Good press built in Mexico
I'm not sure how people break the handle off these things after reading reviews.
I ordered some legit nixtamal masa made from heirloom corn (not the masa harina junk in the store) and made my own tortillas for the first time. I'm a gringo but grew up and currently live in Southern California so I know a thing or two about Mexican food- I'm also an avid cook.
Tortilla making takes a little practice.
The masa needs to be wet but not sticking to your fingers. If it's too wet, mix in a little more masa (I use a stand mixer). If it's too dry, add a little more water. Tortillas need moisture to "puff" when frying. No puff, not enough moisture.
Take a gallon size ziplock freezer bag and cut it into two squares. Put one down on the bottom of the press and put another on top of the dough before you close it.
Roll the dough into a golf sized ball. Once you put the dough ball on top of the first plastic sheet, put the other one on top and squish it a bit. Gently close the top of the press and just using your hands, press it down. Using the handle to give it a little final press but fairly gently.
Open 180 degrees, press lightly, flip, press, rotate, press.
It takes a little practice but believe me, you can make tortillas as thin as you want with this press. If the tortilla is sticking to the press it might be too wet, or you pressed too hard, or its just TOO thin. Again, it takes a little experimentation. Check out some youtube videos.
Solid press- if your tortillas don't turn out the way you want, it's because of your skills. This press is awesome.
Very sturdy, it’s heavy actually. This is a good thing, helps to create a flat tortilla. Only negative is that it is slightly uneven toward the handle, but that is usually normal. Overall, very happy with the purchase!
I don’t just like it, I LOVE it! It’s easy to assemble and makes the tortillas flat and round. We’ve already made 10 and have only had it for a couple hours. Plenty of ideas on Pinterest for gluten free tortillas, too. Have some parchment paper, since otherwise the dough will stick to the press.
This press is the best I've ever used. It's heavy. Pressing down with little pressure gives you a very thin tortilla. This should last my lifetime. Build quality is perfect. Awesome press. Buy it and you will be happy you did. The review above me gave it a 1 star saying arm was broke. That's obviously from shipping