The 4 Tools of Mexican Cuisine Every Cook Needs
Some suggested items to make preparing your Mexican cuisine easier for every Mexican cook.
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Vasconia 4-Cup Granite Molcajete Mortar and Pestle
This heavy, solid stone molcajete is the perfect Mexican mortar and pestle for grinding your own herbs and spices, grinding grains, and preparing homemade guacamole, salsa and pico de gallo. The generous 4-cup capacity means you can make large amounts and the smooth interior makes grinding easy. This is a beautiful set and you can keep it on the counter or use it on the table as a serving bowl. The design is classic and timeless. Perhaps you are looking for a gift for newlyweds, and you want something unusual, in which case this high-rated molcajete would be ideal. It also makes a great addition to your own kitchen, especially if you enjoy grinding your own herbs and spices for maximum freshness and flavor, or making salsas, guacamole and other dips.
Hamilton Beach 70730 Bowl Scraper Food Processor
Choosing a food processor can be tricky because there are so many brands, designs, shapes and sizes on the market these days, and each food processor has its own options and features. Hamilton Beach is a reputable brand though, and this food processor, with its 10 cup capacity and powerful 450 watt motor is a great one. There is a chopping blade as well as a slicing/shredding disc, and the built-in scraper is really useful because you do not need to keep stopping to scrape the sides, thereby saving time when pureeing or chopping ingredients. Cleanup is a breeze because the bowl, lid and blades can all go in the dishwasher, and the generously sized feed chute means you can pop a halved avocado or whole block of cheese in there at once. This is an excellent gadget.
Lodge L9OG3 Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Round Griddle, 10.5-inch
Proudly made in the USA, this high quality, cast iron griddle is wonderful at retaining and distributing heat. It is oven-safe up to 500 degrees F and measures 15 x 10.5 x 0.5 inches so there is plenty of cooking area. Use it for making tortillas and quesadillas, or cooking meat, fish and vegetables. The handle has a hole in so you can hang the pan when not in use, and it comes pre-seasoned so you can start using it right away. Use it to slow-cook food without scorching, and use this on the grill or stove, or even in the oven. Cast iron is the choice of many professional chefs, and this sturdy, heavy cookware comes with a limited lifetime warranty. If you enjoy making Mexican food you will find plenty of recipes you can make on this, and it is great for grilled sandwiches too.
IMUSA, VICTORIA-85008, Cast Iron Tortilla Press, Black, 8-Inches
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Although many people, at least north of the border, tend to buy tortillas rather than prepare their own, that is usually because nobody knows just how easy it is! If you want to make corn or flour tortillas, or try your hand at tostones, arepas or patacones, this is the gadget you need. It is made of pre-seasoned cast iron and measures 8 inches across. Homemade tortillas taste wonderful and you can make them in bulk. Try them for tacos, enchiladas or burritos, and surprise your family by making your own tortillas which are always better-tasting than the store-bought kind. This cast iron tortilla press comes in a gift box, so consider buying it for someone you know who loves to cook as an unusual gift. All you need to do is insert your dough and press down to make a tortilla.
The Pampered Chef Deep Covered Baker for Oven and/or Microwave
This high quality baking dish can be used in the oven or microwave, and you can cook large cuts of meat in there, such as a 4-pound roast or a 5-pound chicken. Season your meat and cook it, and you can expect a delicious taste. Try this for ribs, stews, cakes, cornbread dressing, or anything else you want to make. Pampered Chef bakeware is always popular because it is beautiful, functional and performs excellently. You can cook a whole chicken in here in the microwave in just half an hour, and it will come out tender and moist. Try it for baked pasta or mac and cheese. This baker is easy to clean as long as you spritz some nonstick cooking spray over there before adding your food. Season your chicken with Mexican herbs and spices and have it ready to eat in 30 minutes.
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