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How to Cure your Molcajete

How to Cure your Molcajete


Elevate your Mexican cooking game with our step-by-step guide to properly curing a molcajete. Discover the authentic method for perfect texture and flavor in your salsas, guacamoles, and more. Become a molcajete master today!

"Curing" a molcajete is the process of preparing it for use by removing any debris, improving its texture, and creating a non-stick surface. Here's a step-by-step guide to curing a molcajete:

  1. Clean the molcajete: First, remove any loose debris or dust from the molcajete. Then, scrub it with a stiff brush and warm water. Avoid using soap, as it can leave a residue that affects the flavor of your food.

  2. Grind rice: Next, add a handful of uncooked white rice to the molcajete. Use the pestle to grind the rice into a fine powder. This helps to remove any remaining debris and smooth out the texture of the molcajete.

  3. Rinse the molcajete: Rinse the molcajete thoroughly with warm water, and use the brush to remove any remaining rice powder.

  4. Grind garlic and salt: Add several cloves of garlic and a tablespoon of salt to the molcajete. Grind them together with the pestle to create a paste. This helps to season the molcajete and create a non-stick surface.

  5. Rinse the molcajete again: Rinse the molcajete thoroughly with warm water, and use the brush to remove any remaining garlic and salt paste.

  6. Repeat the process: If your molcajete is particularly rough or porous, you may need to repeat steps 2-5 several times until the texture is smooth and the surface is non-stick.

  7. Dry the molcajete: Once the molcajete is clean and seasoned, dry it thoroughly with a towel. You can also leave it out in the sun for a few hours to ensure that it is completely dry.

That's it! Your molcajete is now ready to use. Keep in mind that the seasoning process may take some time, and you may need to repeat it periodically to maintain the non-stick surface.

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