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Tortilla Press
January 29, 2010
11:33 am
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Pete
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After the experience yesterday with making corn tortillas using a cast iron skillet as a press, then discovering that this will most definitely not be the last time we make tortillas at home, it was an easy decision to make – we MUST have a tortilla press!

Any ideas out there?  Did find this article to help decide whether to get a wood, aluminum or cast iron one: http://tortillapress.info/

But all around, you still can't beat a cast iron one like this: http://store.gourmetsleuth.com/pDetail.asp?p=434

It's all soooo confusing! 

Yesterday was my first effort at making tortillas at home.  The difference is incredible, as Suzanne told us with her instructions for flour tortillas.  Using the flat iron skillet worked just fine as far as the resulting product went, but it was a real work out for the arms, back, and even the tummy.  All fine and good, except that the arthritic wrists will not accept any more punishment like that.

Anulos qui animum ostendunt omnes gestemus!

January 29, 2010
12:13 pm
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I'm wanting to do this, and I'll probably use a homemade press.  What's holding me up is finding someone around here who sells the masa harina!

Clover made me do it.

January 29, 2010
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I found many different plans for making a wooden one……… that's the route I would go, just because I have everything on hand to make one.

I had a spanish roommate in college……oh my, we had homemade tortillas everyday!  Too bad she decided college life wasn't for her  Cry  But anyhow, she had a cast iron one, it was quite easy to use.  And just for the fact that I love cast iron, if I didn't make my own, I would have cast iron.

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

January 29, 2010
1:36 pm
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I'll be waiting a very long time for a home made one!  Evidently it should be made from a hard wood.  That is a great idea, though.

Am thinking that the cast iron may be my best bet because it requires less force to do the actual press.  But then, it weighs more for moving and storage.

My masa was acquired locally.  Maybe even from WalMart.  I don't buy much there, but they have a good selection of canned peppers, masa, etc.  I was very pleased with this Maseca brand.  It was called “Instant” masa flour, but the only ingredient was corn and there was the recipe for tortillas on the package, so I gave it a try.  After looking it up on their website, it was indeed just what we need for tortillas and a lot of other things.  http://www.mimaseca.com/en/productos/

In any case, the Instant variety produced a fairly fine textured tortilla.  I really liked it.  The regular masa may yield a courser texture?

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January 29, 2010
4:51 pm
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Well I think I am a better Mexican than many Mexicans….Mine is the cast iron.  They are very common around here but I would hate to have to pay the shipping for them because they are heavy…I wonder if King Arthur has them because they are having a free shipping sale.  I think either of the other ones would work but the cast iron will last forever.  I actually have never seen the others.  I will say also that they are as easy to roll out as pie dough.  For corn tortillas I use the press with two sheets of plastic…one on top and one on bottom….but the flour tortillas I just roll out…easy peasy.

Pete…here's another ophttp://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_24?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=cast+iron+tortilla+press&sprefix=cast+iron+tortilla+press


January 29, 2010
8:04 pm
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A cast iron tortilla press sounds REALLY NICE.  Maybe I should ask Santa….  Christmas is a long time away.  Oh wait, I have a birthday coming up! Happy Flower

Clover made me do it.

January 29, 2010
8:22 pm
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I just got online (Amazon-no shipping charges) and ordered mine with the tortilla warmer.  I can't wait to make my own corn tortillas for chicken and green chile enchiladas!!! 

January 29, 2010
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oh my…. that's very tempting!

Clover made me do it.

January 30, 2010
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Suzanne said:A cast iron tortilla press sounds REALLY NICE.  Maybe I should ask Santa….  Christmas is a long time away.  Oh wait, I have a birthday coming up! Happy Flower


If I was a Psychiatrist,.Im sure that should tell me something about youConfused If I had bought a kitchen utensil for a birthday present..Im pretty sure that I would have got the STARELaughpossibly just before some other form of punishmentLaugh Like wearing it.

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January 30, 2010
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Oh but Chris – there is a difference between gifting a kitchen tool because YOU think it's a good idea and gifting a kitchen tool that is wanted and requested/hinted at. And it needs to come with a non-domestic pretty of some kind. You know, ANOTHER gift LOL

Men!

(rofl….)

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January 30, 2010
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I guess I'm supposed to be taking note of this little discussion ??   Bug Eyed  Wink

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January 30, 2010
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LOL ya think ????

How much easier could it get? Even the 'best price, no shipping' gets researched for you, here Wink

You have your own personal assistant pool here! LOLOL!

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January 30, 2010
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Boy, won't Suzanne be surprised !!  ( Hi Suzanne—–Wave)

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January 30, 2010
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If common sense were truly common, wouldn't there be more evidence of it?

January 30, 2010
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And what's wrong with getting kitchen toys, oooppps, utensils for a gift?  I LOVE kitchen stuff!

One year I requested a pair of electric “hedgers”, for trimming our bushes.  I guess I'm a little “different”…..

but, I know I have a lost twin sister……Hi Ang!Wave

January 30, 2010
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Well I was only married for 40 years,just getting the hang of itSurprised

Dede,gotcha, Tortilla Press and a Porche

52, You got it made Bro,Tortilla Press and a BarnLaugh

Im a lonely little Petunia in a Cabbage patch

January 30, 2010
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My sides are splitting from laughter.  You are all too funny.  I don't have a DH to buy me gifts so I do it for myself.  My best gifts to myself are always for the kitchen!!

January 30, 2010
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A bit old school here as well.  If it has an electric cord attached, it's not a gift!  Of course we are now at the stage of life that pretty much if you can't wear it or eat it, there is no sense buying it for either of us…

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January 30, 2010
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ChrisUK said:

Well I was only married for 40 years,just getting the hang of itSurprised

Dede,gotcha, Tortilla Press and a Porche

52, You got it made Bro,Tortilla Press and a BarnLaugh


Don't forget the cow !!!  Sleepy Cow

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January 30, 2010
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If someone—Chris ?—-would like to donate a barn kit, I'll put it together !!!

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