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Tortilla Press

Bryan Harrell | Jul 3, 200203:50 AM

OK, don't laugh, please. I want to get a tortilla press to take back to Tokyo with me. Last spring I was invited to a friend's housewarming, and brought my whole tortilla kit (press, electric flat grill, masa harina, etc.) and he was so taken with fresh tortillas I left him the whole thing.
Now I need at least a new tortilla press because 1) good fresh tortillas are hard to find in Tokyo, and 2) I don't eat them often enough to take the time to learn to make them entirely by hand, which is a skill that seems to require several YEARS of practice AND freshly ground corn masa which has the right consistency to be durable yet not stick to hands. I will be working from quite-a-bit-previously ground masa, so for my requirements a press will do just fine.

Now. The ones I have found in the Mission up until now are extremely heavy and have rather roughly finished surfaces for the tortilla. The ones I have found in the gourmet shops for white people (Cost Plus and the very nice kitchen supply place in Laurel Heights) are nicely finished alumninum (light weight!) but not as large in diameter as I would like.

I did see a PLASTIC tortilla press from China (is there anything that is not made there these days?) that was almost large enough in diameter, but the ugly plastic was aesthetically unappealling.

Does anyone know where to get a large-ish diameter tortilla press which is nicely finished, at least on the surfaces that press the tortilla, but does not weigh a holy ton?
Thanks in advance,
Bryan Harrell

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