Molcajete With Tortilla Basket

Molcajete With Tortilla BasketThousands of years ago, people in modern-day Mexico's Tehuacán Valley began crafting molcajetes and tejolotes, mortar and pestle sets carved from volcanic rock. Corn as we know it was still a new thing then—that's how many thousands of years we're talking—but little about the stone tools has since changed. Find out why they're so well-loved with the aid of Jules Vertrees and Jacquie Lewis's authentic gourmet gift set. Made from the same stuff as its ancient counterparts, the molcajete is oven-safe (mmm, queso fundido) and ideal for hand-smashing components of spicy salsas or chunky guacamole. Just season it first, like a cast iron skillet. Also included: A hand-woven straw basket called a tortillero, traditionally used to keep tortillas warm before serving. Taco Tuesday, here we come. Handmade in Mexico.

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