Mexican Kitchen Essentials
To achieve the exotic flavors, colors, and tastes that Mexican cuisine is known for, the right kind of tools is required in your kitchen. The following reference guide would highlight the Mexican Kitchen Essentials.
Some quintessential Mexican kitchen tools are as follows:
A Comal is a cast iron plate used to make tortillas. It can be used to quickly heat them up too. It is a multipurpose tool. It can be used to grill red meat and vegetables. It can be used on a stove, oven or a grill. It comes in round as well as oblong shapes and is usually made of cast iron. It is quite heavy and has a slightly rough surface. Comal needs to be seasoned before use like any other pan, using vegetable oil to prevent formation of rust spots. It can be easily cleaned by using a kitchen rag.
This is a wide, deep, short necked vessel. As the name suggests, it is used to cook beans. These pots have a narrow mouth that prevents excessive evaporation and loss of heat and the large pot belly facilitates prolonged, slow cooking. These are typically made of ceramic, but cast iron bean pots are also available these days.
In Mexico the sauces are made from scratch including fresh tomatoes, Jalapenos, onion, garlic thrown into the blender and the result is a thick emulsified sauce. This makes the blender as the most essential tool in a Mexican kitchen since purees and sauces are Mexican specialties.
Molcajete and Tejolote
This is the Mexican term for what is commonly known as Mortar and Pestle. These are usually made of basalt rock and are used to grind spices and herbs. Many variations can be found in the market like the cone shaped or the pear shaped Molcajete.
Tortilla Rolling pins
These are used for rolling out tortillas. These are also called a palote. The best rolling pins are made from wood and are nearly 14 to 18 inches long and about 1 inch in diameter.
Molcajete salsa server
It is a dish used to serve salsa, guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream or any condiment. This is specially used in parties when a large number of guests have to be catered to.
Many types of cutlery are put to use in a Mexican kitchen but if there is an option to choose only one, one should go for a 6 inches long chef knife. It should have an ergonomic design i.e. a comfortable and textured handle so that the knife can be held firmly. The knife chosen should be made of stainless steel or carbon steel.
Hot smoked salmon fillet or a succulent smoked pork shoulder sounds quite mouthwatering. A Mexican kitchen is all empty without a charcoal grill. Cooking over open tops and embers of a charcoal is the classic Mexican way of cooking. The charcoal grills currently available in market have the option for smoking the food too. So, why not grab one before announcing a fully-set up Mexican kitchen.
It is used to scoop up and serve soups. Usually made of stainless steel alloys, ladles do come in aluminum, silver, plastic etc. These are typically very long terminating into a bowl shape. A whisk is also an important kitchen tool when you want to cook your food, the Mexican way.
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