Chef-Grade Masa Flour (Harina) Red

Chef-Grade Masa Flour (Harina) Red

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Why “Chef-Grade”?

Since launching in 2014, Masienda has collaborated with top chefs to develop custom, in-house masa programs for their restaurants around the world. While these programs have helped spark a fresh masa movement in professional kitchens, we recognized early on that not all kitchens would have the physical space or resources to execute daily masa production. Masa flour (masa harina) was a convenient alternative, but the leading options left more to be desired, from sourcing to quality.

Masienda Chef-Grade Masa Flour was developed to solve this problem, crafted to deliver:

  • Superior Flavor–derived from Masienda’s single-origin supply chain and culinary (never industrial) approach to sourcing

  • Consistency–We individually dial in the cook, nixtamal and grinding processes for each scratch-made batch

  • Ease of Use–Just add water (no molino required)

How It’s Made

Masienda’s Chef-Grade Masa Flour begins with single-origin heirloom corn.

This whole-kernel red mushito 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.

Where it’s Sourced

Nestled in the heart of avocado country, this landrace where the mushito rojo is sourced has thrived in the highlands of Michoacán thanks to the indigenous Purépecha people. The landrace’s survival is reflected in the tenacity of the Purépecha people themselves–this indigenous community notably thwarted the Aztecs on numerous occasions, maintaining its independence throughout pre-Hispanic history.

On the spectrum of starch density, mushito is technically the lightest varietal we source for masa. It has been a staple at Masienda since day one, making for a soft, pliable tortilla, delicious corundas (a triangular, sometimes oval-shaped tamal from Michoacan), or any other masa-based dish, for that matter.

This masa harina translates to a warm pink hue with a natural earthiness, and is available for a limited time only. 

Though only available in 2.2lb bags, contact us at  orders@masienda.com for any wholesale inquiries.

Masa Directions

1 Chef-Grade Masa Flour : 1.4 Water* (by weight e.g., 1 kg : 1.4 kg)

If you do not have a scale, one packed cup of Chef Grade-Masa Flour requires approximately one scant cup of water (by volume).

Slowly add the water to the dry masa flour in a large bowl, stirring the masa to incorporate evenly by hand (you may also choose to use a standup mixer with paddle extension). Knead until the water is evenly incorporated and no dry, powdery spots remain. Add salt, spices and seasonings to taste (optional), evenly incorporating throughout finished masa. If aiming for a masa for tortillas, you want a finished masa that is moist to touch, but not tacky (leaving bits of wet masa on your hand and fingers).

Once prepared, use immediately, or rehydrate with additional water before use (if waiting several minutes before use).

Tortilla Note: For additional hydration during tortilla cooking process, we recommend using a spray bottle/mister to lightly hydrate each side of the tortilla (to prevent dryness and cracking).

*Warm water (~100 degrees F, or the hot setting on your faucet) is recommended, in order to begin blooming the natural flavor of the masa and to fully activate the small bits of pericarp (corn skin) in the masa flour (which help the masa bind, naturally).

Notes

1 lb of Chef-Grade Masa Flour yields approximately  2.4 lb of service-ready masa (38 tortillas, weighing 1 oz each before cooked—84 tortillas in each 2.2 lb bag of Masienda Chef-Grade Masa Flour)

Store in cool, dry place for up to a year.

Ingredients: Non-GMO heirloom corn (premium), trace of lime

* Water can be substituted with other liquids such as stocks, broths, juices etc., depending on the desired flavor. Spices may also be added. Masienda respects tradition while encouraging creativity for all cooks.

PLEASE NOTE: Orders received by 2pm PT will ship within 1-2 business days, US holidays excluded and regardless of shipping method (i.e, FedEx Ground versus USPS Priority Express). For example, orders received on or before 2pm PT on Tuesday will ship by Friday; orders received after 2 pm PT on Tuesday will ship out by Friday or Monday. If you require expedited shipping, please email info@masienda.com. Thank you!

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  1. Erica Russo

    Delicate flavor

    Erica Russo (verified owner)

    This was the masa harina I used for my second batch of tortillas. It behaves perfectly and makes a beautiful masa/dough. These yield an exceptional tortilla with a delicate, very faintly sweet, corn flavor. Loved them. The finished product is a charming pale dusty mauve/rose color.

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    😍😍😍

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    This masa has great flavor and makes wonderfully soft and flexible tortillas.

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  4. Gayle

    Gayle (verified owner)

    This was delicious – both an incredible smell and a delicious taste. I have not mastered the “puff” yet, but my guests loved the chips I made from the leftover tortillas.

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  9. Maria V.

    Maria V. (verified owner)

    Love this masa! Tortillas taste so good. Very easy to make. Never again will I buy store tortillas!

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  10. samuel g.

    samuel g. (verified owner)

    This masa is super duper high quality and extremely rare- making it a must-buy for me. I made a ton of tortillas with this stuff, all the magic puffs happened. Also made some tie-dye tortillas, using the masienda press, too. Will absolutely buy again.

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  11. Rachel S.

    Rachel S. (verified owner)

    WOW, Yes please cook me more

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  12. royce r.

    royce r. (verified owner)

    Amazing quality and I followed the recipe on Masienda and ended up with perfect tortillas.

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  13. Gerry Hernández

    Gerry Hernández (verified owner)

    The best masa harina in the game

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  14. Julie

    Julie (verified owner)

    Great company! This was a present, so I am not sure how well it works, but my son was VERY happy to receive it!

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    Maria Florencia (verified owner)

    I love this product. I appreciate you gave us the facility of having this quality of food.

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  16. Laurel H.

    Laurel H. (verified owner)

    Masienda’s masa flour has changed my tortilla making life. It is so much more flavorful than the stale bags at the grocery store! And the video tutorial on how to make a tortilla puff is perfectly helpful. Everyone who eats at my house loves Masienda.

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  17. Erin B.

    Erin B. (verified owner)

    Oh! This is my favorite of the three masa harina from masienda. I say it has a nutty flavor, and my husband says popped corn. I made a batch of their blanco, blue and this red to try them all side by side. We both love the red and hope it becomes a staple offering!

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  18. Michelle M.

    Michelle M. (verified owner)

    The best masa ever! We had been purchasing a name brand bagged masa from the grocery store and I thought we were fancy and our tortillas were pretty good but after trying Masiendas masa, the difference between texture, flavor and color is not even close! Masienda’s masa is superior so I’ve stocked our pantry with the yellow, blue and red masa. The blue is probably my favorite as it has a really smooth texture and the color is so beautiful. We make tortillas for friends when they come over and it’s always a hit. Also, I bought the masienda tortilla press too and that was also a game changer. Thank you for creating a superior product!!

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  19. Thomas

    Thomas (verified owner)

    A truly unique and wonderfully flavored masa. My son insisted I make only red tortillas until we ran out. “Good stuff you won’t find anywhere else!”

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  21. Robin

    Robin (verified owner)

    The bast masa harina on the market..this is the only place you should be buying it😉

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  22. Mike B.

    Mike B. (verified owner)

    Amazing flavor and really easy to work with!

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  23. Wayne W.

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    Love it!

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  24. Meggan W.

    Meggan W. (verified owner)

    Another home run from Masienda. Great flavor, supple texture. Nice addition to the blue and white I already had at home.

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