This authentic 8.5" diameter molcajete is the traditional Mexican version of the mortar, with a rounded shape set on three short legs and carved of natural volcanic stone. The Molcajete is used with the included tejolote, or pestle, which is carved from the same material. Together they are a must-have tool for rustic salsas, guacamole and mole.
History and Usage
Evidence of the molcajete goes back thousands of years and likely evolved from the metate, a primitive grinding slab. A ceramic version was used by pre-Hispanic Meso-american cultures. In Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs, molcajete and tejolote literally translate as "sauce bowl" and "stone doll".
Molcajetes are used to crush and grind spices and herbs as well as blend salsas and pastes. The rough, porous volcanic stone offers a superb grinding surface that renews itself as the pores are ground down.
They also make attractive and practical serving vessels, for the volcanic stone helps to insulate hot or cold foods.
Like other heirloom cooking tools such as woks or cast iron pans, molcajetes benefit from an initial cure and seasoning before entering a lifetime of service. Instructions for cleaning and curing plus 2 recipes are included.
**The molcajete is very porous and may even be chipped on the edges, this is normal! Once you follow the directions for curing and cleaning it will last you a lifetime!
**Tip:: Put some felt pads on the feet so you can slide it around on your counter without scratching it...