Molinito 1.0

Molinito 1.0

$1,750.00

We are receiving orders on a rolling basis with shipping lead times of up to 14 weeks, due to current COVID-19 realities. 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: 82 lbs (with stones)
Shipping weight: 113 lbs
Surface Materials: Stainless steel 304
Motor: 1 HP, 110-127 Volts
Stones: 5” (Two sets of volcanic stones included, forged in Puebla, MX)
Production Capacity: 60 lbs/hr
Made collaboratively across both sides of the border.

Molinito Unit Dimensions: 25.6″ (l) x 12.6″ (w) x 18.5″ (h)

Disclaimer: Molinito is a powerful tool that must be used with caution. Please read manual before use for guidance and safety tips. All purchases are final.

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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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

      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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  4. 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

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

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  5. 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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  6. 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

      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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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