Spoon use and manufacture is widespread throughout Mexico. To prepare both sweet and savory foods in pans, pots and larger vessels, cooks often prefer spoons fashioned from pine, granadillo
wood; sizes and shapes vary by use: deeper spoons are needed to cook sauces and moles; rice requires a shallower implement. Spoons can be unadorned or carved, but are always finished in natural wood.
are preferably made of wood, or can be electrical, free-standing or—in Michoacán and Mexico State only—can take the form known as violín
. There are also metal whisks and natural woods beaters such as those used to make froth in the Veracruzan beverage known as popo
. Artisans fashion Mexico’s most beautiful hand-carved wooden grinders in Michoacán, Mexico State and Oaxaca. In Yucatán, hollow wooden chocolateras
have a built-in grinder on the top. Grinders are used to make chocolate and tejate
is a refreshing and aromatic pre-Hispanic beverage from Oaxaca, made with corn and cocoa.