed food magazines and coveted pictures with beautifully seasoned granite mortar and pestles. I just love how rustic they look and how you can see a story in them through their seasoning and wear. Stone grinding has been around for thousands of years making the granite mortar and pestle one of the first-kitchen tools. I found this beautiful pestle at JCPenney which now carries a wide variety of IMUSA kitchenwares. IMUSA makes every tool you could possibly need for a Latin kitchen, and you can now find all these items at your JCPenney. And, thanks to JCPenney and IMUSA I got it at an amazing price! A mortar and pestle of this size can cost between $50 to $80, but I got mine for $24! Thanks JCPenney! But, before you pull this bad boy out let me show you how to season a granite mortar and pestle.

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First give your new mortar and pestle a hard scrub with warm water – NO SOAP. Use a mini brush or the scrub side of a new kitchen sponge.

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Allow the pestle to dry completely. Now, place an entire bulb of garlic cloves sprinkled with salt in the mortar. Mash the garlic to a paste. Spread the garlic paste all inside the mortar and let sit for 24 hours.

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The following day, scrape out the garlic paste and rinse the mortar and pestle with warm water. Add a handful of wet rice into the mortar. Mash the rice to a paste. The rice paste should be white if it’s gray or ash color scrape out the paste and repeat. If it’s white, move on to the next step.

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Place two tablespoons of rock salt into the mortar. Grind the salt into a fine powder.  Now your mortar and pestle is ready to use. As you use it, the stone will become more seasoned.

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When I stumbled upon this granite mortar and pestle, I squealed with excitement! Let’s be honest, I squealed with excitement over their entire IMUSA line. JCPenney has everything you could possibly need for your home! From kitchen spatulas to dining room tables and now access to your favorite celebrity home designers. JCPenney has been hosting a four week Designer Days program. Every Wednesday you can submit your home design questions on JCPenney’s Facebook page and have a celebrity designer respond to you LIVE from inside a JCPenney!  

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There is nothing more eye roll worthy then freshly made guacamole. First, mash garlic with a sprinkle of salt to a paste. Add avocado and mash until creamy.

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 Mix in remaining ingredients, season with salt to taste and grab a bowl of tortilla chips.

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 Guacamole and tortillas chips! The ultimate satisfying snack!

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 Now that I finally have my own granite mortar and pestle my life is complete. I can smash and pulverize to my heart’s content! For a chance to win a $100 JCPenney Gift Card tell me what’s that one item for your kitchen or house you have always wanted? And, if you find that piece at JCPenney (which you probably will) don’t forget to grab this coupon for 20% off home goods.

Classic Guacamole
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 whole avocados
  • ¼ cup small diced tomatoes
  • ¼ cup small diced red onion
  • juice of ½ a lemon
  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves, loosely packed
  • salt to taste
  1. If using a granite mortar and pestle, place garlic cloves in mortar, sprinkle with salt and mash with pestle until paste.
  2. Halve the avocados and remove the pit. Using a spoon, spoon avocado flesh into the mortar. Using pestle mash avocado until creamy. Stir in remaining ingredients and serve.
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  1. Laura J says

    One item that I have always wanted for my home, is a stand mixer! I just have the hand held one, and think that it would be so much easier to use!

  2. Nicole Dz says

    I have always wanted a really ice espresso maker for my home, like the real nice ones they have at the coffee shops.

  3. Susan Smith says

    I have been wanting a KitchenAid Stand Mixer. This would be great to make bread, cookies and cakes.

  4. Sarah Hawkins-Pinchers says

    I’ve been wanting a stand mixer for a long time but haven’t gotten around to getting one yet! This would be the perfect excuse!

  5. Mary W says

    Your step by step tutorial is excellent. I like the beautiful photos too. Very inspiring. Makes me want to run out and season some granite right now!

  6. says

    What a steal! I’ve always wanted a mortar and pestle bu I’ve never wanted to shell out the cash. I’m totally heading to Penny’s for one. And now I know they need to be seasoned, so maybe I won’t ruin it either. :)

  7. says

    I LOVE IMUSA! I have 2 IMUSA calderos which I inherited from my mom. Lord knows how long those have been in the family. I’ve seen them since childhood. I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, a granite mortar and pestle. I’ve coveted one for years. I think I’m going to head over to JCPenney for it! Thanks for the instructions and I Love the guacamole!

  8. Christi Pike says

    I love the mortar & pestle! I have always thought it would be great to have, but didn’t know the seasoning process…thank you.

  9. Holly H. says

    Thank you for the tips! Love the giveaway, but now I know what to do with my mortar and pestle before I use it!

  10. Ruth says

    I loved your recipe for Guacamole from scratch. I have my own mortar and pestle for years. my husband is Mexican. what I just need and want is an ice cream maker. but that will come in a future. Thanks for the nice recipes!

  11. Katy Stuhldreher says

    Wow that’s so cool to know that’s for the info on how to season the Motar and Pestle!

  12. Ginger F says

    I’ve always wanted a nice mandolin, but I go back and forth about whether it’s worth the space it will take up (I think it is).