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Need a molcajete and can't find one!!!!

Dave'sGirl Apr 27, 2001 01:34 PM

Does anyone have an idea where I can find a medium size molcajete for cooking at home? I've asked Mexican friends, to no avail, and searched the net - but only found outlets where I had to buy at least a dozen. Any ideas? (NYC) Thanks!

  1. applehome Sep 11, 2008 01:10 PM

    yep - mexgrocer or melissa guerra -


    1. danhole Sep 10, 2008 07:36 AM

      Here is another good source for all things related to Mexican cooking:


      This link is for the utensils, but check out the rest of the site.

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        pepperqueen Sep 9, 2008 07:01 PM

        Amazon.com has several listed for fairly reasonable prices.

        1. porker Sep 9, 2008 04:26 PM

          I got one on the third vendor on the left ;`)
          Funny thing is she had to see about 7 people first, then found a kid who said he knew someone who might have it. He delivered it to her and she sold it to me - 110pesos.

          1. LNG212 Sep 9, 2008 11:26 AM

            Crate & Barrel carries it. Here's a link so you can see it: http://www.crateandbarrel.com/family.... . It's around $33.

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              RIP54 Sep 9, 2008 11:10 AM

              Try shoptejas.com They usually have molcajetes from 6 to 15 inches in diameter.

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                PRSMDave Feb 15, 2002 02:21 PM

                In the land of overpriced stored, you can get them mail order at Sur la Table.

                Link: http://www.surlatable.com

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                  Arthur Burgess Feb 15, 2002 12:33 PM

                  I want a molcajete that is at least 3" to 5" deep and 7" or 8" round if it can be of lava rock. Is there a place to get one. Thank you Art

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                    Yolanda Arellano Jul 29, 2001 04:51 AM

                    Any latin american market will have one, and yes quality does make a difference. When you buy one made from lava rock which gives the best flavor to your foods make sure it is dark, my mexican mother in law says the darker the better. It means when you are grinding your salsas you will not have pieces of the molcajete in your food.
                    Yes you can buy them on the internet but what is to insure the quality. I picked up a really nice one on vacation in Mexico for a couple of bucks but I have seen them at quite a few latin american stores

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                      Karl S Sep 10, 2008 06:11 AM

                      I've found molcajetes more to be a psychological than functional tool, unlike cast iron. Way too much time using rice to get the damn thing to a useful patina, as it were. I didn't find they really improved things noticeably. So my vote is: inherit a well-used one, or don't bother.

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                        RGC1982 Sep 11, 2008 07:08 AM

                        We ordered guacamole in a restaurant somewhat famous for its tableside preparation (or at least that is their opinion). It was great. I decided to touch the molcajete to see what it felt like and was flabbergasted to discover that it was made of look-alike plastic. It certainly fooled me and my dining companions.

                        It does make sense if you think about it -- no pieces of rock in the food and easy to clean. So, I wonder -- is it REALLY better to use a molcajete? These people seemed to manage just fine with a plastic version that is really nothing more than a textured, wider mortar and pestle. In fact, they used forks to smash the avocado, if I remember.

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                        Pan Jun 21, 2001 11:45 PM

                        What is a molcajete?

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                          Susie Jun 21, 2001 12:37 PM

                          I bought mine on eBay for about $8.00 and it's perfect. I'd try there first.

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                            Tom Steele Apr 27, 2001 03:00 PM

                            Try The Kitchen at 218 Eighth Avenue between 21st and 22nd Streets in M'hattan (212) 243-4433. Last time I was there they had lava molcajetes, so if they don't have them now, they'll be able to get you one. Great resource for Mexican/Southwestern ingredients.

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                              fusilli May 1, 2001 10:35 AM

                              also...the sant fe cooking school sells them mail order...yes in sante fe, NM

                              and Adriana's Caravan also has em mail order.

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                                Danie Jun 4, 2001 07:13 PM

                                Try William Sonoma, I saw one in last month's catalog for 30-40 dollars. Good Luck!

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