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The Mexican version of a mortar, the molcajete is used to grind, mix and serve. Crafted in Mexico from volcanic rock. Includes bowl and pestle. Bowl is 8" diameter.Read More

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The Mexican version of a mortar, the molcajete is used to grind, mix and serve. Crafted in Mexico from volcanic rock. Includes bowl and pestle. Bowl is 8" diameter.

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  • Dimensions: 8" diameter
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Customer Reviews

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Nice little molcajete
I was given my molcajete as a gift and have now seasoned it and make a few batches of salsa and guacamole. This one seasoned with a mere 4 loads of rice. There is something special about the way a molcajete grinds the ingredients that makes things taste even better than they would from a blender, spice grinder or food processor. I took a load of guacamole to some friends' place yesterday and it was the best guacamole they had ever had. Same ingredients as always, but better end quality and flavor. This is a perfectly good small-batch molcajete that should give good service (and good food!) for a long time
September 2, 2013
We love them!
We purchased the 5" and they're perfect for guacamole, salsa, and/or pico de gallo. They make delectable presentation for our table.
March 11, 2016
Perfect gift for anyone who grows their own herbs for cooking aNd makes homemade salsas, etc.
December 20, 2016
1 year ago
No better way to make guacamole. Gave this as a wedding shower gift. Bride-to-be was absolutely thrilled!
June 16, 2016
over 2 years ago
good mortar and pestle
The size of this makes it much easier to use for crushing avocados, peppers, and other large things than a standard (smaller) mortar and pestle.
September 24, 2018
1 month ago
This works well for salsa and guacamole. However, even after seasoning, the stone is too soft for making pesto, grinding spices, or other applications where you need to completely pulverize the ingredients. We still get a lot of grit in our pesto, and it's a little embarrassing to serve it to guests. For those applications, I would recommend a traditional granite mortar and pestle.
August 26, 2018

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Why did you choose this?
Sur La Table Store
Christmas gift
Lynne B on Sep 14, 2018
like to cook
Dana S on Aug 15, 2018
Christmas gift
Lynne B on Sep 14, 2018
This is the original mortar and pestle and is perfect for making all sorts of salsas, grinding spices, etc. better flavor making fresh.
Denis C on Aug 31, 2018
like to cook
Dana S on Aug 15, 2018
On my friend's registry and I love Mexican food.
Patricia O on Aug 5, 2018
was served guacamole in one of these and it seemed really handy
Shawn H on Jul 26, 2018
quality product at a reasonable price
santhy r on Jul 17, 2018
Wedding registry
Julli C on Jul 15, 2018
on gift registry and something I would use
Carmen M on Jul 12, 2018
JANE S on Jul 7, 2018
I have owned this before and really loved it. Lost in a move and wanted to replace!
Jennifer K on Jul 2, 2018
This was on a wedding gift registry for a friends wedding.
Tina B on Jul 1, 2018
I saw it used in Mexico
Lee B on Jun 11, 2018
Father's Day gift for my husband. Thought he could try using it to make his guacamole
MARIA T on Jun 10, 2018
I have this and love it. I hope you see this because I need a gift receipt for this item PLEASE :) thank you
Jana K on May 31, 2018
Mothers day gift.
Amanda H on May 6, 2018
Gift for my Mother's birthday. She loves making guacamole.
Charity R on May 4, 2018
As a birthday gift for a guacamole loving friend. I like the stone authenticity and he will have fun using it I think.
Deborah G on May 2, 2018
It's cute!
Alan O on Apr 20, 2018
A nice way for entertaining
Nancy W on Apr 17, 2018
Because it was a Wedding gift from a list
Damalba E on Apr 3, 2018
unique and memorable as a gift to give
Leisa A on Apr 2, 2018
needed to muddle garlic then make sauce
Natalie M on Jan 30, 2018
This is the best way to display guac and it is a fun way to make it too!
Elizabeth C on Jan 26, 2018
This was a requested item for an avid cook in my family.
Bonita T on Dec 15, 2017
My daughter said she always wanted one, she loves to cook all natural foods. So, I found the largest size and ordered it for a Christmas gift for her.
Tina B on Dec 15, 2017
always wanted one
Brendan B on Dec 9, 2017
price, functionality, size
Lynn C on Dec 5, 2017
Pamela T on Nov 27, 2017
Present for my husband because he grows fresh herbs and requested one
AUDREY W on Nov 15, 2017
They wanted this item.
MARY M on Nov 13, 2017
We learned to make this amazing peanut sauce in a cooking class in Bali, and we wanted a molcajete so we could replicate the recipe and relive our travel!
Erika N on Oct 26, 2017
Lisa M on Aug 28, 2017
Always wanted one of these...
l W on Jul 25, 2017
we love ours and wanted to give one to a couple of newly weds
Susan E on Jul 19, 2017
birthday gift! love guac
Teresa A on Jul 18, 2017
on wedding gift registry list
Alice L on Jul 17, 2017
Rick Bayless recommendation
Nathan K on Jul 12, 2017
Christina S on May 30, 2017
It seemed more fun for newlyweds than a spatula
Meghan M on May 22, 2017
It makes food looks amazing, colorful and delicious and love the rustic look.
Lili C on May 18, 2017
This looked fun and i knew my friend who is getting married had it on her registry
Tracy D on May 10, 2017
Rustic and authentic looking.
Erick H on Apr 4, 2017
I have one and use it all the time
Marlena C on Mar 11, 2017
A friend bought one from Sur La Table and really liked it
Bennett S on Feb 18, 2017
Khoulah H on Dec 7, 2016
Apparent authenticity
Aaron W on Dec 2, 2016
To remind them of their grandmother who used one often.
Ramiro R G on Nov 30, 2016
Useful and looks cool
Edwin S on Nov 16, 2016
It reminds me of the one that Abuelita use to have.
Ralph M on Nov 12, 2016
Always wanted to purchase one and now since I received a gift card I thought it would be the perfect gift to myself.
Sandra K on Nov 10, 2016
This is the original mortar and pestle and is perfect for making all sorts of salsas, grinding spices, etc. better flavor making fresh.
Denis C on Aug 31, 2018
On my friend's registry and I love Mexican food.
Patricia O on Aug 5, 2018
Is the 8"" $39.95 molcajete already seasoned
A shopper on Nov 4, 2011
BEST ANSWER: No, these molcajetes are not pre-seasoned. Seasoning is done to even off the minute edges of the lava so they don't become grit in your first few dishes. You season a molcajete by grinding uncooked rice. I use about 1/4 cup of rice at a time and simply grind away until it is a fine powder. You'll probably notice a little gray-ing of the rice as you proceed, which is the finely granulated lava you are scraping off. It takes about 20 minutes per load and you'll probably need to do 4 or 5 loads before the rice powder is clean and white. Be sure to grind all over the bowl, including up to the edges so that the entire surface is seasoned. After the second load of rice I will usually add a teaspoon each of cumin seed, dried minced garlic and Mexican oregano to the mix to start adding flavors to the lava. Oh, and wear leather work gloves or the tejolote (pestle) will start grinding at your hand! And do this outside or you will be sweeping up tiny bits of rice for a year
How many cups does the 8 inch hold?
charlene t on Feb 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I believe I have the 5" molcajete and because it's domed and not deep, it holds about 1/2 cup (that's filled to the rim). The 8" may be slightly deeper/bigger and assume it may hold up to 3/4 of a cup. Hope this helps.
I have a size question. Is 5" and 8" the diameter size? Also, what is the height?
A shopper on Dec 8, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The 5" one is 5" in diameter & 3 1/2" high.
The 8" one is 8" in diameter & 5" high.
Is this made in Mexico?
Cheri on Nov 5, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Crafted in Mexico from volcanic rock.
better answer

This does not answer my question at all. I asked how you seasoned it, not how does it work after it is seasoned.The ad says that the mortar is seasoned, it is darker in color than unseasoned versions which we can choose from. What was done to turn the stone darkers, as in how was it seasoned.I got mine in the mail yesterday and it was full of fine sand like particles which I wiped off. I do have my concerns about the particles getting into the crevices of the bowl and eventually ending up in my food as I grind various ingredients.Surely you can give us all a better answer, how was the bowl seasoned?Thank youLind
A shopper on Mar 18, 2014
BEST ANSWER: For this specific molcajete, ""seasoning"" simply refers to a process used to grind down rough edges in an effort to prevent as many particles from entering your food as possible. Because it has been ground down, you might find a sand like collection on the surface that needs to be wiped out before use.In any case, the grinding method I referred to is exactly how this molcajete is seasoned
How do you clean the molcajete?
A shopper on Jan 4, 2013
BEST ANSWER: I found these very handy instructions on Rinse all of the food and spice particles out of the molcajete. To do this, simply run tap water over the surface of both the bowl and the pestle. Your goal here is to remove excess food particles that rinse off easily.2)Plug up the kitchen sink, and place the molcajete in the sink. If your sink is easily scratched, place a dish towel on the bottom of the tub, to prevent the rough stone of the molcajete from scratching the sink's surface. Fill the sink with hot water. Allow the molcajete to sit in the hot water for approximately five minutes, to soften up any particles that are trapped in the craters.3)Use the stiff-bristled brush to scrub the molcajete bowl and pestle. This will remove the stuck-on food, as well as any residue that might be left on the molcajete.4)Drain the sink and rinse the molcajete in warm water.5)Gently scrub the lemon on the surface of the bowl and pestle of the molcajete. Lemons have natural odor-absorbing properties, and this will help absorb the scent of any Mexican spices that were ground up in the molcajete. The lemon juice can be allowed to dry on the molcajete before putting it away
Is this molcajete made out of basalt rock?
A shopper on Mar 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Basalt rock IS laba rock.
how much does the 8" molcajete weigh?
A shopper on Jan 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It weighs 2 pounds and 14 1/2 ounces including both pieces. 2 pounds and 11.5 ounces with just the molcajete
Can it be used in the oven?
Amy D on May 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I know you can cure the molcajete in the oven by creating a paste using onion, garlic, and oil as the base to make a paste covering all the pores on the inside of the molcajete. Place in a 300 degree oven and bake for 30 minutes that the paste thoroughly permeates the stone. Remove from stove (carefully - hot) and allow to cool before washing thoroughly with soap and water.

Other than this, I do not know if you can bake foods in the molcajete in the oven.
Can you microwave a molcajete safely?
Jane B on Jan 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I have never tried to put the molcajete in the microwave. It is volcanic rock, but microwaves are different from the heat of a volcano so I would be concerned the wave action in the rock might split it.
Is it made in Mexico?
A shopper on Jun 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it is.
Is it available in store?
A shopper on Apr 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this item is available in-store. Please use the Find In Store feature on the website to see if your local store has it available.
Can it be used to powder spices like cinnamon, cardamom etc.? Also, if you make guacamole in it and then say, use it to to grind spices for desserts, will the ODOR of guacamole be retained and ruin the aroma of such spices?
A shopper on Jun 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You could use this for spices, however the stone is porous and you may lose some of the spice in the slight nicks and grooves of the stone. I wash mine with soap and water so the guacamole is washed away and leaves no residual odor.
How is it seasoned?

I am shopping for a Molcajete. You have two versions that are pre seasoned. How are they preseasoned? They look to be perfectly seasoned all around. Do you use raw rice ?
A shopper on Mar 10, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Traditionally, the stone is soaked in water overnight and then rice is ground into the bowl of the mortar until the rock surface is smooth. In the case of this molcajete, it just means that the rock surface has been smoothed so that when you grind up whatever it is you're grinding, you won't get any rock flecks in your food


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