Tortilla Press

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Project by STL posted 12-19-2010 03:13 AM 6762 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Due to my son’s food allergies we have had to alter our diet. As a result, we decided to try some homemade tortillas. After doing some research, I realized I needed a tortilla press to make it easier and faster. I studied different designs and decided I wanted to make one that featured some Spanish/Mexican styling while being functional at the same time. After I made my first one I had some requests for more, thus I made several. I’ve got one on ebay to see how it sells on-line.

I saw my own lumber with my 1220 mill. Most of my logs come from yard/urban trees that people want gone. These logs are a little more trouble to get and work with, but milling them into lumber gives new birth to something that would be destined either for the landfill or a burn pile! I had some dry red oak that I milled last year that I chose for this project.

I designed the press with bevels to give it an Aztec-like look. These bevels also make opening the press easier. When the top is opened they provide a natural stop to keep it from hitting the countertop. I finished it in mineral oil/paraffin wax which results in a really nice food safe finish.To use, just place a golf ball sized dough ball on the press, close the top and press down on the handle. This creates a perfect round tortilla just the right thickness—it couldn’t be easier. They taste so much better than the ones you buy!

Hope you like it!

-- Dan Siggers, Alabama,

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#1 posted 12-19-2010 04:20 AM

Great looking project that would make a great gift this time of year.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#2 posted 12-19-2010 04:21 AM

Nice looking project!

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#3 posted 12-19-2010 05:31 AM

That is so cool…Is the hinge stainless steel?

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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#4 posted 12-19-2010 07:41 AM

great…now I’m hungry…

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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#5 posted 12-19-2010 02:34 PM

Thanks everyone! The hinge isn’t stainless; it is zinc plated though. Luckily the dough you use is not wet, and you press the tortilla between plastic wrap, so the press never needs washing (of course it may need wiping down from time to time).

-- Dan Siggers, Alabama,

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#6 posted 12-19-2010 03:39 PM

This is a great idea and you did a good job on it. I love tortillas.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 12-20-2010 06:22 PM

I have been thinking about making one of those. But I need a good Tortilla recipe… My SIL won’t share :-(...

Come to think of it… Now I’m hungry… And we’ve got ranch chicken in the fridge left over from last night…

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#8 posted 12-21-2010 04:16 AM

dbhost—I just always use the recipe that’s on the bag of corn flour. It’s just flour, a little salt, and some water to get the right consistency. After pressing just place them in a hot iron skillet for about a minute, flip, repeat and your done! So easy a cave man can do it (no offense!). They’re delicious!

-- Dan Siggers, Alabama,

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#9 posted 01-02-2011 08:21 AM

Very nice result.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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