The molcajeta is a Meso-American kitchen tool with origin from a few thousands years ago. You could say it was the original food processor or what we call the mortar + pestle today. An authentic molcajeta is carved from one solid piece of basalt, volcanic rock. The most common uses are crushing herbs, preparing salsas + guacamole. One thing to remember is that the molcajete is a porous rock that absorbs the flavor of whatever is ground in it, so the flavor of that crushed garlic will definitely be infused into the next recipe. Who doesn't like the flavor of garlic?