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Canned corn + baking soda = Nixtamal, masa and tortillas?


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Canned corn + baking soda = Nixtamal, masa and tortillas?

henrikbe | Nov 9, 2012 09:10 AM


I found this simple recipe for making corn tortillas from scratch:

Now, although it's a time-consuming process, it seems simple enough, so I figured I should give it a try. However, I have a couple of problems. Apart from water, I only need two ingredients (corn and lime), neither of which are easy for me to find here in Norway. So, I was wondering:

a) Will canned corn give similar results? I mean, in the recipe the corn is supposed to be cooked (with lime) anyway, so I figure using canned might be a viable option?

b) I understand the lime is added to make the water alkaline. So, if I can't find any pickling lime, could I use some other alkaline ingredient instead? Simplest option here would be baking soda (bicarbonate of soda). But if substituting baking soda for lime, how much would I need to use? I guess baking soda is perhaps less alkaline than lime, so I would have to use more?

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