Porcelain Mortar

November 1, 2021

It is very likely that you have already observed this instrument before and it is that porcelain mortars are extremely useful utensils of standardized use in laboratories, especially chemistry laboratories. They are concave containers (like a cup) that come, in turn, with a kind of hand called a pylon. This two-part tool is used to crush items .

Mortars have a long history as they have been used since ancient times . It is one of the tools that has been in use for the longest time. This is due to its usefulness and the practicality of the instrument, which, despite technological advances, continues to be a highly demanded tool.

What is a Porcelain Mortar?

It is an instrument for crushing, grinding or fractionating elements, substances or samples, to later carry out mixtures, experiments or studies. They must be made with non-porous materials. In other words, materials that are not impregnated with the elements that disintegrate there.

Among the many materials from which mortars are made is porcelain; it has a great mechanical resistance which makes it ideal for spraying objects on it, without danger of breaking. This instrument is made up of:

  • Porcelain capsule

A generally white container with a concave shape, inside which the materials or elements that the technician or researcher wishes are crushed.

  • Mano

It is a mallet made of the same material as the capsule, with which the force and movements necessary to crush the substance or element to be ground are carried out.

The innocuousness of the mortar also makes it suitable to avoid contamination of the elements that are going to be crushed. However, an important point to note is that although porcelain as a material has a low level of porosity, it is still not the ideal material if ingredients for very strong drugs are to be used, keep this precautionary measure in mind.

The mortar can be made up of two elements, but both are made of the same material and it is not recommended, for example, to use a wooden mallet and a porcelain bowl, as the material could be compromised. Both pieces of the mortar must be in perfect condition because if one of them has a crack, some element can remain there and contaminate others.

What is a Porcelain Mortar for?

As I mentioned earlier, the mortar is used to grind ingredients . In laboratories it is extremely common to have to deal with solid elements that in their original state cannot be used for the necessary uses. Mortar appears then as the ideal tool that serves to divide them in such a way that they are easily dissolved or analyzed.

Uses of a Porcelain Mortar

Mortar is not only used in the laboratory, although it is true that, currently, you can find it more than anything there, especially in those pharmacists. The reality is that the long history of mortar traces it back to a host of different uses. Among them, the kitchen is in fact widely used internationally.

Since Native Americans, in ancient Japan, and even in the tribes of the African continent, they used different types of stone mortars to prepare more elaborate foods, such as sauces or masses. In fact, they are still used in the kitchen today, in Mexico for example it is common to use it to make the famous guacamole.

Mortar Types

Mortars are differentiated according to two notable characteristics, their size and their material . Regarding the size, they can come in presentations of 80 ml to 500 ml and each person uses the size they require. However, the most marked differences are found in culinary employment. There you can find mortars with specific uses.

Mortars used in laboratories, on the other hand, are usually made of the following materials:

  • Quartz
  • Glass
  • Copper
  • Diamonite

The ceramic ones are used for the kitchen as well as for the laboratories and the pharmaceutical use; It is one of the most used and most common to find and among them is the porcelain one. These are inexpensive to produce without compromising on quality so it is no surprise that they are the favorite choice of many.

When choosing a mortar, I recommend you think about its purpose. What are you going to use it for? That way you can choose the right one and avoid inconveniences, although in general the differences between them are not so marked.

Porcelain Mortar Characteristics

Mortars are always concave and, except in very specific cases, such as Japanese mortar, the pestle is always made of the same material as the bowl, this to avoid damage to any of the materials. Mortars used for laboratories have smooth surfaces to avoid porosity.

To distinguish porcelain from other ceramic mortars, the first thing to keep in mind is that it is a little more translucent than other ceramics of different composition. Likewise, its surface will seem almost waterproof ; This is due to the elements that compose it, feldspar, kaolin, quartz and clay.

The price of mortars varies depending on the size and material, but they are not usually especially expensive. Mortar is a simple utensil so its characteristics are defined in its form and use.

Importance of Porcelain Mortar

This instrument, which has accompanied man for thousands of years, has proven its importance countless times in various fields; even at one time it was essential in the medical and pharmaceutical field. Currently with the development of technology, there are automated tools for the grinding of ingredients.

Even so, many continue to opt for the mortar since, when being maneuvered by the person, the control over the result is total and this gives it greater degrees of precision . This is not to mention that, apart from grinding, some mixes are constantly made in it. In short, mortar is an instrument that will continue with us for much longer and as such it is not negligible.

Dr. Loony Davis5
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Born and raised in Brussels in an English family, I have always lived in a multicultural environment. After several work experiences in marketing and communication, I came to Smart Water Magazine, which I describe as the most exciting challenge of my career.
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