Pestle and Mortar

The Pestle and Mortar known as the “Molcajete” in Spanish, is a wonderful addition to your kitchenware.

A brief history

If your like me, you want authenticity and quality, right? Why would we want something less for the same price? Taking this into consideration, how about something handmade, or better yet, handmade by real artisans from Mexico, who have been making them since pre-Hispanic times? That’s thousands of years of authenticity embedded into the making of the “molcajete.”

During the last Ice Age people survived by hunting and gathering. The animals ate the grass, and the people ate the animals. When temperatures finally reached the 70-80 degrees, rainfall increased and other plants began to grow. This led to the consumption of plants such as beans, corn, chilies, avocados, tomatoes, tomatillos and other native plants. This in turn, led to the creation of new food preparation tools such as the pestle and mortar.

It is also believed that it was used for the burial of members of high society. Awesome right? Well maybe not, but we’re not going to use them for that. For more on these topics see the Florentine Codex: General History of the Things of New Spain.

Easy to Make Salsa

We all know that there are several ways to make salsa, but there are only a couple ways to make the real deal. You know where I’m going with this, and yes the molcajete has a way of preserving the flavor of the ingredients crushed in it. (For tips on how to cure click here.) Try this easy to make and delicious jalapeño salsa.

  • 4-5 jalapeños
  • 1 tomato
  • salt to taste

Toast the jalapeños and tomato over direct heat until hot and fragrant. (Depending on the intensity of the flame maybe 3-5 minutes.) There May be a unique technique to crushing the vegetable, but I’m sure you’ll figure this one out. Next add some salt to self taste preference level and enjoy with some “tostadas” or on a juicy taco.

Let’s not forget there are a million ways to make salsa. I have to say, guacamole with pico de gallo is my personal favorite.

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The TLP Mortar and Pestle

We recommend the TLP (The Latin Products) Mortar & Pestle,                         

because of it’s quality, authenticity and uniqueness. Quality because it’s made out of lava rock and looks amazing and original. Authentic because it’s handmade by Mexican Artisans, and unique because it’s handmade where there will never be two exactly the same.

With this in mind Everything-Mexican gives the TLP Mortar & Pestle the “Es Gud” thumbs up. Thank you for reading, and I encourage you to leave a comment or email me at with any questions or concerns.





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4 Replies to “Pestle and Mortar”

  1. I remember my mom use to have something similar to the pestle and mortar. Actually, she used it to grind chocolate back in those days. I didn’t know these still exist. Thanks for sharing this easy to make salsa. I’ll make it this weekend. Is there any other ingredient I could add to this recipe?

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