Masa Starter Kit

Masa Starter Kit

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So, you’re ready to upgrade your masa game but not quite ready to go from kernel to masa? We’ve got you covered. Built to puff, the Masa Starter Kit is the first step toward falling down the masa rabbit hole.

Each kit includes 2 x 2.2lb bags of Masienda’s top-selling Chef-Grade Masa Harina (each bag is good for about 84 puffworthy table tortillas) and the incomparable Doña Rosa x Masienda tortilla press.

Grade Masa Harina: How It’s Made

Masienda’s Chef-Grade Masa Flour begins with single-origin heirloom corn. Our white olotillo is sourced from the tropical (coastal) climes of Oaxaca, Mexico and our blue cónico is sourced from the highlands of Atlacomulco in Estado de México. This whole-kernel 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.

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.


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PLEASE NOTE: We are currently experiencing extended shipping timelines and all orders are expected to ship within 4-6 business days, US holidays excluded and regardless of shipping method (i.e, FedEx Ground versus USPS Priority Express). If you require expedited shipping, please email info@masienda.com. Thank you!

Additional Information

Options

Doña Rosa Press + 2 x Chef-Grade Masa Harina (White), Doña Rosa Press + 2 x Chef-Grade Masa Harina (Blue), Doña Rosa Press + 2 x Chef-Grade Masa Harina (White) + Gift Box, Doña Rosa Press + 2 x Chef-Grade Masa Harina (Blue) + Gift Box

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  1. Anita

    Anita (verified owner)

    The press is great and the masa harina delicious. Making tortillas is so much fun with proper equipment and high quality ingredients. Thanks Masienda!

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  2. Laura A.

    Laura A. (verified owner)

    Just made my first two tortillas. Tasty without added salt or any type of oil or fat. So glad you make the whole process of acquiring the needed materials with no hassle. When I opened the masa bag it brought back good childhood memories of tortilla 🌮making. Thanks 🙏🏽

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  3. Lindsay r.

    Lindsay r. (verified owner)

    this is both the only masa and tortilla press worth owning. I have used others successfully but this is an entirely different experience. I can now make the perfect tortillas found in Oaxaca and the masa! Unreal. Im so happy to have these products available here. Well done. Next on my list-mini tlayudas.

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  4. Jemma

    Follow the recipe (plus a little salt!) for the best tortillas

    Jemma (verified owner)

    The easy to memorize and easy to scale recipe works perfectly, and the masa is the best that I have tried with respect to consistency and flavor. The press is easy to use, clean, and store. After first use some of the paint chipped, but this superficial damage has had no negative impact.

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  5. Question

    Anna Castillo

    Where is the tortilla press is made? Thank you

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      Masienda (store manager)

      Hi Anna, thanks for asking! Our tortilla presses are made in Oaxaca Mexico, by Doña Rosa

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  6. Alicia F.

    Great kit - press & masa are 5 stars

    Alicia F. (verified owner)

    Nailing the puff on the first batch was awesome. You get the puff if you “seal” the edges of the tortilla, either with your fingertips if you don’t mind the heat, or with the edge of a spatula – puffs every time! Besides the puff, the flavor is amazing and the press makes it very easy to press the tortillas. I wish I had a huge comal so I could crank these out faster! I used a scale the first couple of times both for measuring the masa and water and then for measuring out the dough to form tortillas but now I can go by feel. I bought a bag of blue masa and can’t wait to try that either. The masa is so good, don’t think I’ll ever be able to switch back to a store bought brand.

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  7. Thomas

    Perfecting the puff

    Thomas (verified owner)

    Purchased this to help make tortillas and it makes the process so easy. The masa is really flavorful more so then what you’d get at the supermarket. Has a rich flavor of corn and the press was easy to use and looks amazing. Still working on getting the puff.

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  8. lpetitt50

    The Perfect Christmas Gift!

    lpetitt50 (verified owner)

    I bought this set for my daughter and her boyfriend AND my daughter’s best friends and HER boyfriend! They were so excited and mad wonderful tortillas as soon as they got home! Now I just have to wait to buy a set for myself!

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  9. Jeff Sutherland

    First timer

    Jeff Sutherland (verified owner)

    Awesome service, I had a small issue in shipping and the team handled it quickly with no issues. Product looks great and I am excited to try these tortillas. I will be ordering more supplies soon. It’s great to be able to support small business and individuals they support.

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  10. Ann Carlson

    The perfect gift!

    Ann Carlson (verified owner)

    I gave the kit to my master chef brother-in-law for Christmas and he immediately began churning out top quality tortillas. He says it’s the best gift ever,

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  11. Kaela

    Tortilla making dreams come true!

    Kaela (verified owner)

    I have always wanted to make my own tortillas at home. This start kit made it super easy, and the masa creates a delicious tortilla. It’s beautifully designed, and I know it’s the type of thing that’s going to be with me for my entire life. I love that I can have homemade, warm tortillas whenever I want now!

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  12. Veronica Hussar

    Authentic Corn tortillas made easy

    Veronica Hussar (verified owner)

    My mother never made tortillas, but growing up in Los Angeles I think I may have taken for granted all the delicious Mexican food at my finger tips. I moved to Rochester NY, and there are very limited options for Mexican food and I found that making my own is by far way better. I went from knowing how to make everything BUT tortillas, to completing my delicious Mexican home cooked foods with the freshest ingredients and best taste! The Masa transports and tastes nothing like store bought. I am sooooo happy I found Masienda! I love what they stand for, the simplicity of the tortilla press, and most of all how incredible and fresh their ingredients are and taste.

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  13. RAYMOND AGUILAR

    Best Tortilla Press and Masa Ever!

    RAYMOND AGUILAR (verified owner)

    I have always had trouble with making corn tortillas and eventually gave up until I tried this masa and press. The tortillas were amazing and the press made perfect tortillas. Not going back to any other press or masa.

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  14. Erin

    Great Starter Pack

    Erin (verified owner)

    I really LOVE this press. It’s beautiful and works very well. I like the large surface area. The masa can’t be beat. If you need a press you might as well get the masa that goes with it!

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  15. TC

    Great upgrade for both the tortilla press and the masa

    TC (verified owner)

    We purchased this Masa Starter Kit, upgrading both our existing tortilla press and store-bought masa. We highly recommend the kit since it truly makes a better tortilla at home!

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  16. Michele Stephens

    Delicious Tortillas!!!

    Michele Stephens (verified owner)

    My family LOVES these tortillas! The masa has a wonderful flavor, so fresh!! I’m so happy to have found this product…non GMO and with no pesticides!!! Making the tortillas is easy and a lot of fun. I’m sure young children would enjoy this! I bought an extra kit…it makes a great gift!

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  17. Alberto P

    All you need to do the best tortillas

    Alberto P (verified owner)

    I saw this and decided to purchase to replace my cheap tortilla press, it was definitely a great decision as the press gives the perfect squeeze to the masa to create the ideal thickness for a great puff. The press is heavy and the same as they use in the street markets in Mexico. The masa harina creates very tasty tortillas.

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  18. Matt

    Amazing Quality!!

    Matt

    Love the masa harina-so easy to use-and get such high quality results! The press looks great and also makes the whole process so simple. While I’ve nixtamalized my own corn, it’s not something I can do regularly. I love the “instant” quality of the masa – just wish you’d do some of the other enticing corn varietals as masa harina as well!

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  19. Kathy

    No more store bought tortillas!

    Kathy

    We received this set as a gift from my wonderful sister-in-law and her husband. It’s the gift that keeps on giving :). The press is really simple to use and the masa makes the most delicious tortillas. Took us a couple of tries to get the consistency right but now we have it down we can whip up authentic home made tortillas anytime! They take our soups and stews to a whole new level! Trust me once you try these you will never want store bought again!

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  20. Pat in Brooklyn

    This started kit saved me

    Pat in Brooklyn (verified owner)

    I bought this in March 2020 just as lockdowns began. I had never made my own tortillas before buying this kit, so I just read the recipe on the bag of masa and did what I was told. 20 minutes later I was making reasonable tortillas. After some additional YouTube viewing and refining the temp of my pan I started getting real soufflé lift on my tortillas. I’m by no means an expert, but I can consistently make delicious tortillas now. To be honest my success has more to do with Masienda’s incredible masa and their foolproof tortilla press than anything that I’m bringing to this. Thanks Masienda!

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  21. Mike W

    Outstanding

    Mike W (verified owner)

    I ordered the Masa Starter Kit and have not been disappointed. The tortilla press replaced a previous press that I had used for years, though the Dona Rosa press sold by Masienda does a vastly better job at producing a uniform tortilla. The masa is very high quality and makes the most amazing tortillas. Highly recommended!

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  22. Elsa

    Great for beginners or pros

    Elsa (verified owner)

    I gave this as a gift and it keeps on giving. Simple to use, nice looking and the quality of the masa is amazing. Highly recommend jt

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  23. Deborah Whitcomb

    Love this set!

    Deborah Whitcomb

    After our trip to Oaxaca I was looking for a press like we used in our cooking class. And, we wanted to share masienda masa with friends in LA. I was thrilled to find the set and we could do curbside pickup! The press is the bomb- and the masa is amazing!!! Maseca is never going to be our go to again!!!’

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  24. D.J. Rosebaugh

    So Happy!

    D.J. Rosebaugh (verified owner)

    I recently moved from Texas and close to many great tortillleria’s, and was really craving good corn tortillas. The tortilla press works so well and easy and is built like a tank. I questioned if it was worth so much more than the typical presses, and I can definitely say I’m glad I got this one! It takes little effort. Also, I love the flavor of the masa… it will be hard to ever eat store bough corn tortillas again.

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  25. James

    Incredible Tortillas!!!

    James

    The masa and the press was so easy to use. We had incredible tortillas on the very first round. This press is so much better than cast iron ones I have used in the past.

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      Masienda (store manager)

      Hi James, so glad to hear you like it!

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  26. Lisa W

    Beautiful and Functional

    Lisa W (verified owner)

    I have been shopping for a tortilla press for a few months, and finally landed on this one. I’m so glad I did. This press is very solid, has no weak points, and can press the tortillas very thin. The kit comes with enough tasty masa to get you well on your way to perfect homemade tortillas. Also, Masienda responded with blazing speed to a shipping issue, and everything got sorted out with zero problems. I highly recommend this kit and this company.

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    • Masienda

      Masienda (store manager)

      Thank you, Lisa! We appreciate your support and are so glad you’re enjoying the press!

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  27. Chris Bruneau

    Excellent

    Chris Bruneau (verified owner)

    I got sick of dry tortillas from the supermarket and looked into making my own. Masienda’s basic kit is great and the tortillas are delicious. It took me two tries to get the proportions of water to masa right and now the tortillas are really tasty and fresh.

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      Masienda (store manager)

      Thank you for your feedback, Chris! We’re so glad you are enjoying!

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