Find out which special utensils you’ll need on hand during cooking.
15 May 2013 - 6:09 PM  UPDATED 6 Sep 2013 - 9:31 AM

Tortilla press

Known as a tortilladora, a tortilla press is a simple metal or wooden object with a base, top, and handle used to make corn tortillas. A comal, a cast-iron griddle pan or small skillet may also be used.


A wooden implement used to froth hot chocolate. It is rolled between the palms and is acts in a similar way to a whisk.


A must-have for the South American kitchen for ensuring finely chopped salsas, smooth soups, and cocktails mixed with ice. 


Metates are lava rock grinding stones from Mexico. They are similar to a mortar and pestle, but the porous rock surface of the metate gives salsas a much richer flavour.