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I want to tell you that this box was HEAVY when I picked it up from the mailbox!
AHA, a ginormous piece of rock was in my box!
I found a card with info on the main item this month, an authentic lava molcajete!
The back of the card gave a bit of info on each item in the box, plus details on how you can share your pictures on social media for a chance to win a mole bundle box.
Everything in my box!
Pig Head Molcajete + Tejolote ($62.99) Long before electricity, people found ways to grind up grains, herbs, and spices into smaller pieces by rubbing rock against rock. This is the Mexican version of a mortar and pestle and is made of lava rock!
You must first season the molcajete by grinding a handful of rice until you find that the resulting powder is no longer gray. This might take several tries before it is complete.
The tejolote is the grinding object used, along with your own elbow grease. The tejolote must also be seasoned, but then that happens while you are seasoning the molcajete!
There was an additional card with info on how to season the molcajete and tejolote.
The back of the card had a link to the MyCajita blog so you can find authentic recipes you can make in your molcajete, including guacamole and salsa.
The molcajete needs to be seasoned first, so I set an old towel on my counter (to keep it from getting scratched) and poured in a handful of rice. It kept popping out of the bowl and after reading a few reviews online I found some other ways to season the bowl, such as taking it to a car wash and using a high-pressure jet of water to clean it out. My husband said his grandmother used dried corn. Seasoning may take several days to accomplish.
Escobeta de Raiz ($5.95) is a hand-held brush, with bristles similar to a broom, that you use to clean the molcajete. It can get into those nooks and crannies.
Exprimidor de Limon ($4.99) I already have a citrus squeezer and I want to tell you that the one I received in this box is not as good as the one I already own, at least in terms of how it feels in my hands.
I think this is made of aluminum and it is very rough, I’m kind of worried that I may get a metal splinter or something. The one I own is coated so it doesn’t feel rough.
Just cut your citrus in half (or quarters if the fruit is large), place in the bowl of the squeezer, and then give it a good squeeze over a bowl or cup to extract juice. The cut fruit should be facing the holes, so it will look inside out when you’re finished. I even use it to squeeze the juice out of oranges and grapefruits!
Since the primary purpose of the molcajete is to pound ingredients until they are pulverized, MyCajita sent some spices to help me perfect my form. From left: cumin, achiote (annato), and black pepper. I am familiar with cumin and pepper but I have never used achiote before!
I’m really excited to use my new molcajete, I need to make sure it is pristine though so I won’t have gritty guacamole. I think it will be a good way to grind spices and to make guac and salsa, since I have a feeling it will smell spicy after a few uses. I wish the lemon squeezer was a bit more finished but this may be authentic to what you would find in Mexico. I am also looking forward to trying achiote, I’m going to pin some recipes and give one a try. I really enjoyed learning about the history of these items and how they are made, and even if I am not able to master the molcajete, I think it will look cute on my counter!
What do you think about this month’s box?