No doubt you know someone who always pays extra for guac, is always buying avocadoes at the supermarket (maybe bread, too, because #avocadotoast), and never stops talking about “healthy fats.” This person should not be making their guacamole in a bowl. It’s time they upgraded to the mighty molcajete: the Mexican version of a mortar, made out of volcanic rock. Some places will try to sell you “molcajetes” made of cement. Those are not real molcajetes. Volcanic rock makes volcanic guac!
A molcajete is a Mexican pestle and mortar carved out of heavy basalt rock. In pre-Hispanic cultures a molcajete was used along with its accompanying tejolote (pestle) for grinding various herbs and spices into pastes.
Try using a molcajete to prepare salsas, mole and guacamole – its hard-wearing, textured balsalt surface provides the perfect basin for preparing a variety of authentic Mexican dishes. When you first receive the molcajete it needs to be ‘broken in’ so that any loose fragments of rock don’t enter the food you are preparing. This is best done by grinding hard, white rice until the white rice flour no longer contains any visible grey flecks.
As with any other cut, untreated stone, this thing will mark if you get it anywhere near something greasy, so if you only want it as a decorative item, you may want to consider putting it in a location where it is unlikely to be touched by someone with greasy hands, or resign yourself to needing to wash it, often…
These molcajetes have a strong, three-legged design and make a stunning, bold utensil in any kitchen. It can also be used as a serving dish at the table for presenting authentic guacamole and chilli pastes.
You can buy this beautiful Molcajete here and if you fancy winning one for yourself, just enter via the rafflecopter below. Good luck!