Pig's Head Molcajete
A really nice example functional folk art, this molcajete is very roughly hewn out of volcanic basalt. It is, of course, a wonderful tool for grinding seeds and spices, but who wouldn't want to use it as a bowl or centerpiece on a table? It measures 9" x 8" and stands approx. 5" tall. The grinding bowl is 6.75 in diameter and approx. 2.25" deep.
Proper conditioning of this molcajete is required before use, to get rid of the natural stone grit inherent in the porous, volcanic rock.
1. Soak the molcajete and the tejolote in water for several hours.
2. When dry, put a small amount of raw, uncooked rice in the molcajete and grind.
3. Repeat grinding with uncooked rice until the rice powder created in the molcajete is white, not grey.
4. Brush thoroughly with a stiff brush.
5. Grind a paste of garlic, cumin seed, salt, and fresh cilantro and let sit overnight in the molcajete.
6. Clean the molcajete and tejolote in hot water and they're ready to use. If needed, repeat steps 1-4 until grit is gone.