How to Season a Molcajete

Last week we received our shipment of assorted Pig Molcajetes from Mexico and they have been flying off the shelf! Well, I actually haven’t seen any of the pigs fly, but they’ve been very popular thus far and I think we’re going to have a hard time keeping them stocked!

Before one can really put a Molcajete to good use, you have to invest a little time and love into seasoning it so as to really be able to coax the maximum amount of flavor from your ingredients. Eric has been having a blast making salsas and guacamole in our’s, and I’m looking forward to him trying out some other new recipes now that we’ve really got it in seasoned, working order. Since I seem to be going on and on about all the wonderful ways you can use a Molcajete, I figured I better share some tips on how to season one. Here is what we did to get our’s up and running:

Step One: Rinse and scrub the Molcajete in hot water, but do not use soap.

First, wash the molcajete in warm water.
 Step Two: Allow the Molcajete to air dry completely.
Allow the molcajete to air dry completely.
 Step Three: Grind a small handful of rice until powdery and broken. Remove the rice, rinse the Molcajete and repeat.

Grind a handful of rice until broken and powdery.
 Step Four: Grind a handful of course salt until it is fine salt. If the Molcajete still does not appear to be smooth enough, remove the salt, rinse and repeat once more.
Grind a handful of course salt until it’s fine.
 Step Five: Grind 4 cloves of garlic, a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of pepper to create a paste. Allow the paste to sit for 6-8 hours. Wash the Molcajete in warm water and allow to air dry. 
Make a paste of garlic, salt and pepper.
 Now your Molcajete should be ready to rock and roll! If it seems like your’s still needs a little smoothing out, feel free to repeat the steps above until it has the feel and appearance you are looking for. The more you use your Molcajete, the better it will get! And remember, always hand wash your Molcajete in warm water, but never use soap or put it in the dishwasher.
Now your molcajete should be ready to go!
 Here are a few common ways to put your Molcajete to good use:

  • Guacamole
  • Salsa
  • Mole
  • Grind spices or herbs
  • Molcajete Mexicana
  • Serve sauces or dips

Have a question or concern about seasoning your Molcajete? Share your thoughts in our comments and we’ll do our best to help! And don’t forget to check out the different Pig Molcajetes we have available online so you can try one out for yourself!

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