Masa Hand Mill

Masa Hand Mill

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If you’re going to be milling nixtamal at home for scratch-made masa and aren’t yet ready to commit to a Molinito, this is the mill for you. A hand-cranked masa mill (aka corn mill) is a reliable, inexpensive, and straightforward alternative to basalt metates or electric molinos. We teamed up directly with Victoria, the maker of the most classic, timeless hand mill on the market, for this special product drop.

This mill still makes us nostalgic for our very first encounters with nixtamal, grinding at the dining room table, giddy with joy as we marveled at the transformation of corn into masa. You who are about to embark on the storied rite of nixtamal, this is the gateway mill for you. Welcome to #thirdwavemasa.

Tortilla puff pro tip: Contrary to our original thoughts on the matter, this mill is absolutely capable of producing masa that will achieve a tortilla puff. To begin, draw the metal plates as tightly as they will allow, and then open them up in the opposite (loose) direction with a half turn. Next, feed the nixtamal into the hopper. Give the mill a few cranks so that nixtamal is moving through the auger and the grinding plates. Once some nixtamal has passed through, tighten the grinding plates to their tightest position and crank away. A well-hyrdated nixtamal will help achieve the desired consistency on the first pass.

While additional passes through the mill can help produce an even finer masa, it can be difficult for the ground masa to travel through the mill for a second or third time. Provided you incorporate a little trickle of water as you mill your nixtamal, you should get puffable masa after the first pass.

Keep in mind that this masa will especially benefit from additional water in the mixing process that occurs in the next step of this kernel-to-masa sequence.

The metals used in this mill are 100% food safe. Each plate is made of white iron, while the body is composed of cast iron and tin coating.

The fastening clamp is easily adjustable to tables and boards between 1/2″ and 2″ thick and comes with a rubber edge protector that doubles for surface protection and prevents the mill from slipping during use.

Product Dimensions: 5.5″ x 6″ x 18.75″

Weight: 9.6 lbs

Masienda Heirloom Corn

We’ll choose 4 varietals (5 pounds each) from our expanding list of options for you to get started with and find your favorite.

Chef-Grade Cal

Nixtamalization: The process of cooking and steeping corn in an alkaline solution, usually water and cal. Developed thousands of years ago, this ancient Aztec technique removes toxins and frees up essential amino acids and nutrients that are not available in untreated corn. It improves the texture, flavor, aroma, nutrient density, and structure of the corn, allowing it to be ground into masa. That makes nixtamal an O.G. superfood. We’re getting you started with 8oz.

Nixtamal: A guide to masa preparation in the United States

This book is a brief distillation of our experiences with scientists, chefs, tortiller@s, journalists, academics and home cooks about nixtamalization, as well as answers to some of the frequently-asked questions that we receive at Masienda.

Partnering with Blair Richardson of MiniSuper Studio in Mexico City, we self-published this primer on nixtamalization. We have drawn on one notable academic and scientist, Amanda Gálvez, PhD, to highlight the nixtamalization basics, from history to science. We have similarly enlisted Lesley Téllez, a culinary tour guide and Mexican cookbook author, to help edit and contextualize this phenomenon for the home cook. And finally, we have featured several of the dynamic stateside chefs with whom Masienda has collaborated, each of whom approaches nixtamalization in a distinct and personal way.

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 we worked with this style of press, we 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, we’ve brought back as many of these handmade presses that our suitcases could carry. Entertained by our efforts, Doña Rosa eventually agreed to make a limited number of presses just for Masienda. For extra style and food safety, we 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.

Tortilladora Specifications:

Base Dimensions: 9.5” x 8.75”

Capable of producing tortilla diameter up to 6.5”

Weight: 10.4lbs

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.

SKU: masa-corn-grinder Category: SELECT OPTIONS

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MASA HAND MILL, 4 x 5LB CORN + 8OZ CAL + NIXTAMAL BOOK + MASA HAND MILL, 4 x 5LB CORN + 8OZ CAL + NIXTAMAL BOOK + DOÑA ROSA TORTILLA PRESS + MASA HAND MILL

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  1. Justin M.

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  2. Anonymous

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    Looks great. It’s a gift to my corn growing son and I haven’t heard back yet. I appreciate there was a choice of mills on your sight. Delivery was perfect!

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  3. Warrren Miller

    Warrren Miller (verified owner)

    It’s pretty rough around the edges. After cleaning and grinding some cheap beans (to get any manufacturing residue or loose bit out), there was still a bit of a grinding sound, even when empty.
    That said, I wasn’t able to find any metal in my food, so I’m not too worried. The hopper also has a bit of a gap between it and the mill body when it’s mounted; liquid will leak through that gap.
    The grind is fairly coarse and it’s pretty time consuming to mill fresh nixtamal, but I’ve used other hand mills so that wasn’t unexpected. Just make sure to set aside at least an hour if you want to do a few passes, even on a small amount of corn. Definitely expect to use a spoon or some sort of rod to shove masa into the auger.

    The tortillas I made were very tasty, certainly some of the best I’ve ever had. I couldn’t get them to puff, but this could be a variety of factors apart from the mill (I’m pretty new to this).

    In the end, it worked better than even a nice food processor for making masa. I’ve never had a chance to try one, but I’d imagine a metate y mano would be even harder; it certainly gives an appreciation for how hard people must have worked for their masa back in the day.

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  4. Jay E.

    Jay E. (verified owner)

    So I’m kind of mixed here. I have used a Victoria red box for years. I was looking for an upgraded hand mill. What I can tell you about the product. It does a great job with some elbow grease. I’m getting the puff from 2 passes. Pro tip: add water between first and second grind. I do use the stand mixer paddle technique as shown in the how to video and I press my tortillas only once with the doña. As for the low stars I give 4 for overall product quality. I give a 1 for product information because I would not have made the purchase had I known I was buying the same thing. Also to me the pictures give the impression that the masa shield is metal not plastic. It’s not worth returning because of the shipping.

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    • Masienda

      Masienda (store manager)

      Hi Jay, thanks for the feedback and tips! We’ve had some luck getting a fine grind capable of a tortilla puff on the first pass by adding water during the grind and mixing in a little afterward to help with the moisture content. I apologize for any confusion regarding the product information! If we can be of any additional service please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at info@masienda.com
      -Tony

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  5. Richard W.

    Richard W. (verified owner)

    Arrived in beautiful condition. I’ve been watching this grinder elsewhere for more than twice the price. The savings has covered my shipping costs.
    Thank you Masienda!

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