How to Cure a Molcajete
The molcajete is an ancient kitchen essential. This mortar and pestle is what the people of
Mexico use to make sauces for cooking. Used to grind cumin seed, garlic, fresh or roasted
peppers and tomato.
The best tasting food is made from sauces made in the molcajete. They have a fresher and
more authentic taste. Because the molcajete is hand crafted of volcanic rock, it must
first be cured if it is to be used for food purposes. We hope you enjoy using the molcajete!
1. Put a handful of uncooked rice or salt into
the molcajete and grind into the surface of
the bowl with the pestle.
2. Discard the ground rice or salt. Repeat this
process until the rice or salt are clean.
3. Some have found that boiling it for 20
minutes will help clean and sanitize the
molcajete. We do not recommend using soap.
Once the molcajete is cured you will want to
wash it with water and a vegetable brush.