A molcajete is a traditional Mexican kitchen tool that is used for grinding spices, herbs, and other food ingredients. It is an essential kitchen accessory for many Mexican households, as well as those who love to experiment with Mexican cuisine. If you want a truly authentic volcanic rock molcajete then expect to show it some extra love and attention just like you would any other unique kitchen tool! Volcanic rock is tough and rough, but what a better material to grind up and extract all the juicy flavors from your favorite vegetables and spices. When you first use your brand new molcajete small grains of rock can loosen from the surface and get into your mixture, to avoid this issue it is important to first, cure your molcajete. In this guide you will find instructions on the process of how to cure your molcajete. So grab your pestle and lets get to curing!
Step 1: The first step in curing your Molcajete is to clean it thoroughly. Rinse the molcajete with water (or let it soak in water overnight), then clean with a wire brush, or toothbrush, to get rid of surface debris and dust.
Step 2: Place enough rice to make an even layer across the bottom of the molcajete.
Step 3: Pour in about a tablespoon of water, then use the pestle to work the rice up and around the entire inner surface of the molcajete until the rice has formed a grey paste.
Step 4: Rinse out the paste, and repeat the rice grinding until the resulting paste in no longer grey.
Step 5: You can then repeat with garlic, onion, cumin seeds, rock salt, or cilantro to add a seasoned flavor before your first use.
If you are wanting an alternative to using rice you can follow these same steps but replace the rice with garlic! This will create an even more flavorful base. A well-cured molcajete is a must-have kitchen tool for any Mexican food lover. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can keep your molcajete in top condition and enjoy using it for years to come. So, why wait? Order our authentic, hand-made molcajete here: Molcajete