Tortilla Press or Maker????????HELP

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2004/08/02 14:53:28 (permalink)

Tortilla Press or Maker????????HELP

I want to start to make my own large tortillas but I don't know where to start. I have checked online and found 10 inch tortilla maker(press+cooker) for around $60 but I am looking for bigger. Does anyone know where I can find a 12 inch press or maker or even a bigger one for a reasonable price?

Also are these "makers" any good?

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    Lucky Bishop
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    RE: Tortilla Press or Maker????????HELP 2004/08/02 18:26:04 (permalink)
    Actually, tortilla makers are terrible. They only do one thing and they don't do it very well. Don't waste your sixty bucks. Get a good solid rolling pin and a Lodge cast iron two-burner grill pan, the kind that's flat on one side and ridged on the other. Use the rolling pin to roll out the tortilla the old-fashioned way -- the thinner the better -- and then flip them onto the flat side of the griddle over low heat for about 30-45 seconds a side. No muss, no fuss, and at most, you've spent maybe 35 bucks, on two things that you'll use for dozens of things. (For one thing, you'll never make pancakes any other way after you've used one of these bad boys.)
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    RE: Tortilla Press or Maker????????HELP 2004/08/02 18:44:47 (permalink)
    And if Lucky Bishop's idea dont work, try looking up Superior Products or Central Restraunt Products on the web... I beleive I've seen them in their wholesale catalog... Though I like Bishops Idea, how many tortillas can one man toss out using that method an hour??
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    RE: Tortilla Press or Maker????????HELP 2004/08/02 23:31:08 (permalink)
    Takes me about five to seven minutes to roll two dozen, so figure about 18 dozen in an hour. Even I rarely need a gross and a half of tortillas at a time, though!
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    RE: Tortilla Press or Maker????????HELP 2004/08/03 11:09:33 (permalink)
    Thanks for the info...
    I looked into the two burner griddle and saw that they are ususally 10 inch wide. If I want to make a 12inch tortilla would i need a 4 burner griddle pan?
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    RE: Tortilla Press or Maker????????HELP 2004/08/03 11:18:43 (permalink)
    also why is cast iron so good???
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    RE: Tortilla Press or Maker????????HELP 2004/08/03 12:44:22 (permalink)
    Cast iron is good because it both retains heat and distributes it evenly, which means that it's much easier to regulate the temperature you're cooking at.

    I have often made 12" and larger tortillas on my two-burner griddle: all you have to do is rotate the tortilla 90 degrees when you flip it, so that the sides that were on the edges at first get some time in the center as well. Really good tortillas are very thin and are almost entirely cooked even before you flip them, so they won't be raw or anything.
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    RE: Tortilla Press or Maker????????HELP 2004/08/04 09:53:02 (permalink)
    So i bought the stuff and plan on experamenting tonight. Only question now is that I found recipes but some ask for "low gluton" flour and some don't metnion that. Should i be using low gluton flour?????
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    RE: Tortilla Press or Maker????????HELP 2004/08/04 15:56:22 (permalink)
    I've made 'em with low-gluten flour, with all-purpose flour and with bread flour. Honestly, the flavor differences are minute and the low-gluten ones were a pain to work with because the dough was so soft. Regular AP flour is just fine.
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    RE: Tortilla Press or Maker????????HELP 2004/08/04 17:56:12 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by bakwoi

    So i bought the stuff and plan on experamenting tonight. Only question now is that I found recipes but some ask for "low gluton" flour and some don't metnion that. Should i be using low gluton flour?????



    Let us know how your Experimental Batch #1 comes out! Curious to hear on your Trials on Errors now!
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    RE: Tortilla Press or Maker????????HELP 2004/08/12 09:44:46 (permalink)
    Sorry for the delay but stuff came up and I was able to finally do my first attempt last night.

    Everything was going fine till the rolling part. some came out round i guess, but it was extrememly hard to give them an even consistency. I cooked them in a pretty big frying pan and they tasted good and all but there would be no way i'll be able to use them for burritos. Just to deformed.

    ANY TIPS...PLEASE
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    RE: Tortilla Press or Maker????????HELP 2004/08/12 14:25:35 (permalink)
    Always roll from the middle out. Also, are you letting the dough rest for about half an hour before you try rolling it?

    Other than those two things, only practice will give you round tortillas.
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    RE: Tortilla Press or Maker????????HELP 2004/08/12 15:34:02 (permalink)
    I wouldn't mind giving this a stab. What's the recipe? And are they good the next day?
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    RE: Tortilla Press or Maker????????HELP 2004/08/13 12:14:56 (permalink)
    Hey Theedge

    I am not a expert or anything but I used 2 cups flour, 1/4 cup vegetable shortening, 1/2 tsp salt(think u need a lil more though), 1/2 tsp baking powder, and 3/4 cup of water(think you need a lil more)

    mix all dry ingredients in bowl, add water slowly while mixing. once its like dough then you kneed for like 2-3 minutes, make balls outta the dough, around 8 then let em sit for 30 minutes. then you just roll em out(make sure u got flour on rolling pin and surface). Throw em on the skillet or grill pan, has to be pretty hot i used a very good frying pan.

    Let it sit for like 30 sec, you will see it start to bubble then flip it over for another 20-30 seconds

    there should be little brown spots on em. And yes they are very good the next day, maybe even better
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    RE: Tortilla Press or Maker????????HELP 2004/08/13 13:35:46 (permalink)
    Thanks for your reply - I will give this a try.
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    RE: Tortilla Press or Maker????????HELP 2004/08/17 17:33:38 (permalink)
    Ever do corn tortillas? I finally found masa harina, but haven't done anything with it.
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    RE: Tortilla Press or Maker????????HELP 2004/08/23 08:36:14 (permalink)
    Well I made corn tortillas yesterday...a frustrating adventure. I did them without a tortilla press, and had trouble with the roundness factor, and tearing at the edges. I got the hang of it towards the end, and cranked out a dozen mutant tortillas, that worked for my enchiladas.

    Anybody with any corn tortilla experience out there ?
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