Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Mesoamerican Food Processor

You know, this is the food processor that will outlast the best, yes, even the Cadillacs of the industry-the Cuisinarts, the Mieles, Osters, Black and Deckers and the Kitchen Aids...



In Mexico, they are called metates. It's been used to process and grind foods for centuries. Primitive? Perhaps. Functional. Indeed. And, built to last.

This is one brought back to me by a friend who went down to Mexico. I had asked him to bring me back a metate (he was driving down to get other things, so I thought I'd ask). Had to explain to him what it was. I did want to use it for what it was made for (for processing and grinding food), but after I got it, I realized that this was made for the tourists-as a souvenir. It wasn't made for the functional aspect. So, it became a part of my yard art. Which, in turn, made for a great early morning yard shadow.

"Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see." (Martin Luther King)

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14 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What a wonderful, interesting gift! I love it! And what a terrific shadow shot for the day, Paula! Hope you have a great weekend!!

Chubby Chieque said...

OMG! It reminds me of my childhood. In the Philippines, we usually use this kind of tool in everything.

Happy SSS & have a blessed w/end.
/Chie

frayedattheedge said...

They use similar things in Indonesia. Excellent shadow shot!

Ralph said...

We all seem conditioned to having bright stainless steel in our kitchens. It does seem that we decorate our kitchen with items that are more decorative than functional. This original food processor is not only solid, its beauty derives from its function. Amazing, the modern creature is nit the only ones to invent a tool for what is really needed...

Catherine said...

yes these are everywhere in Mexico - too weighty for me to bring back - great shot though

robin. said...

the shadows just keep going!!! very cool shot today paula!!!

chubskulit said...

Wow, that's bold and beautiful.

My Shadows
Have a blessed Sunday!

Ugich Konitari said...

First time here. Came here from Sylvia's.

You know, we still use these things, including a flat rough-surface stone, to grind things. Folks think this grinding of spices and mixtures, gives a better taste to food, rather than grinding in food processors.

And yes, I did lug my stone from my mom's house to mine, by train...:-)

Linda Starr said...

An the native americans ground their food in boulders too large to move, I have one that was just barely movable, in my kitchen I have a mortar and pestle of marble and wood, one of stone would be wonderful.

MyMaracas said...

Both the bowl and the shadow have a mysterious, tribal quality. I can imagine a lot of kitchen uses for one of these, though I've never used one.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

In Zacatecas, Mexico (and other places) you can by chocolate metate--little cubes of chocolate that have to be ground, preferably with a metate, of course, and then made into a refreshing drink. Thanks for taking me back to Mexico, however briefly!

Befriending the Dark

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I meant "buy," of course!

(Now I have to pass your word verification again. Dang!)

A Wild Thing said...

Hey girl, yup, a long time...I think about you guys everytime I see interesting shadows, but the time constraints keep me from joining in, I don't even blog as much as I used to, just too much going on, but it's so good to hear from ya.

I have a grinder just like that, I use it to grind my lavender buds for soap, or any other herbs, fun!

Take care old friend!

BLOGitse said...

I have a 'normal' marble mortar which I use quite often.
Great shadow shot of your treasure.
Have a good week!

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