Molcajete de Piedra Negra / Black Lava Stone Mortar & Pestle Molcajete - 8" D x 6" H

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Molcajete de Piedra Negra / Black Stone Mortar & Pestle Molcajete 8" diameter x 6" high.

The Molcajete is an original, essential, practical kitchen utensil that was first used 3500 years ago during the pre-Hispanic era to make salsas, and very little has changed since then. The Black Molcajete is a volcanic stone carved mortar in a concave shape, like a bowl with three legs, in which chiles, spices and herbs are grinded to make salsas as well as guacamole. The word Molcajete derives from the Nahuatl Molli (Sauce) and Caxitl ((Cajete) Bowl) and it can be either of porous stone (best) or glazed earthenware. The pear shaped, porous stone that comes with the Molcajete, the pestle that is used to grind the food is called texolotl or Tejolote from the Nahuatl Tetl (Stone) y xocotl (grind or pulverize); also known as temolote o telmalchin.

The Molcajete or mortar is still used in food processing today in the states of central and southern Mexico. Spices can be crushed in molcajete like no other and most of the time molcajetes are used in making a salsa due to the fact that a special texture and flavor are obtained when made in them. Salsas or Guacamole can be served or presented on the table after being elaborated in the same mortar, giving your table a rustic look. Usually recipes are not stewed or cooked in the molcajete, it does stay hot for a long time, so don't be surprised if you find your food bubbling hot a half hour after serving. Molcajetes make excellent decorations in your kitchen giving it an authentic Mexican look and they also make an excellent present for those salsa lovers in your list.

How to cure a Molcajete:

To cure a Molcajete all you need is to do is grind garlic with salt and water until it no longer gives off sand or dirt. Other way to get your black molcajete broken in, because small grains of stone can be loosed from the surface when first used, is to grind rice in the molcajete, a handful at a time. When the crushed rice has no visible black grains of stone in it, the molcajete is ready to use. Don't worry if some rice flour remains ground in to the surface of the molcajete, it will cause no problem.Each piece is hand crafted by an artisan. Your molcajete may have minor variations to the one shown on the picture.

Molcajete de Piedra Negra con Tejolote incluido - 20 cm diametro x 15 cm altoEl Molcajete es un utensilio de cocina original, indispensable y muy practico que fue usado por primera vez en la era pre-hispanica hace 3500 anos, para hacer salsas y moler hierbas y especias. El Molcajete de Piedra Negra es un mortero de piedra volcanica con tres patas, tallada en forma de tazon, que sirve para moler chiles, especias y hierbas para hacer salsas y guacamole. La palabra Molcajete viene del Nahuatl Molli (Salsa) y Caxitl (Cajete) y puede ser de piedra porosa (la major) o de barro vidriado. La mano del molcajete, tambien de piedra porosa en forma de pera que acompana al molcajete, se llama tejolote o texolotl del Nahuatl Tetl (piedra) y xocotl (machacar o pulverizar). El Tejolote tambien es conocido como temolote o telmalchin.

El Molcajate or mortero se sigue usando en la elaboracion de alimentos hasta el dia de hoy en los estados del centro y sur de Mexico. Los alimentos se pueden machacar en un molcajete como de ninguna otra manera. Muchas de las veces, el Molcajete es utilizado en la realizacion de una salsa por la textura muy especial y el sabor que estas adquieren al ser elaboradas en un molcajete. Las salsas y guacamole pueden ser servidas en la mesa en el mismo molcajete donde fueron preparados, ya que este le da a la mesa un toque rustico. Aunque la comida no hierve o cocina en un molcajte, cuando este se calienta se mantiene caliente por mucho tiempo, asi que no te sorprendas si encuentras tu comida caliente aun despues de media hora de haberla servido.

Tips para curar el Molcajete

Para curar un molcajete lo unico que necesitas es moler ajo con sal y agua hasta que este deje de desprender tierra o arena. Otra forma de curar su molcajete, ya que pequenos granos de piedra pueden ser liberados de la superficie cuando se utiliza por primera vez, es machacar o moler arroz en el molcajete hasta que el molcajete no desprenda mas color Negro. No se preocupe si queda algo de arroz molido en la superficie del molcajete, no causara problemas.

Product Reviews
Molcajete de Piedra Negra / Black Lava Stone Mortar & Pestle Molcajete - 8" D x 6" H
$44.95
5 Stars based on 24 Review(s)
DANIEL
Long Beach, California
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Black volcanic rock molcajete
March 9, 2012

This is a very good quality molcajete in which you can make superb guacamoles and salsas. Mine is about 8 inches across and holds a little over 3 cups. The tejolote is a bit more than 4 1/2 inches long. I have had it for about 3 months now, and use it often. The black stone it is made from has just the right amount of porosity (holes) for effective grinding (I have used some of the smoother ones and they actually take more effort and time to grind the ingredients because there is not enough "tooth" in the surface to do the job). In this one I can make up a good guacamole fast! I seasoned mine by grinding white rice in it until it no longer shed the tiny black particles. it really continues to get better the more you use it. I clean it with hot water and a brush only. I highly recommend this molcajete. Thank you MexGrocer!
Pros:
Great quality black volcanic rock and craftsmanship. The "bowl" shape is just right especially where it curves upward to meet the lip or rim. The tejolote (pestle) is the perfect shape and size.
Cons:
No dislikes.

Mary
Steamboat Springs, Colorado / Oaxaca de Jurez, Oa
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Exceptional Quality
October 7, 2014

Exactly like those I've used in Oaxaca. The bowl area is deep enough to make a decent amount of salsa or gualcamole. Be prepared to take some time to season the vessel and tejalote; best done outside as the rice tends to jump a bit at first. Also, place a sturdy cutting board or other surface underneath as the legs will scar a counter or table. Enjoy!!!!
Pros:
Good size and authentic material and construction.
Cons:
The feet can easily scratch or scar a table or counter or other unprotected surface.

joela
21502
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

authentic
July 28, 2014

everything i expected and looks great in the kitchen! can't wait to use it!!!
Pros:
looks! weight!
Cons:
none

Moldaleen Tipton
Canon City, Colorado
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Very satisfied with my Molcajete de Piedra Negra.
June 3, 2014

I will do business with this business again.
Pros:
great business
Cons:
NO CONS

Tita
Denville, NJ
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Love this Molcajete
May 20, 2014

I've had a Molcajete that I bought in Mexico almost 30 years ago. I bought one from this sight 2 years ago for my son when he moved away from home. Was worried about the quality, but it is great & he loves it. Recently bought another for a niece's wedding shower & now plan to buy another for another shower.

TBallard
Brooksville, florida
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Awesome
March 6, 2014

It's what I expected and very happy with the size .

Sheri
Toledo, ohio
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Molcajete
March 18, 2013

I don't know how I lived without my molcajetes! I use one for hot dishes, and the other to make guacamole , or vegies for fajitas. My molcajete keeps my food hot for an hour and a half! Great for buffets! Very easy to cure, and not gritty at all! Now my molcajetes have a wonderful flavor inside the bowl.
Pros:
The convenience of keeping food hot. And looks great for presentation.
Cons:
Nada

Arthur
Meeker, Colorado
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Excellent
January 2, 2013

I've been using my molcajete two or three times a day for a couple of weeks now and just love it. After breaking it in with rice and salt and washing thoroughly with plain water, I have not seen even one particle of grit. Not one!
Pros:
Functionality Quality

vic
Phoenix, AZ
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Authentic Molcajete
September 26, 2012

Love this molcajete; however, it took a lot of grinding with rice in order to get this molcajete seasoned. I wish mexgrocer could offer molcajetes already seasoned and ready to be used.
Pros:
It's the real deal and the size is perfect.

Kim
Milwaukee, wi
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Love my molcajete!
August 15, 2012

Purchased two of these after reading on a website that mexgrocer and amazon sell authentic molcajetes. The amazon purchase is nice, lighter in color and looks different. I don't know authentic from otherwise, but between the two I prefer the molcajete I received from mexgrocer. It's sleeker looking, darker in color and has a rustic yet contemporary look to it. Smaller than I'd hoped but it will suffice. Still in the process of seasoning with rice cumin and garlic. House smells great. Can't wait to make my first salsa. Will definitely keep on display on my counter. Happy with my purchase. Highly recommend mexgrocer Watch the you tube video on the history of these hand made molcajetes and you'll come to appreciate it all the more.
Pros:
Color Shape Design Fits contemporary decor
Cons:
Wish it was bigger

Elke
Cottonwood, Ca
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Awesome
June 7, 2012

Rrcieved this as described. Seasoning required rice and salt once. Have used for salsa and guacamole switch absolutely no grit. This is the real deal...don't skimp! I had a molcajete that was given to me as a gift ad never could get rid if grit when trying to season. Spend the extra twenty dollars and but this...you won't regret it!

Jonnie
The Range, Northern Minnesota
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

My Molcajete
April 2, 2012

I am really impressed with this item. I followed cleaning instructions, ground salt, then rice (which gives new respect for persons who did or do this every day) and washed it than last night made salsa. It was so darn wonderful we didn't mind the little bit of grit that meant I should grind rice a few more times. The item is so beautiful in its simplicity and very heavy. It sits on a open kitchen shelf in place of pride when I can enjoy it between uses. It was delivered rapidly and packed great. I put silicone on the bottom of the feet so they don't scratch my counter since it is lava stone & rough
Pros:
The design The heaviness The ease of use
Cons:
Grinding, grinding, grinding LOL

Greg
California
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Love it but...
February 20, 2012

The functionality of the product is perfect and I love using it. The only problem I have with the one I received is it has a nice size cosmetic defect. A part of the stone is brown with a good size pit. It looks kind of ugly on that side.
Pros:
Functionality Taste
Cons:
Cosmetic Defect

Mike
San Diego, California
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Genuine Article
December 12, 2011

This is the real one! I live along the Cali border w/Mex and this is better than the one's sold in TJ. Bowl inside diameter is 6 inches (15cm) Bowl inside depth at center is 2 inches (5cm) Overall size diameter is 8 inches (20cm) Overall height is 4 inches (10cm) The pestle (tejolote) is 4.5 inches long (11.5cm) and 2.25 inches (5.75cm) at the grind base. Pure volcanic material. Does NOT come with seasoning instructions. Be sure you find out the proper seasoning method. Many resources online. I like the simple rice, cumin and garlic method though it does take more time. [Suggestion: Get Playtex glove and cut off finger/thumb. Use on your fingers to grind while doing the seasoning. Saves your skin! Never, ever, wash with any kind of soap. Only use warm water, maybe a vegetable brush, and let thoroughly dry. Enjoy the supreme and authentic taste. But don't try a mole just yet unless you know what you are doing!
Pros:
Authentic lava stone. Perfect size. Quality product.
Cons:
Pestle a little too small. Should be at least 6 inches (15 cm) long for good grasp.

Cindy Youngblood
5 Stars

Review for Molcajete de Piedra Negra / Black Stone Mortar & Pestle Molcajete
June 22, 2011

Beautifully made, great cooking tool. I love the old world look and feel of the molcajete and the freshness of homemade salsa.

Nokie
5 Stars

Review for Molcajete de Piedra Negra / Black Stone Mortar & Pestle Molcajete
May 2, 2011

I love this item and only wish I had bought one sooner! I did a little internet research and decided to start the curing process with a few hits with a power washer. I followed that with the oven method described here and the results were great. I served my first molcajete guacamole this weekend and it was a big hit: guests were asking where/how to get one! I looks very nice as a serving piece for the guacamole as well. You'll be pleased with this product.

KD
5 Stars

Review for Molcajete de Piedra Negra / Black Stone Mortar & Pestle Molcajete
April 4, 2011

I bought this as a gift for my sister. I wanted to make sure I got her a quality molcajete. I was very pleased with the shipping and price and she said that it was very easy to season the molcajete. No regrets here -great item!

Getty22
5 Stars

Review for Molcajete de Piedra Negra / Black Stone Mortar & Pestle Molcajete
March 14, 2011

I remember how my Grandmother made the best salsas with her molcajete, and I wanted to find one that she would be proud to own. Well, I found it here at MexGrocer.com. It seasoned perfectly and made salsa that even Great Gram would love! Don't worry about getting fooled with an imitation product - this molcajete is "puro mexicano."

Sharita
5 Stars

Review for Molcajete de Piedra Negra / Black Stone Mortar & Pestle Molcajete
February 20, 2011

I had been shopping for a molcajete, but wanted to be sure I was getting an authentic one and not one mixed with concrete or made out of a mold. This piece is exactly what I was hoping it would be. The curing process did not take too long, though I used rice instead of corn as the directions suggested. It is a beautiful black stone, I can't wait to start grinding my spices and breaking it in. I have no doubt it will last for years!

John
5 Stars

Review for Molcajete de Piedra Negra / Black Stone Mortar & Pestle Molcajete
January 16, 2011

Me encanta este molcajete. El tamano es perfecto para hacer salsas molcajeteadas. I suggest everyone have one of these if you want to cook Mexican food!

amazingrace
5 Stars

Review for Molcajete de Piedra Negra / Black Stone Mortar & Pestle Molcajete
August 14, 2010

I absolutely love my molcajete! Guacamole and salsas have incredible flavor. It's also useful for grinding spices. I now make my own fresh spice blends for fajitas and tacos, and keep thinking up more ways to use this tool. In addition to its usefulness, the molcajete & tejolete look just wonderful on display in my kitchen. Get one, you will love it too!

Valentina
5 Stars

Review for Molcajete de Piedra Negra / Black Stone Mortar & Pestle Molcajete
June 6, 2010

This is a great buy. The guacamole tastes so much better than before and is served very nicely as well. I first combine onion, cilantro, jalapeno pepper and salt, grind it very thoroughly, then add avocado and diced tomatoes plus lime juice. Really good.

Christine - Chicago
5 Stars

Review for Molcajete de Piedra Negra / Black Stone Mortar & Pestle Molcajete
May 21, 2010

The first time I saw a Molcajete was in NY at Dos Caminos restaurant where I had fantastic guacamole. I've recreated that recipe a few times, but until using the Molcajete to make it the taste just wasn't the same. I used the same method as the previous reviewer to grind sea salt, and half of jalapeno pepper, tomato cilantro & onion- then added the avocado and lemon juice. So much better than mashing with fork in a bowl or making in a food processor- both methods of which I've used.

GW
5 Stars

Review for Molcajete de Piedra Negra / Black Stone Mortar & Pestle Molcajete
April 26, 2010

This is my first molcajete. I had never even seen one before. Before ordering it, I was worried that I would get one of the bad ones -- ones that never season, leave grit, etc. Well, I am very happy with this one. I spent a couple of afternoons seasoning it with dry white rice -- grinding a small handful each time to a fine dust. It's a bit of work. I think 3-4 times total. The last time left no visible grit. I have now made several batches of guacamole and salsa in it. Not a SINGLE bit of grit. NONE AT ALL. But most important, the guacamole and salsa are very, very good. For the guac, I start by grinding several serranos and some onion and garlic into a green paste (not easy, it helps to add some salt), and then I blend in avocados and lime juice. The taste is incredible, and I don't think it could be replicated by a processor or blender. The molcajete is surprisingly easy to clean -- just a nylon brush and some really hot water (no soap). If you are like I was -- new to molcajetes and unsure of what to get -- I think you'll be very happy with this one.



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