How to Clean Mortar and Pestle
The kind of mortar and pestle you have will determine how you clean it. Use warm water and rice to clean stone mortar and pestles made of marble, granite, or lava stone. Warm water and a rough scrub brush are used to clean ceramic, glass, and metal (alloy, brass, iron) mortar and pestles. Wipe the bamboo and wooden mortar and pestles clean with a moist towel. When cleaning your mortar and pestle, avoid using soap.
Things You Should Know
- Rinse your mortar and pestle to remove any black marks, then crush white rice into your mortar until the ground rice remains white.
- Simply clean your mortar and pestle, scrub it with a scrub brush, and then rinse it completely again for glass, metal, and ceramic.
- If your mortar and pestle are wooden or bamboo, remove any food with a dry paper towel, then clean it off with a damp cloth, let it dry, and then mineral oil it.
Remove Dark Stains from Mortar and Pestles
1. Using water, rinse the mortar and pestle. Submerge your mortar and pestle in warm water. Remove food particles from the mortar and pestle using your hand.
Set them aside on a drying rack or towel to air dry after fully rinsing them.
2. Fill the mortar with two teaspoons (30 ml) of rice. Use white rice that hasn’t been cooked. Roughly pound the rice with your pestle until it becomes a dark color. Remove the colored rice and toss it out. Add two more teaspoons (30 ml) of rice. Rice should be ground until it is completely white.
- This method may need to be repeated one or two more times.
- Before grinding rice in your mortar and pestle, make sure it’s fully dry.
3. Rinse well with warm water. Rinse the mortar and pestle well with warm water until all debris is gone once the rice is still white. Then air dry the mortar and pestle on a drying rack.
Before putting your mortar and pestle away, make sure they are fully dry.
Cleaning Glass, Metal, and Ceramic
1. Rinse well with warm water. Submerge your mortar and pestle in warm water. Rinse them well until most of the food particles has been removed.
2. Scrub the pestle and mortar. Scrub using a brand-new (unused) scrub brush. Remove any food material from your mortar and pestle by scrubbing them. Scrub until you’ve cleared all of the food debris.
Keep this scrub brush apart from the dish-washing scrub brushes. It’s just for cleaning your mortar and pestle.
3. Rinse once more. Rinse your mortar and pestle under warm, running water one more after removing the food residue. Ensure that all debris is eliminated by carefully rinsing it. Set your mortar and pestle to dry on a drying rack.
Cleaning a Wooden or Bamboo Mortar and Pestle
1. Food debris should be removed. Wipe food debris from your mortar and pestle with a dry paper towel or brush. Wipe until most of the debris has been gone.
2. Clean the mortar and pestle. Using warm water, dampen a clean cloth. Clean your mortar and pestle with your moist towel until it wipes clean.
You may clean the cloth by rinsing it between wiping. Before wiping your mortar and pestle, be sure to ring out any extra water from the cloth.
3. Allow it to air dry. Once all of the debris has been removed, repeat the process. Allow your mortar and pestle to air dry on a drying rack. To guarantee an equal dry on both sides, flip it a couple of times.
Before keeping it, make sure it’s totally dry.
4. Mineral oil should be used. Use a mineral oil that has been approved for use in food. A tiny quantity of oil should be poured over a clean paper towel or cloth. Then, using the towel, wipe the oil from your mortar and pestle.
Mineral oil for food is odorless, tasteless, and non-perishable.