Molinito

Molinito

$1,850.00

Great news! Orders are now being fulfilled within 1-2 weeks of order date (previously 12-16 weeks)! For international shipping inquiries, please send us a note to info@masienda.com.

Molinito = A diminutive molino (stone mill)

Whether manual or mechanized, we have yet to find a better piece of technology for grinding nixtamal into masa than the traditional surface derived from volcanic rock (basalt). Whereas blenders, hand-cranked mills and food processors use metal blades or plates to simply cut the contents inside, a proper volcanic stone mill cuts, mashes, kneads and even mixes the contents together for a well-integrated mass. Welcome to that heavenly puff that tortilla dreams are made of.

For as long as there has been a masa industry in the US, however, the stone molinos available to the public have been designed for large-scale factories. For perspective, most molinos are larger in size than the average American’s kitchen refrigerator. Needless to say, this has historically discouraged professional chefs and home masa cooks from directly participating in the storied rite of masa making from nixtamal. Until now.

Molinito is the first molino of its kind to be created for professional and home use, using fully stainless steel components that respond directly to the unique demands and spatial limitations of the working kitchen. It is light, nimble and tastefully efficient.

Think of Molinito as an OG Vitamix or Robot Coupe with an even wider range of functions; most notably, it makes excellent masa possible, which the others cannot. Additionally, Molinito may be used to make moles, flours, chile and spice pastes.

Now we’re grinding.

Each Molinito comes with:

  • Lifetime 15% discount (off wholesale pricing) on all Masienda heirloom corn. 
  • 2 sets of stones. We recommend using one set of stones at a time; this way, when one set is worn down, you have a fresh replacement set to hold you over until your original set has been serviced. Masienda offers stone servicing plans for all Molinito customers.

Masienda is proud to exclusively distribute Molinito internationally.

Specifications

Molinito weight: 92 lbs
Shipping weight: 143 lbs
Surface Materials: Stainless steel 304
Motor: 1 HP, 110-127 Volts
Stones: 5” (Two sets of volcanic stones included, forged in Puebla, MX) 8lbs. per pair
Production Capacity: 45-50 lbs/hr
Made collaboratively across both sides of the border.

Molinito Unit Dimensions: 26.5″ (l) x 14.5″ (w) x 18″ (h)

Shipping

Molinito will ship via LTL common carrier secured in a crate on a pallet, and will include a liftgate upon delivery, if required. Based on shipping efficiencies, you can include up to (4) x 55lb bags of heirloom corn or beans at no additional cost! Any additional items ordered with Molinito will ship separately.

For international purchases, please reach out to info@masienda.com.

Disclaimer: Molinito is a powerful tool that must be used with caution. All purchases are final.

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  1. Question

    Lourdes Alvarez

    What is the warranty on this product?

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      Masienda (store manager)

      Hi Lourdes, Thank you for your question. Our Molinito comes with a six month manufacturer defect warranty. But please know we’re at your service to help support for any issues that come up beyond that time. -Steven

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    Lourdes A.

    What is the warranty on this product?

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      Masienda (store manager)

      Hi Lourdes,

      Thank you for your question. Our Molinito comes with a six month manufacturer defect warranty. But please know we’re at your service to help support for any issues that come up beyond that time.

      -Steven

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  3. Question

    Margaret Teskey

    This might defeat the purpose but I’m curious about the answer anyway… If you make a lot of dough, is it possible to freeze it and if so, how does the dough hold up?

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      Masienda (store manager)

      Hi Margaret,

      Thank you for your question. You can absolutely freeze masa dough to increase its shelf life. It can take a while to defrost and likely will need water added to bring up the moisture level. But it certainly can be an option.

      – Steven

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  4. Question

    Chen

    It’s enough for a shop? I also need a sheeter head.

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      Masienda (store manager)

      Hi Chen,

      Thank you for your interest. The Molinito can be perfect for shops depending on amount needed, it can yield apporx. 45 lb. of masa per hour. Though there are no attachments for it. A sheeter would need to be purchase separately.

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  5. Matt Diaz

    Revolutionary

    Matt Diaz

    I have had the Molinito since the first run in early 2020. Over covid I used this machine at home to make fresh masa and found it to be incredible, producing a super fine grind. Since then, I have opened and operated a masa based business for over a year, milling literally thousands and thousands of pounds of corn in the meantime. This machine DOES NOT QUIT! We are still using the same machine day in day out. I recommend it to any home chef / masa enthusiast, as well as any professional chef who wants to start a masa program in their restaurant. The quality of tortilla you can produce with this in unparalleled and will eventually become the new standard for tortillas. Very excited to see how this machine redefines who can produce fresh masa and all of the creative, beautiful dishes people make with it!!!! 10/10

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  6. Question

    Uju

    Hello,
    Please is the Molinito machine used exclusively to only grind wet corn? Note: I do not intend to use it to grind any dry product.
    Please Can you give me a list of other “wet” food products that can be grinded with the Machine?

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      Masienda (store manager)

      Hi Uju,

      Thank you for your question! The Molinito can actually be used to grind a variety of dry and wet items. From chiles to ingredients for mole to wheat. The tightening knob enables a preferred texture level to be set allowing you to grind wet and dry items coarse or very fine depending on the need. One thing to note is that items with high resin content don’t fare well as it tends to gum up between the stones and auger. Should you have any other questions feel free to reach out to us at info@masienda.com
      Best–Tony

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  7. Question

    Saki

    Hi, is it available to ship this machine to Japan? (100V)
    And could I get the manual before order?

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      Masienda (store manager)

      Hi Saki, thank you for your question! Yes our standard version of the Molinito is capable of functioning on voltages up to 110v. We are more than happy to send a manual prior to Molinito delivery, once purchased. For any questions prior to ordering please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at info@masienda.com and we’d be happy to help.

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  8. Question

    Mats

    Is there a version for Europe (230v) available?

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      Masienda (store manager)

      Hi Mats, yes there is! Please feel free to reach out to our team at info@masienda.com for more details.

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  9. Question

    Ben

    Can this molino be used to make tamal masa and mole´?

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      Masienda (store manager)

      Hi Ben, yes it can! The grinding sizes can be coarse or fine and will also work for mole.

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  10. Question

    Jesse

    Can the molinito be used for grinding dry corn? Polenta, flour etc.

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      Masienda (store manager)

      Hi Jesse,

      Thank you for your question! We don’t recommend it as the Molinito is designed for wet milling.

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  11. Kent Tomita

    Absolute game changer

    Kent Tomita (verified owner)

    The last 20 years I have been using a modified Chinese Rice grinder to grind my corn for tamales.Where I live the closest tortilla factory is 150 miles away…….
    I’ve been using my Molinito for about a month now and I can’t be more ecstatic! Easy to use and Clean! It makes the best masa !! I can get it very fine for Tortillas or adjust it a touch courser for my tamales.I’m also extremely pleased with the 3 varieties of heirloom corn i’ve used i can’t wait to try more! It was a long wait but well worth it. The machine is simple design and should last a very long time so happy I bought one.

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  12. Question

    Eliot

    Quick follow up question: how much masa harina is produced an hour.? I suppose the original question should have been how much masa harina will i be able to make on a set of stones ? 🙂 thanks again

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      Masienda (store manager)

      Hi Eliot, thanks for your follow up questions. One hour of use can produce approximately 40lbs. of fresh masa, extrapolating that would give you about 3,600 pounds of masa before needing to change your stones.

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    Eliot

    How long can i expect the grinding stones to last?

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      Masienda (store manager)

      Hi Eliot, thanks for your question. Under moderate use (less than 1 hour a day) you can expect to need to re-grind or purchase a new set in 3-4 months.

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    Arturo Bustillos

    Hola,
    Se puede comprar y enviar a Vancouver, BC?

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      Masienda (store manager)

      Hola Arturo, por supuesto que podemos. Envíe un correo electrónico a info@masienda.com para obtener más detalles

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  15. Olivia Rosas Lopez,

    The wait is worth it!

    Olivia Rosas Lopez, (verified owner)

    Finally started grinding with my molinito. Im very happy with the results.
    The masienda team has been very flexible working with me and keeping me updated.

    The molinito works great, the masa result I got its perfect. Already made some tortillas!
    Their heirloom corn I’ve got from them is beautiful as well. 🇲🇽🌽❤

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  16. Question

    James Meraz

    Where can we order parts

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      Masienda (store manager)

      Hi James, thank you for reaching out. For any questions regarding parts or troubleshooting your Molinito please reach out to info@masienda.com and we’ll be happy to help.

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  17. Vegard Sætre

    Life saver 💪🏻

    Vegard Sætre

    Starting my grinding career with a small hand cranked mill, sweating and muscle cramps for hours I was ready for an upgrade. I had been searching for a big size molino for some time, but this is not easy to send all the way to Norway. When I heard that Masienda were developing a table top Molino, I knew I had to have one. The communication with Masienda couldn’t be better, service minded and delivering on all your needs. When I finally recieved the Molinito, it was much better than expected. Easy to use, easy to understand, easy to clean, easy to move around. What used to take hours of grinding by hand, now only takes a couple of minutes. And the quality of masa that comes out is better than I have ever experienced before.

    If you have limited space, this is exactly what you need if you are looking for a molino.

    Perfect product!

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  18. Ignacio Basauri

    La tortilla es la que hace el taco

    Ignacio Basauri (verified owner)

    Ever since moving to the States in 1993 I’ve been in search of the perfect taco. What a fruitless endeavor until I found Masienda, and with it, el Molinito and all the corn varieties -Mexican, of course- that my aging memory contains. With El Molinito my search is over, and only because after all these years I finally came back to my abuela’s litany “mi’jito, al taco lo que lo hace taco, es la tortilla” And so it’s at Masienda where I’ve found the perfect taco, and El Molinito is the starting point, an easy to use machine which allows me to use nixtamal in all its poetic perfection. The grinding is absolute beauty. The resulting masa is like having your firs-born child all over again. But the most moving experience is navigating Masienda’s website and finding all the corn varieties you can dream of -Mexican, of course. Tortillas, huaraches, chalupas, gorditas, memelas, tlayudas, flautas, corundas, tamales, atole, champurrado, tostadas pues. You know what I mean. All possible with El Molinito, and Masienda. Échele!

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  19. Nubian Franklin

    Cutting Edge

    Nubian Franklin (verified owner)

    Before purchasing molinito, I had the privilege of having a friend who actually had one and I found myself using it more than he did. I’ve used a larger, Molino only once prior to beginning the journey. Otherwise I’ve always used the common hand crank grinder which is a beautifully laborious process. At any rate molinito at first can be discouraging and intimidating. It just isn’t something you turn on and it works magic, it truly is a tale of trial and error especially trying to achieve a more fine grind. After 10 plus times of reading and re-reading the manual and just getting comfortable overall with our process we finally were able to achieve immaculate masa on a consistent bases. This is something you should handle with care and it will definitely take care of you. It’s only as good as it’s care taker. I’m so fortunate I got the opportunity to work with and finally own this wondrous piece of technology. For the person truly passionate about having the best quality masa and starting the small business with limited space or whatever reason for your purchase, it’s nothing short of a blessing to have in the kitchen. keep grinding!????

    (P.S. no masa is ever ruined no matter how corse it may turn out it can always be used for other things like fried arepas or tamales, the possibilities are endless, so don’t think of a mistake as a failure you can possibly create something entirely new.)

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  20. Anthony

    Life Changing

    Anthony (verified owner)

    I’ve been manually grinding corn for 5 years. I’ve been looking for years for a molino, but I just don’t have space. I was skeptical when I first heard of Molinito, being so compact and being a counter-top device. It absolutely exceeded my expectations when I passed my first batch of nixtamal through it. The first batch was 5 lbs of cooked corn. The finished masa was superior to anything I could’ve milled using my two arm-cranked mills. The time it takes to set-up, mill, and clean is 75% more efficient than I produce the same amount of masa from the manual molinos (not even including the time to clean those)!

    The tutorial videos and the manual are really helpful to prepare you for first run with Molinito. Definitely, watch and read the materials if you are inexperienced with powered molinos.

    The thing Molinito has really changed for me is having the time and capacity to adjust my nixtamalization process. For milling to not wear me out every time, I can start tasting varieties side-by-side, different soak times and solutions, etc. (so much geeking out!) I can’t wait to start producing more masa post-pandemic. I’ve been giving masa away just so I can use it!

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  21. Sheila

    Perfect masa every time, quick and easy

    Sheila (verified owner)

    I’ve had Molinito for a couple of months now, and have been loving it! Before Molinito, my husband could get good puffing tortillas from our homegrown corn, but it was a workout – three passes through the old Estrella hand-crank. Too much for me! Now, with Molinito, I can get perfect masa, both with our own corn and Masienda’s excellent heirloom Mexican varieties, in no time flat, without breaking a sweat. Simple to operate and easy to clean. Hallelujah! Thank you, Masienda!

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      Masienda (store manager)

      Hi Sheila, thank you so much for your kind review! We’re so glad to hear that it’s helping you save time and effort, wishing you many delicious tortillas.

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  22. Anthony Deluze

    Masa with ease!

    Anthony Deluze

    Love this product!!! As a small organic farmer and value added product producer, I have used my share of mills even had some home made. The molinito is by far the best mill I have used. The out put of this little mill is beyond the specs and size. I can see alot of thought went into it. The ease of use and the ease of cleaning it up makes for quick and thorough quality product. Traditional quality with modern efficiency. Huge win! Thank you so much for creating this product Masienda crew!! I now want to and can bow be capable to make masa as much as i want. Worth every penny this molinito is and INVESTMENT.
    happy I got it.

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      Masienda (store manager)

      We’re so glad you’re loving it! Wishing you many more delicious tortillas

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  23. Justin

    It's a must get!!

    Justin (verified owner)

    literally the best machine ever!!! Been looking for a long time to find something that can do what molinito does. Could not believe how easy it was to use and the quality of masa that it made! Couldn’t be happier with my purchase of molinito. Anyone looking to get into making their own tortillas should totally make the investment in getting one!!

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  24. Jesus Bravo

    Masa revolution

    Jesus Bravo (verified owner)

    I’ve been looking for something like this for years. It’s exceeded my expectations. The molinito is a game changer for me. There is no better product available for making masa. Will be testing it out soon for mole and chocolate.

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      Masienda (store manager)

      We’re so glad you’re getting such good use out of it. Let us know how the mole turns out!

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  25. Mike Ogbin

    Molinito par excellent!

    Mike Ogbin

    The most wonderful ‘herramienta’ tool ever to have graced our countertop. I have searched for years for something like this. It wet grinds with one pass through to a fine masa dough ball that makes the most wonderful tasting bonafide tortillas! The corn varieties are amazing. Also I have searched for years each corn variety has its special uses. This company is a wonderful company to deal with. Trust me!

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  26. Chef Kevin Taylor

    KEEP GRINDING!!????????????

    Chef Kevin Taylor

    It’s the perfect tool to add to any home or professional kitchen. So easy to use & clean. The grind adjustments work great for any desired texture. Big thanks to the team @ Masienda for the continued hard work & amazing products! Your team always delivers the best quality products. KEEP GRINDING!!

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  27. Mariana

    A kitchen tool like no other!

    Mariana (verified owner)

    This is a long overdue review of the most amazing kitchen tool I have ever worked with. Making nixtamal masa is a tradition that has been revived by companies like Masienda. I was born and raised in Mexico, and once I came to the US 11 years ago, I stopped eating tortillas unitl now. As a chef, and as a heirloom corn tortilla advocate, Molinito 1.0 has been a dream come true. I am able to quickly make masa, almost effortlessly. It is also easy to clean, which is very important for me. I grind almost daily since it arrived to my kitchen and I don’t plan to stop!

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  28. Andre Lomei

    Andre Lomei

    This machine is a revelation for our kitchen. Compact, easy to clean and turns out a better product than we were yielding with a previous grinder. Jorge and crew have been quick to respond to any questions. Would definitely recommend for both commercial and private use.

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  29. Juston & Mindy

    We love our Molinito!!

    Juston & Mindy (verified owner)

    This machine is amazing! After watching the videos on your website and reading the manual, the learning curve was extremely quick and we milled our own masa (using your corn) in no time. The quality of the tortillas was excellent and clean-up was a cinch. We look forward to using the mill and sharing this wonderful experience and masa with friends for years to come. Thank you for making this available to us, your passion and commitment to quality masa at a relatively small scale is greatly appreciated.

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