Nixtamal Starter Kit

Nixtamal Starter Kit

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(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.)

Now that we’re grinding, let’s make sure that you have all of the right ingredients to get you in peak masa shape.

Each kit comes with 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.

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.


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PLEASE NOTE: Orders received by 2pm PT will ship within 2-3 business days, US holidays excluded and regardless of shipping method (i.e, FedEx Ground versus USPS Priority Express). For example, orders received on or before 2pm PT on Tuesday will ship by Friday; orders received after 2 pm PT on Tuesday will ship out by Friday or Monday. If you require expedited shipping, please email info@masienda.com. Thank you!

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OPTIONS

4 x 5lb Corn + 8oz Cal + Nixtamal Book, 4 x 5lb Corn + 8oz Cal + Nixtamal Book + Doña Rosa Tortilla Press

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    Fiorella

    What equipment do we need to have to grind the corn? Would a Vitamix work?

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      Masienda

      Thank you for your question! We would not recommend using a Vitamix to grind the corn. Masienda’s Molinito is a great at-home solution for grinding corn. There are also manual mills available from Estrella and other brands that work well.

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