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#1 Hypnic Jerk

Posted 15 December 2019 - 02:17 PM

Use a ba mix/stick blender instead of a mortar and pestil when making up spice mix pastes?

KK theme this year is hand-made.  I went for home made thai curry pastes from the cooking course we did on holidays last year.  Had to upscale by 10 (which sadly has only given me two small jars).

I was having trouble chopping up the dried chilli so I put it in a spaghetti container with the ba mix.  This worked really well so I decided to add in the rest of the ingredients that I'd worked on for 20 mins in the mortar/pestil.  

I have other pastes to make tomorrow, so I'm just wondering can I ba mix the lost instead?

#2 Riotproof

Posted 15 December 2019 - 02:26 PM

You can but I’d want to blitz them in a tall narrow container.

#3 Hibiscus123

Posted 15 December 2019 - 02:36 PM

The only reason I can think of is that a mixer might not release the fragrance the same way as bashing the spices.

Anyway if it’s killing your back-arm-shoulders, the best way to do it is to put the mortar and pestle on the floor between your legs and couch over it. Like using a hole in the floor toilet.

Then u can use the force of both hands to bash the paste.

#4 Inkogneatoh

Posted 15 December 2019 - 04:03 PM

I agree, while it theoretically I can see it working, the results may not be the same. One is a blunt force the other is a sharp force. So the way the ingredients are broken down and the oils and juices released would differ.

Do you have the time, ingredients and inclination to blitz a batch and do a test run? Or can you layer the ingredients in the jar with instructions for the receiver to put it through the mortar and pestle first?

#5 laridae

Posted 15 December 2019 - 05:01 PM

It probably won't be exactly the same but it'll be fairly close.

#6 Hypnic Jerk

Posted 15 December 2019 - 05:13 PM

I've done one batch already.  It took me ages.  The chilli was blitzed, then M&P'd with the other ingredients.  Then I blitzed the whole lot in the mortar.  Surprisingly to me, it didn't go everywhere.  I've added too much chilli for me to test it.

#7 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 15 December 2019 - 05:38 PM

I’d say it depends on the recipe. Find a blender recipe. Then go for it.

#8 Dianalynch

Posted 15 December 2019 - 06:03 PM

Buy a jar of paste and spoon it into cute little jars with handwritten labels...

Seriously, blending is fine. It does change the flavour a bit, as it’s less chunky, but it still tastes amazing compared with the bought product

#9 Sweetpea11

Posted 15 December 2019 - 06:57 PM

Could you blitz the lot first, then in batches give it a bash about in a mortar to release the oils/fragrance?? It would have done most of the hard work for you.
No idea if this would actually give a good result!

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