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How to cure a molcajete so that you can use it for the first time

29 mayo, 2021

A molcajete cannot be missing in every Mexican cuisine. This utensil of pre-Hispanic origin is ideal for making sauces and guacamole. But wait! Before using it, we tell you how cure a molcajete for you to use for the first time.

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Why cure it before use?

Traditional molcajetes are made of volcanic stone, so when grinding with the tejolote (the stone) you can release material from which it is made. To keep it clean, we give you this step by step:

Some curiosities about the molcajete

  • The word molcajete comes from the Nahuatl molli, “stew” and from caxitl, “bowl”. On the other hand, tejolote comes from texolotl, “stone stump”.
  • It arose in Mesoamerica between 7,000 and 5,000 BC during the Upper Cenolithic. It was invented by the need to eat various types of seeds and by the domestication of corn.
  • The molcajete material, the volcanic stone, gives the preparations a very special flavor, due to the minerals it contains.
  • Many of the molcajetes that exist in Mexico come from Tlajomulco, Jalisco. The material is extracted from the mines of the place.
  • The design of the molcajete has not changed in thousands of years, so you are seeing an original and transcendental design in your kitchen.

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