So, you’re ready to upgrade your masa game but not quite ready to go from kernel to masa? We’ve got you covered. Built to puff, the Masa Starter Kit is the first step toward falling down the masa rabbit hole.
Each kit includes 2 x 2.2lb bags of Masienda’s top-selling Chef-Grade Masa Harina (each bag is good for about 84 puffworthy table tortillas) and the incomparable Doña Rosa x Masienda tortilla press.
Each kit comes with:
- 2x 2.2lb bags of Masienda’s top-selling Chef-Grade Masa Harina (each bag is good for about 84 puffworthy table tortillas)
- 1 Doña Rosa x Masienda tortilla press (we can’t recommend it enough!)
Chef-Grade Masa Harina: How It’s Made
Masienda’s Chef-Grade Masa Flour begins with single-origin heirloom corn (white olotillo) sourced from the tropical (coastal) climes of Oaxaca, Mexico. This whole-kernel corn is gently cooked and steeped in slaked lime (alkaline) water, an ancient technique known as nixtamalization. This process softens the corn, imparts calcium and activates the essential amino acids and vitamin B3 found naturally in each kernel. The kernels (now nixtamal) are then ground into a fine masa, or dough.
For Masienda Chef-Grade Masa Flour, the masa then undergoes a low-and-slow drying process, which makes for a finished, shelf-stable masa flour that carefully preserves the flavor and nutrients of a freshly-milled masa. With the simple addition of warm water*, the masa is transformed into the foundation for hundreds of dishes, including corn tortillas, tamales, tostadas and other delicious preparations.
Doña Rosa x Masienda Tortilla Press
Deep in the labyrinthine heart of Oaxaca’s Central de Abastos, Doña Rosa has been selling tortilla presses to locals for longer than she can recall. From the first time they worked with this style of press, they have consistently marveled at how such a simple, seemingly straightforward tool could make such an outsized impact on a finished tortilla. Unavailable in the US, its pure heft and tight calibration make a range of tortilla thicknesses possible (where every other commercially-available press falls disappointingly short).
Upon multiple special requests over the years, they’ve brought back as many of these handmade presses that their suitcases could carry. Entertained by their efforts, Doña Rosa eventually agreed to make a limited number of presses just for Masienda. For extra style and food safety, they commissioned the presses uncoated and imported them to Los Angeles, where we had them professionally powder coated with FDA-approved paint.
Years in the making, the Doña Rosa x Masienda tortilladora collaboration is ready for its debut.
Base Dimensions: 9.5” x 8.75”
Capable of producing tortilla diameter up to 6.5”
Disclaimer: These are handmade tortilla presses with subtle imperfections. Use caution when opening and closing the lid, minding its edges and corners, which can be sharp. Paint may wear in high-contact areas after extensive use. Handle with care.