June 24, 2010
In preparation for another experiment I needed some mustard seeds ground. The lack of proper mortars found from the Viking Age did however give me some problems and an opportunity to test out another hypothesis of mine. The use of soapstone vessels as mortars for grinding similar to the ancient Roman mortaria. For this cooking experience I used a simple stone, a soapstone vessel and some mustard seeds. The mustard seeds were poured in to the bowl and I commenced to crush/grind the seeds with a circular motion. It went quite well and it was nt long before I had managed to grind all of the seeds.
A prolonged use of this method may cause some wear on the soapstone though nothing was visible after this limited attempt. Though some further experiments and comparisons with original material is needed, I would say that it would be a possible way of getting seeds or vegetables ground up