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Love Guac? Here’s Why You Need a Molcajete

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!­

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    iain maciver
    February 22, 2019 at 11:43 am

    a cheese and salsa dip with spring onions

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    Natalie Burgess
    February 22, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    Garlic and herb xx

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    February 22, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    For me it has to be salsa i make it all the time!!

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    Lorna Ledger
    February 22, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    Just a simple hummus, but with sweet onions, yummy!

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    John Prendergast
    February 22, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    homemade mayonnaise

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    Margaret Gallagher
    February 23, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    Tomato salsa with a hint of chilli

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    charlotte isobelle
    February 24, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    i actually make my own guac which is lovely, nothing is better than homemade

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    Tracy Nixon
    February 25, 2019 at 5:08 am

    Another great giveaway thank you!

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    Rich Tyler
    February 26, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    We love making sour cream

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    Ruth Harwood
    February 28, 2019 at 10:23 am


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    Andrea Fletcher
    March 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    I like homemade mayonnaise.

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    Carolyn E
    March 4, 2019 at 8:16 am

    I make loads of dips. Tomato and mascarpone is a favourite wit( my nieces.

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    Carolyn E
    March 5, 2019 at 9:07 am

    My favourite is smoky red pepper hummus

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    Fiona jk42
    March 5, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    We like hummous, the classic chickpea and tahini version as well as other types made with nettroot and other vegetables.

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    Carolyn E
    March 8, 2019 at 8:10 am

    Beetroot and mascarpone

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    Lisa Pope
    March 10, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    I enjoy making hummus, there are so many flavour combinations you can do

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    Rachel Butterworth
    March 11, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    Red Chilli Hummus.

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    Cherry Lloyd
    March 12, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    I love to make the Greek dip Tzaziki at home

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    Carolyn E
    March 15, 2019 at 9:32 am

    I do like a minted pea purée as a dip

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    Elizabeth Smith
    March 15, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    just bought some chickpeas and tahini to try making hummus, so hopefully that will be a hit

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    Carolyn E
    March 19, 2019 at 7:59 am

    Roasted red pepper hummus

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    Carolyn E
    March 20, 2019 at 11:51 am

    Guacamole is a classic fave

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    Lisa Pope
    March 26, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Now that spring’s here I love making a sour cream & chive dip, using chives from our garden

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    Carolyn E
    March 27, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    New fave is smoky carrot with rose harrissa

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    Carolyn E
    March 28, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    Smokey carrot and paprika wit( rose harissa

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    April 3, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    Butter bean, lemon and garlic is another favourite of mine. I just love dips!

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    April 3, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    Guacamole with chilli flakes

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    Megan Kinsey
    April 7, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    Can’t beat homemade guacamole 😀

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    James Travis
    April 9, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Guacamole for me

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    April 10, 2019 at 6:49 am

    That would be guacamole

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    Carole Nott
    April 10, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Sour cream and chives

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    Ritchie Dee
    April 11, 2019 at 4:39 pm


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    Anthea Holloway
    April 12, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    Guacamole – easy to make and delicious too.

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    Rebecca Whatmore
    April 14, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    We like hot salsa!

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    Fiona jk42
    April 14, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    We like to make hummous, not just the classic chickpea hummous, but also pea hummous, beetroot hummous and hummous made with different types of pulses.

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    Adrian Bold
    April 14, 2019 at 5:18 pm


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    April 14, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    Creamy chive dip

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    Catherine Bullas
    April 14, 2019 at 6:23 pm


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    Darren Bourne
    April 14, 2019 at 9:38 pm


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