No kitchen is complete with a great molcajete and this one is on sale for under $55

There are few tools in the history of humankind that stretch back as far as the molcajete. Going back thousands of years to the ancient Mayans and beyond, the process of crafting stone mortar and pestle instruments to grind up spices is a staple of Mexican and South American food preparation.

There are also few tools in modern civilization that are still as primal as the molcajete either, still at heart a volcanic stone bowl that wouldn't look out of place in 2020 AD or BC. That's because if it ain't broke, don't fix it. And this molcajete and tejole set along with a handy tortilla basket embody that timelessness, while making a killer addition to all of your culinary adventures.

In a modern kitchen, this throwback tool made of basalt stone offers the perfect texture for grinding vegetables and spice against its rough surface, unlocking all the hidden oils and flavors locked inside. If you want to make the cornerstones of any Mexican meal, including anything from salsa to guacamole to queso, it's an irreplaceable essential.

Being volcanic in origin, the molcajete retains heat like a champ, capable of staying hot for up to an hour after coming out of the oven. And unlike antiseptic stainless steel and other utensils and appliances of the modern day, the molcajete actually acquires a pinch of its own flavor and taste over time. Even with thorough cleaning, each molcajete is a wondrous little taste sensation all its own.

And if you're gonna have salsa or guac, you better have a place for the chips as well, which is where the included tortilla basket comes in. Made from handwoven palm leaves, each basket is a unique work of art in its own right, with a completely individual color and pattern. Load it up with corn chips for noshing or use it as home base for all those freshly cooked tortillas every Taco Tuesday.

Right now, you can save 10 percent off the price of this molcajete, tejole and tortilla basket set, a $60 collection now available for just $54.

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