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Dec 2, 2007 03:02 PM

Need to find a Molcajete for a gift, help!

Looking for a nice molcajete for a christmas gift. Alot of the ones I find are too light, or flimsy for some serious grinding.
Any recs? Any Molcajete owners here that can help me out?

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  1. Never seen this in person, but I have mail ordered ingredients from and their service is very good.

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    1. re: JoanN

      I bought a molcajete from and it is definitely not light or flimsy. (I got the one with the pig head. :) )

    2. It's more of a mortar and pestle as opposed to a traditional molcajete (which I think is rougher on the surface?), but I bought a nice one at Ikea and it wasn't too expesive. It's heavy, grinds well, doesn't make an irritating noise like the ceramic one I have, and is large enough for all my spice grinding needs. It may be too small for making a batch of guacamole, though.

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      1. re: leanneabe

        Don't know if you live in the L.A. area or not, but Olvera Street sells authentic molcajetes.

      2. Where do you live ? One hour north of Chicago in Racine WI, ask Racine Produce, specializing in Mexican produce of all kinds, and a very few kitchen eqpt items including large heavy authentic molcajetes. My molcajete is 12" dia x 6"H, at least 10 lbs. I think I paid $12 three or four yrs ago. This is a crudely hand crafted item, strong as a cement mixer, and the surface texture is coarse, so for finer mashing I use a granite mortar and pestle. You can find their phone # at any online phoone directory such as