A real chef uses a mortar and pestle in the kitchen. A gourmet chef keeps a mortar and pestle on the counter to grind spices, smash nuts and seeds, make condiments and sauces, and of course, create the glorious pesto or salsa. When you’ve moved beyond pre-packaged spices, use this HealthSmart® Marble Mortar and Pestle during meal prep – and you’ll soon realize releasing the fresh flavors and oils of the spices you use in cooking makes a big difference in the taste of the food! The Stone Age kitchen tool that is just as relevant today in the cooking process, with a rough textured interior for efficient grinding. When visitors see a quality mortar and pestle in your kitchen, they know you’re a connoisseur that takes cooking seriously. When your mortar and pestle arrives, please take the time to season it properly. To season, place one-quarter cup of white rice in the mortar bowl and grind to powder using the pestle. Check the powder for any granite debris, and if you find any, repeat this seasoning process. Properly seasoning your mortar and pestle will remove manufacturing impurities. Once properly seasoned, clean your mortar and pestle by rinsing with hot water and cleaning with a brush. Do not use soap to clean, the marble will absorb the soapy residue and in turn transfer that to your food. Excellent gift idea for the newlyweds, a housewarming gift, or any serious cook on your gift list. Heavyweight construction of solid marble stone weighs approx. 5-1/2 pounds. Mortar measures 4-1/8" diameter x 4-1/8", with 5-1/2" pestle. Limited Lifetime Warranty.