It was L’s birthday this week, and as one of her presents, M got her a molcajete. Isn’t it cute? A Molcajete is a traditional Mexican kitchen implement made from volcanic rock. So they’re pretty much awesome volcanic mortar and pestles used for making a variety of salsas and moles. They often come with animal faces, and the volcanic rock is said to impart some mysteriously delicious extra flavor into any sauce made in the molcajete.
But this was not just any model, apparently this molcajete has even been vetted by Rick Bayless himself, who praised its smooth surface. We were excited to try our molcajete out – but before using it we had to season it. To accomplish this, we first rinsed it thoroughly, ground dried rice into it, and finally pulverized a mixture of garlic, sea salt and cumin seeds. Now the molcajete is ready for business, and it will only improve with age. Look for some recipes soon.