How To Clean Molcajete

Cleaning a molcajete can be a bit of a pain, but it’s not as bad as you might think. A molcajete is an essential kitchen utensil if you cook recipes that require grinding your own spices or herbs. It’s also a beautiful piece of pottery that is worth keeping clean and in good condition.

That being said, if you take care of your molcajete, cleaning it won’t be so difficult. Here are some helpful tips on how to clean a molcajete and keep it in great condition.

How To Clean Molcajete

What You’ll Need

  • A molcajete: If you don’t already have one, then you’ll need to purchase one first.
  • Salt: You’ll need fine grain salt to scrub the molcajete. You can also use baking soda, or any other mild abrasive to remove any stuck-on foods.
  • Hot water: This is the most important cleaning agent. You’ll need to let the molcajete soak in water to loosen up any stuck-on foods.
  • A sponge (or scrub brush): You’ll need to clean the molcajete’s exterior too.
  • A small towel: Let your molcajete dry completely before storing. You can also place a small towel in the bottom of the container to absorb any excess moisture.

Cleaning a Molcajete

The first thing you want to do is remove any foods or spices that are stuck to the molcajete. You can do this by adding water to the molcajete and scrubbing off any stuck-on foods with a sponge or scrub brush. Scrub until the molcajete is clean.

Next, you’ll want to let the molcajete soak in some hot water. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, scrub the molcajete with a sponge to remove any food particles or salt. You can use a mild abrasive such as baking soda or salt. Let the molcajete dry completely before storing.

Removing the Smell

If your molcajete has a strong smell, you’ll want to remove it. The best way to remove the smell is to soak your molcajete in warm water mixed with baking soda or salt. Let it soak for about 20 minutes and you should notice the smell lessening.

You can even boil your molcajete in water to remove the smell. Make sure to boil it for at least an hour to ensure the smell is completely gone. You can also use a bowl of vinegar mixed with water to soak your molcajete.

How to Clean the Inside

To clean the inside of the molcajete, you can fill the molcajete with warm water and add a bit of soap. Let it sit for at least an hour and then scrub the inside with a sponge. Be sure to scrub the bottom of the molcajete too. You can also use an old toothbrush to scrub out the inside. Make sure to scrub the bottom of the molcajete just as thoroughly as the inside. You can also use a small curved scrubber to clean the bottom.

How to Clean the Exterior of a Molcajete

You can clean the exterior of the molcajete with a sponge or a brush. Make sure to scrub the exterior thoroughly. You’ll want to clean any residue from the bottom of the molcajete too. If your molcajete has an ornate design on the exterior, you can use a soft cloth to clean it. Just make sure to clean the whole surface thoroughly. You’ll also want to dry your molcajete completely before storing. You can also place a small towel or cloth in the bottom of the container to soak up any excess moisture.

Conclusion

The best way to clean a molcajete is to first rinse it with warm water and then scrub it with a brush or sponge. If there is still food stuck to the surface, you can try using a little bit of vinegar or lemon juice. Once you have scrubbed the surface, rinse it again with warm water and dry it with a clean cloth.

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