Equipment

 

Bench Scrapers

Bench scrapers are straight-sided pieces of metal or plastic.  As you probably guessed, they are used to scrape flour or dough off a working surface, but they are also handy for cutting dough when you have to divide a dough ball or piece of dough into smaller pieces.  I have 2: an older, wooden-handled one that I still use and a larger, newer all-metal one.

Mortar & Pestle

Mortars and pestles are a bowl/club combination used to crush, mash, grind or pound various types of food.  They can be made of lots of different materials and in a variety of shapes. Although there are mortars and pestles made of wood, they tend to be made of heavier materials, such as brass, stone, granite, ceramic materials and marble.  I have three brass sets and one made from volcanic stone.  I use them for mashing avocados and other ingredients for guacamole. I also use them to grind spices that originally come in seeds, like cumin and fennel.  

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If you don't have a mortar & pestle, you can use a coffee bean grinder to grind spices.

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