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Old 12-28-2003, 04:58 AM   #11
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Wow interesting discussion. Not ever heard of them...not surprising really, given that England is not really tuned into the ways of Mexico and the deep south.... did you know that the tejolote derives from the words for stone and doll. Very cool 8)

I want one, heaven knows how much the postage will be...that's one mighty piece of rock! I just want one of kitchenelf's seasoning parties....bring it on!!!! :twisted: :D
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Old 01-01-2004, 04:13 PM   #12
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"Molcajete"

Yes "tejolote" is one of the names for the rock or stone
Used to grind ingredients in a "molcajete". This stone
is also called a "mano" or "mano de mortero", along
with "temalchín" and "la piedra". I would be willing to
bet it has a few other names as well.

As one researches Mexican cuisine "La Cocina Mexicana",
It becomes immediately apparent that there are sometimes
Many regional names for ingredients and implements.

This is just one of many reasons I am fascinated by the study of
Mexican cuisine. It's a lifetime study and discovery.

Regards!

Bill Gibson
Crestline, CA
"aficionado de la cocina mexicana"
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Old 03-24-2004, 03:16 PM   #13
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It's taking me a while to look at everything around here, but I thought I'd add my 2 cents to this thread anyway.
Eating Well had a whole thing on the molcajete a couple issues ago. Besides making spice pastes to use as rubs and what not, I know I saw a hot cocoa recipe that said to use the molcajete - something about the lingering chili flavor adding a great subtle undertone to your hot chocolate. It sounds like a similar concept to the moroccan clay pots in which the ingrained spices from past meals are supposed to add to future dishes.

Sort of on the same thread, anybody know a source for the pestle used to crush lime and everything in the bottom of the glass for mojitos? I saw kits all over Germany but haven't seen such a thing back in the states.
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Old 03-25-2004, 04:47 PM   #14
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Muddler

Hi ramydam,

The "gadget" you are talking about to use in mojitos is called a muddler.

Here are a few links for you to look at (I LOVE mojitos - wish we could get together and have one!!!!..........or 5

muddlers (all 8")
wooden or plastic muddler, you choose - it doesn't say how long it is though
another muddler

Basically, they are all the same. And they are cheap too!!! LOL

When you say a "kit" what all came with it? I saw bar kits that included a muddler - they are part of the site that is in the last link. Click on "Gift Sets" on the left and you'll find several different sets that include one.
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Old 03-26-2004, 12:23 AM   #15
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Thanks! It must have been a variation on a muddler - shorter and broader, mainly. Maybe just some German interpretation. I'm sure it doesn't make any difference. The kits were just glasses of a good size for mojitos, pacjaged with one of these muddler-ish things, and usually a small cutting board and knife; nothing all that unique, just kind of fun. Thanks for the links, too. I'm off to mojito-land . . .
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Old 03-26-2004, 11:17 AM   #16
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I'm not sure what the traditional size glass is for a mojito so the shorter version may be appropriate - I, however, like a tall glass

I'm running as fast as I can to your mojito land - I would hate for you to be lonely!!!!
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This is a fun thread! :D I learned a lot. That drink sounds pretty good too.
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Old 03-28-2004, 02:29 AM   #18
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Wishing I could pack a cooler of Mojitos to class on Monday made me remember the non-alcoholic mojitos we drank by the gallon at the Tex-Mex restaurant I worked at in Berlin (had to wait 'til we were off the clock for the real stuff.)
Just fresh quartered lime, mint and turbinado sugar all crushed in the bottom of your glass as you would for a regular mojito, then filled with ice and ginger ale and given a good stir. Plain cheap ginger ale is fine, but try making with Jamaican ginger beer (still nonalcoholic) when you want a real treat.
Best summer refresher you can drink in unlimited quanitites. The combination of the mint and ginger ale is good for counteracting rich foods and all sorts of other ills, too!
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