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Samp Mortar

A Samp Mortar is a tool for grinding dried corn (maize.)

It was made from the stump of a tree (ideally, white oak or pine) burned hollow, scraped clean and polished. You aimed to make your hollow an inverted conical shape -- the fire could be guided by holes drilled in the stump.

Ideally, the tree stump would have a healthy sapling tree nearby, or a tree branch.

If so, you'd tie a block of white oak to the sapling or branch. Otherwise, you'd make a sweep coming off a post and hang the pounder off that.

You worked the device like a piston, with whatever you'd hung the pounder on acting as a spring to lift it back up for you to ease the work. Still, it could take half a day to grind up half a bushel of corn into cornmeal.

They were used in Canada and in America. Some small towns would make a public one for everyone in the public square.

See also:

Mortar and Pestle

Metate y Metlapil; Molcajete y Tejolete; Mortar and Pestle; Samp Mortar; Suribachi; Thai Mortar and Pestle; Usu

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Also called:

Corn Cracker; Hominy Block; Plumping Mill; Samp Mill


Oulton, Randal. "Samp Mortar." CooksInfo.com. Published 01 June 2005; revised 21 January 2010. Web. Accessed 03/24/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/samp-mortar>.

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