for years i have been using a mortar and pestle for crushing fresh herbs to use in many recipes. the word pestare comes from the Italian language and means to pound or to crush. maybe you are familiar with pesto, which is a sauce made from crushed garlic and basil. herbs have been used for hundreds of years during the cooking process, and the aroma that is brought out from the crushing technique makes every dish even better.
fresh herbs are spectacular in homemade breads, dips, pancakes, spaghetti sauces and many main dishes. the crushing technique works well, but the smooth surface of the traditional tool used to break down the herbs takes some effort. i recently had a chance to try this newly designed muddler. it has a nylon tip that seems to require much less effort to break down the ingredients.
the tip is also designed with a bumpy surface, almost like teeth, to help release the oils of the herbs being crushed.
with the super bowl coming up this weekend, many people bring out their muddlers to help prepare their favorite cocktails. the ergonomic handle of this muddler is very efficient to use in tall glasses. everyone knows that the first step to a fabulous mojito is breaking down the fresh mint leaves in the bottom of the glasses. the nylon design of the tip protects glassware from being scratched during this process.
and, with mardi gras right around the corner, this newly designed muddler should be on everyone’s bar cart.
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