Nixtamal Starter Kit
$77.00 – $157.00
Please note that orders will begin to ship by the second week of March. If you place an order that includes a Doña Rosa x Masienda tortilla press, this means that all items will be shipped together at that time (i.e., beginning in early March). You’ll receive tracking information as soon as it’s available.
(Video above^^^From Milpa to Mesa–translation: “From Corn Farm to Table”–is a preview of the kernel-to-masa process that you can enjoy with your very own Nixtamal Starter Kit.)
This kit includes everything you need to start nixtamalizing (except the grinder!): 4 bags of Masienda’s heirloom corn (Masienda chef’s choice), 1 8oz bag of cal (enough to prepare 50 lbs of corn for masa), 1 copy of Masienda’s best-selling Nixtamal: A guide to masa preparation in the US, and an option to add on the 1 Doña Rosa x Masienda tortilla press (we can’t recommend it enough!).
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.
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.
Base Dimensions: 9.5” x 8.75”
Capable of producing tortilla diameter up to 6.5”
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
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