The results you get are only as good as the tools you use, and Mexican food is no exception. So, without further ado, here are five traditional kitchen utensils you’ll need to make authentic Mexican food.
A molcajete is a stone mortar and pestle used to make traditional salsas. Molcajetes are more than a picturesque addition to your kitchen. They are made of volcanic stone, so you can immediately tell when a salsa was made using a molcajete — the flavor and texture are just different.
Wooden spoons are common in the traditional cuisine of many countries. However, Mexican wooden spoons are on a league of their own. Every region in Mexico has its own type of wood, which means that spoons from different areas impart a slightly different flavor to the food.
Have you tried Mexican hot chocolate? It’s really something else, in part thanks to molinillo. By using this wooden whisk, Mexicans create foamy, hot chocolate so delicious that it can inspire movies —remember “Like Water for Chocolate”? If you haven’t seen it, you have to check it out!
Do you like carnitas? That’s a trick question because we know everyone loves carnitas. The point is that authentic carnitas are made in copper saucepans. The economy of some small towns in Mexico (like Santa Clara del Cobre) revolves around manufacturing copper saucepans. They are a must-have for carnitas lovers, and they add a nice, quaint touch to your kitchen.
More Interesting Facts About Mexican Food
If you are hungry for more stories and facts about Mexican food, then check out these previous posts:
- 5 Ideas for a Mexican-style Thanksgiving menu
- Dia de Muertos and food: some interesting facts
- Mexican food in space: 3 facts you probably didn’t know
- Which is the best part of the Chicken?
Enjoy Authentic Mexican Food at El Pollo Norteño!
Looking for authentic Mexican food in, Anaheim, Santa Ana, or Garden Grove? Then El Pollo Norteño is the place to go. Visit today any of our four locations (Anaheim, Santa Ana, and Garden Grove), order online, get in touch through Facebook, or call 866-MI-POLLO to enjoy our authentic Mexican dishes: amazing chicken grilled to perfection over real Mesquite charcoal, caldo de pollo, flan, carnitas, carne asada, and more!