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SKU: 452797

Cast-Iron Tortilla Press

Traditional press with excellent leverage—great for large quantities. Insert masa and with one press, a fresh tortilla. Powder-coated (non-leaded paint dried at 180° Celcius) to prevent rusting. Hand wash and dry immediately to prolong...Read More

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Traditional press with excellent leverage—great for large quantities. Insert masa and with one press, a fresh tortilla. Powder-coated (non-leaded paint dried at 180° Celcius) to prevent rusting. Hand wash and dry immediately to prolong rust-resistance. Use wax, plastic or parchment paper if sticking occurs.

Recipe for Homemade Tortillas:

Makes up to 24 tortillas
  • 2 cups masa harina (corn tortilla flour)
  • ½ cups warm water
  • ½ teaspoon salt (optional)
  • Vegetable oil (for brushing tortilla press)
Procedures:

Note: Follow directions on mesa package as some brands may require different amounts of water.

Whisk masa and salt in a medium to large bowl; let sit for 5 minutes. Stir in 1½ cups warm water; knead in bowl until dough forms. The dough should feel firm and springy. If the dough seems too dry or too wet, add a little more water or masa until the right consistency is achieved.

Roll a golf ball-sized portion of dough. Cut two pieces of wax paper into the shape of the tortilla press. Lay one piece of paper on the surface of the open press. Place the dough ball in the center and place another piece of paper over it. Press down until the dough has spread to a diameter of 6 inches. If tortilla crumbles, dough is too dry (add more water); if it sticks to the wax paper, dough is too wet (add more masa). Repeat, pressing out 2 more tortillas.

Heat a large cast-iron skillet or griddle over medium-high heat; lightly brush with oil. Cook 2–3 tortillas until charred in spots and edges start to curl, 1–2 minutes. Turn; cook through, about 15 seconds. Transfer to a kitchen towel or tortilla warmer lined with towel; fold over to keep warm. Repeat, in batches, with remaining dough. Serve immediately or refrigerate and reheat.

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  • Material: Cast Iron
  • Dimensions: 7" d
  • Made in Mexico

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  • Hand wash

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    Worked but disappointed
    We used our press for the first time the other night. It made decent tortillas but just before we finished the handle broke right off! We are so disappointed because we were really excited about this product.
    February 22, 2012
    Home~Made Tortillas Taste Best.
    This is a terrific product.I gave this to my sister~in~law because she Adores Mexican Cuisine. Please use parchement paper on top and bottom for ""ease"" of realese.May even need a bit of a mist of Canola oil or any Neutral oil.Great recipes on Authentic Masa Harina or any Food Grocery Stores that carry Mexican Foods. If watch Food Network Channel,key in ""Guy's Big Bite"" and search in recipes for Home~Made Tortillas.The Best have come across in a Long Time.Happy Cooking!Also, remember,smaller is better,and You ""roll"" into a ball before centreing and closing mechanism
    September 21, 2011
    Horrible quality!!!
    I received this press for Fathers Day, could hardly wait to try it out. The first 2 tortillas came out perfect! On my 3rd one, the entire handle broke off! I used a rolling pin for the remaining dough. Come on Sur La Table, I would have thought you offered better quality merchandise than this!! Looks like the same lack of quality as the ones offered by other vendors
    June 18, 2014
    Handle Broke!
    This worked great the first 2 times I used it. Then, last night, while I was making corn tortillas for dinner, the bottom plate snapped in half. It wasn't worth the money at all!
    July 25, 2014
    Broke on First Press
    I've held off on buying a tortilla press because I have only made flour and rolling is the preferred method. I decided to make corn for fathers day and this one from SLT looked like good quality.

    It arrived with no instructions, no tips, no recipes. Just a sticker with cleaning instructions. I had not recalled that SLT has a recipe on the website - too bad because even if they added a note with the product to check the website for details it would have been helpful.

    After picking another online recipe and getting everything prepped, setting the first ball down between two pieces of parchment, I closed the top, applied pressure, and snapped the bottom plate sheer across.

    Maybe it's a defect, maybe I have Herculean strength, but I don't see how I should have been able to break this thing on the first press. #Fai
    June 16, 2014
    BROKE on the first try
    Just used our new tortilla press last night and it broke after the eighth tortilla. It's not the hinge that's faulty---about a two inches of metal on the bottom plate shattered and the handle snapped off. Very low quality. Do not buy. Wish we had seen these reviews before making an impulse buy at Sur la Table... will not be buying anything from the store from now on!
    January 24, 2015
    handle broke off
    Used multiple times and then handle broke off. I thought since I bought it at Sur la Table it would have stood up a bit better, especially since it's cast iron.
    June 22, 2015
     

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    Why did you choose this?
    Sur La Table Store
    seemed a fun item - good price
    elizabeth m on May 11, 2016
    Love homemade tortillas
    Rosanna S on Apr 4, 2016
    seemed a fun item - good price
    elizabeth m on May 11, 2016
    It is what I have been looking for, and I really love the customer service from Sur la table
    Susan P on Apr 29, 2016
    Love homemade tortillas
    Rosanna S on Apr 4, 2016
    Needed to replace my old one. Works great but make sure to use plastic on the inside of the plates to make clean up easier and less sticking of dough.
    Christy R on Mar 11, 2016
    To help with making tortillas
    DIANE W on Mar 2, 2016
    From a friends wedding registry!
    Toniann P on Feb 23, 2016
    looks easy to press tortillas--affordable too
    Candace B on Dec 21, 2015
    Neighbor recommend
    Leslie S on Dec 19, 2015
    looks substantial and functional
    Nadine J on Nov 30, 2015
    We want to make homemade tortillas
    NANCY S on Nov 8, 2015
    Looking forward to trying something new in the kitchen.
    Mari S on Sep 22, 2015
    Will work out well with my meal replacement tortillas that I have been making and rolling out on a pizza stone.
    Denise N on Aug 9, 2015
    Affordable. I have nerve damage and it looks like it would be easy to handle. hands don't work well for roller.
    Dennis D on Aug 4, 2015
    Make tortillas the authentic way and know exactly what's going in them
    Just M on Jul 28, 2015
    it was on their registry
    Nicole I on Jun 5, 2015
    only one available
    Tim W on Jun 1, 2015
    I buy gluten free food, and I am tired of being price gouged when all I wanted was a taco or two. Gluten free flour tortillas are expensive! Also, Wal-Mart was priced more competitively, but their product was non-stick aluminum, which never lasts and usually winds up flaking. I do not like having to repurchase things frequently, so I figured a cast iron tortilla press was a better value.
    Evelyn S on May 3, 2015
    We eat a lot of Tortillas, This will be a great way to shape them and get the correct thickness for home baking.
    Ronda W on May 1, 2015
    I have been wanting to start making my own tortillas and am excited to try this. Loved that it was on sale
    RAMONA F on Apr 9, 2015
    I love homemade tortillas
    Susan C on Mar 10, 2015
    I tried to make rolled tortillas but the shape was all wrong. This will be perfect and it is cast iron!
    Donna A on Feb 1, 2015
    old press broke
    Elizabeth A on Jan 26, 2015
    we make tortillas at home, but they never quite come out like I want
    Debra M on Jan 14, 2015
    I am learning to cook authentic Mexican dishes and have not yet made tortillas from scratch. A chef friend of mine suggested "Bob's Red Hill, Masa Harina, Golden corn flour, It's the best available and organic! Can't wait to try it!
    CARY K on Jan 2, 2015
    my husband has always wanted a tortilla press - most are aluminum - this one is cast-iron and he loves fresh, home-made tortillas ..... its a belated christmas gift ..
    It is also recommended in Sunset magazine this month with a simple corn tortilla recipe!
    Margaret E on Dec 24, 2014
    my daughter wanted one
    Bea H on Dec 20, 2014
    For gift
    Audrey R on Dec 7, 2014
    Anything made fresh at home tastes better than the store bought preservative laden store variety.
    Richard G on Nov 16, 2014
    Outstanding Service
    Sherry F on Sep 13, 2014
    Gift for a friend
    Johanna M. W on Sep 2, 2014
    It is what I have been looking for, and I really love the customer service from Sur la table
    Susan P on Apr 29, 2016
    Needed to replace my old one. Works great but make sure to use plastic on the inside of the plates to make clean up easier and less sticking of dough.
    Christy R on Mar 11, 2016
    Does the press come with a recipe for the masa?
    A shopper on Nov 18, 2011
    BEST ANSWER: Anon:Hello. No,Ours did not. However,if a Member of Foodnetwork,great recipes from Alton Brown,Guy Feiri and Aaron Sanchez. {Masa Harina is mandatory for a great tortilla}
    Has Sur La Table fixed these quality issues yet? SLT should address this issue on this page: eg. "We have fixed the quality issues other reviewers were experiencing. The press is now much stronger"... etc.
    A shopper on Aug 23, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: Our press broke after a couple of uses. However, I guess at the price, we got what we paid for. I am not sure it was really made out of cast iron, perhaps cast aluminum or a mixture of something. I have found another that is made out of cast iron and it is three times as much but I think it will hold up much better in the long run.
     

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