Mortar olive wood: the secret of the perfect pesto

At the joke that you can eat with with pesto you can eat is true.

This tasty sauce with its bright green color is popular all over the world. It is served with pasta, eggs, pizza, rolls, sandwiches and various meat and fish dishes. Pesto is often mixed with various sauces and other dressings. In Italy itself, pesto is prepared from a variety of ingredients. Therefore, the flavor characteristics of the sauce can vary greatly. But in any case, it is almost impossible to spoil the pesto!

At the same time, there are a number of secrets that make the sauce incredibly tasty and aromatic.

Some secrets we want to tell you in this article!

Wie macht man Pesto mit einem Mörser

How to make pesto?


250 g basil leaves

300 ml olive oil

2 tablespoons of toasted pine nuts

2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

2 cloves of garlic

a pinch of salt

Experienced cooks say that the secret of the perfect pesto lies in its preparation with a olive wood mortar and pestle. pestle and mortar.

Why is pesto made with a mortar better?

Because theword pesto comes from the Italian "pestare", which means to pound or smash.

However, despite the name, for a good pesto, the pestle must be rotated rather than pounded up and down.

Here's how to make pesto properly with a mortar and pestle:

  1. First, mix garlic and salt until you get a creamy paste. To get a good result, you have to turn the pestle from left to right.

  2. Then you add the pine nuts,

  3. Then the basil (little by little).
    Attention:But now the mortar should be turned slightly in the opposite direction, from right to left.

  4. The grated cheese.
    Note: the parmesan can be replaced by another hard cheese. If the cheese is less salty than Parmesan, you can add a little more salt.

  5. and finally the oil, drop by drop.
    There are also people who grind the cheese and then emulsify the oil by simply stirring it.

Pesto made in an olive wood mortar just tastes different and better.

If you want to make the perfect pesto, get a mortar and pestle from the Mediterranean. It's not the cheapest, but it will stay in your family for generations, maybe centuries.

At SOLTAKO you will find mortars of the best quality in different designs and dimensions.

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