- bcemail Jun 15, 2013 10:55 AM
I was recently gifted a Casa Maria Molcajete (I think ordered from Amazon). Whilst researching how to season, I read that some on the market are not actual stone, but are made out of concrete with various toxic binders (yay China!). Anyway to tell which I have?
I can see concentric circles in the bowl, which I thought was a good sign that it was carved out (albeit by a machine) rather than cast.
Any help would be appreciated!
How reliable are those sources that talk about concrete, 'toxic binders', and China? In the context of 'concrete' I don't know what is meant by a 'binder', toxic or not.
Seasoning a molcajete comes with owning one, just as seasoning cast iron is an expectation when you buy a piece. The seasoning of a molcajete is once-and-done. I have one that I purchased a few years ago at a small Mexican grocery store here in southeastern PA. It was well-priced (about half the price of the same thing at W-S). I seasoned it with rice, as is often recommended, and I've been using it without any problems ever since.
Don't get sucked in by the "traditional" methods of seasoning a molcajete. They're traditional because running water was not an option and the molcajete's they had made Chinese made stuff look like a Rolls Royce. You want to clean it. Water and a scrub brush. Test with a beaker until the water is the same color as when it comes out of the tap. Then season with your choice of spices.
We have a Casa Maria. It's smooth enough on the inside than you don't need to grind to smoothen. Just use it.
Yes, the Aztecs did not have running water. LOL
They drank from a cesspool to make Mexico City more populous than London or Madrid.
The Aztecs where able to make dog food and children's toys without poisoning their users something modern Chinese factories have a difficult time with.
If getting something like Casa Maria why bother getting a "molcajete" then?
Just get a mortar and pestle.
BTW I used rice to season my molcajete and it works just fine.
It is made in china but it is one of the best ones made out of granite. To cure it few passes with steel brush, wash with stiff nylon brush, dry it let it sit a couple of hours until dry add some rice and grind, repeat steps several times. It should not take you long it is almost cured out of the box. The best molcajete mortar hybrid I ever used.