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From Stone to Table: The Journey of Crafting a CEMCUI Molcajete - CEMCUI

From Stone to Table: The Journey of Crafting a CEMCUI Molcajete

At CEMCUI, we understand that a molcajete is more than a kitchen tool – it's a piece of Mexico's rich culinary heritage. These traditional mortars, crafted from volcanic stone, are as varied as they are essential. Here, we delve into the process of making a volcanic stone molcajete, a process that varies depending on the type of stone and regional techniques.

1. Extraction of Volcanic Stone

Our journey begins with the extraction of volcanic stone, a task that requires a deep understanding of geology and respect for the environment. At CEMCUI, we work with different types of stone, each selected for its unique properties and suitability for culinary use. Artisans, with generations of knowledge, carefully extract the ideal pieces of rock, setting the stage for their transformation.

2. Smoothing the Rock

Once the stone is extracted, it undergoes its initial refinement. Artisans use a combination of emery and sandpaper to smooth the rough volcanic rock. This step is essential in shaping the stone and preparing its surface for finer work. The tools and techniques vary depending on the type of stone, with each requiring a unique approach to bring out its best qualities.

3. Carving the Molcajete

Carving the molcajete is a display of craftsmanship and regional diversity. At CEMCUI, we recognize that different stones demand different techniques and tools. While some artisans might use a hammer and chisel, others might prefer a cutting emery. The process starts with carving the inner bowl, followed by sculpting the outer part. This step is as much about artistic skill as it is about understanding the individual characteristics of each stone.

4. Final Polishing and Curing

The final stage involves polishing the molcajete and preparing it for culinary use. This step is tailored to the type of stone, ensuring that each molcajete has a smooth, usable surface. The traditional curing process follows, involving the grinding of grains to season the molcajete and ensure it is ready to enhance the flavors of Mexican cuisine.

A Tapestry of Tradition and Technique

At CEMCUI, we celebrate the diversity of techniques and stones used in creating molcajetes. Each volcanic stone molcajete we produce is not just a tool but a piece of history, embodying the rich tapestry of Mexican culinary traditions. Through our dedication to traditional methods and varied materials, we continue to honor and preserve these age-old techniques.

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Learn the steps!

Learn the steps!

1. Extraction of Volcanic Stone

  • We select and extract different types of volcanic stone based on their unique properties.

2. Smoothing the Rock

  • With emery and sandpaper we smooth the extracted volcanic rock.

3. 4. and 5. Carving the Molcajete

  • We Carve the inner bowl first, followed by the outer part of the molcajete.

6. Last details:
We then give the molcajete the last polish and then it´s ready to be used!

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