How To Use A Tortilla Press?
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A tortilla press is a device that has a pair of round flat surfaces to crush balls of dough into tortilla shapes. These are usually made of cast aluminum, cast iron or wood. Traditional tortilla presses need a plastic wrap or wax paper on top of and under the dough to prevent sticking to the press surface. But some modern tortilla presses offer an easily maintainable non-stick surface. These presses require you to apply vegetable oil on the surface after you use it, to maintain the surface and allow direct use the next time you need it. Traditional tortilla presses do not require cleaning as the dough never touches the device, and most modern presses have a dishwasher safe and detachable face.
There are two methods to using a tortilla press, and it depends on the type of press you are using: a manual press or an electronic one. With a manual press, start by cutting two pieces of durable plastic or parchment paper and line the surfaces of the press. Wet your hands to avoid sticking and use your hands to flatten a ball of masa into a disc and place it in the center of the bottom press. Put the second piece of plastic or paper over the dough and press the top plate down. Then, lift the top plate and rotate the tortilla a half turn and firmly press again. Remove the tortilla and flip it onto a preheated griddle and cook it. If you are using an electric tortilla press, preheat it according to the manual and wet your hands. Wipe each plate using vegetable oil and place a slightly flattened piece of dough onto the bottom plate and close the lid. Then, lift the lid to release steam and close and cook for a few more seconds. Open the press and flip again for 10 more seconds, then move it to a tortilla warmer.
Getting thin tortillas using a press can be hard at first, but once you find the technique that works for you, it will become routine. Make sure you’re using two sheets of heavy plastic, such as those from ziplock bags, and cut into squares that are bigger than the press. Experiment with different sizes of masa, and find the perfect ratio to achieve the thinness you want. Try placing it on top of the plastic on the bottom plate, a little closer to the hinged side, and not the exact center. Make sure that your plastic has no wrinkles. Lay the second plastic sheet on top of the flattened ball of dough, close the press and press down with slow and even pressure as far as you can. Once it is as thin as you would like, take it out and remove the plastic. Then place it on a cast-iron comal that you have preheated (not greased).
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