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Corn tortillas from Hominy(nixtamalizing corn) vs store bought masa harina?

Does anyone know the difference between corn tortillas made from masa harina from brands like Maseca and corn tortillas vs made from homemade hominy or store-bought hominy (canned or dried)?
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Preventing/Cleaning burned masa on a comal

I have a large, carbon steel comal. As is usual, the main things I make on it are made from masa. One of the few things that will adhere to even good seasoning on carbon steel or cast iron is dry, ...
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Sticky Tortilla Dough, when to knead, when to rest and when to add flour?

I am relatively new to baking and today I attempted to make flour tortillas. I tried making this recipe with butter: https://www.kingarthurbaking.com/recipes/simple-tortillas-recipe I found my dough ...
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How do you make homemade tortillas if the masa or corn meal is raw?

In the rescent past, I learned how to make tortillas from pre-cooked corn meal. The already-cooked, already-ground corn meal is also known as, "instant corn meal". I ground my own corn this ...
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How to make corn tortillas without masa harina

I'm in South America at the moment and want to make corn tortillas. I don't have access to masa harina, but I can get polenta, P.A.N, and arepa flour (which I think is basically the same thing as P.A....
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How can I make corn tortillas as thin as store bought?

From watching videos and going to local Mexican restaurant, it seems the tortillas are much thinner than how I am able to get them when I try to make them at home. Should I be pressing harder all the ...
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Can I use a crêpe pan instead of a comal?

I've recently been given a recipe for tortillas by a friend, but it calls for a Comal, and I only have a crêpe pan, or a non-stick frying pan. Are either acceptable replacements for a Comal?
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Why does boiling water make dough taste sweet?

I was experimenting on dough for chapathi, which is basically wheat tortilla. This is how I normally prepare it, Mix whole wheat flour and salt with room tap water, often 20 to 30 degree Celsius . ...
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Tortilla or flat bread breaks and ruins inflation

If you cook flatbreads/tortillas they should ideally inflate on the griddle. What might cause tortilla or flat breads to break or crack in places some time during the inflation process, letting out ...
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Trying to improve a vegetarian wrap by adding spinach

I am trying to come up with a recipe for a wrap (in a tortilla) and my idea features slightly fried vegetables and spring onion, sour cream, spinach and mozzarella. I would usually try out different ...
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Why do my homemade tortillas turn hard at first but then become soft?

I suppose this is more curiosity than a problem, but why do my homemade (corn) tortillas start hard as soon as they are off the pan and then quickly turn soft? They seem quite dry immediately after ...
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Can I replace Lard with Ghee in tortillas?

I am trying to make home made tortillas and I was wondering if I can substitute Lard with Ghee as I am not too keen about the taste of lard. My understanding is that ghee, like lard doesn't have lot ...
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Tortilla press geometry problems

I have a fairly typical Mexican-made tortilla press, and I've had it for a while. It works of course, but there's a persistent problem of the part of the tortilla at the hinge end of the press ending ...
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Nixtamilizing Corn for Tortillas

I am new to the process of making tortillas from corn, I understand that the nixtamalization process and using heirloom corn are important to make traditional tortillas. I do not want to use pre-...
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How to get rid of extra flour on homemade pizza dough and tortillas

I make my own pizza dough and I just made my own tortillas for the first time. Both are great, my family and friends like them. However in both cases I roll them out on a floured cloth and they all ...
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Why use lard in tortilla dough?

What is the effect of lard in tortilla dough? Can a vegetable oil of preference be substituted for it?
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storage tips for fresh corn tortillas

How do I store bought-warm corn tortillas to keep fresh longer? reheating tortillas has been discussed here After refridgerating 24hrs, a quick reheat in micowave or on griddle yielded a pliable ...
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What's the correct texture for masa dough?

Recently I bought a big thing of masa harina and tried making pupusas and tortillas. I forget which recipe I used, but I remember it saying to get the dough to a "playdoh" like texture. The dough was ...
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Substitute nixtamalized corn flour for corn meal + corn starch

I want to make mexican tacos, which are usually made with masa harina (nixtamalized corn flour + water). However I don't have nixtamalized corn flour, I have precooked corn flour. I read in the ...
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Can you make tortillas/pitas on stainless steel?

Most tortilla and pita bread recipes I see specifically call for cooking the dough in a cast iron skillet. At the moment, I only have stainless steel. My only attempt at making pita bread in a ...
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tortilla recipe with longest shelf life

I searched for tortilla recipes and I found several, sometimes very different one from another - for instance, Mexican ones are mostly made with wheat flour while other ones are made with white corn ...
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Is it possible to prepare store bought corn tortillas so they don't fall apart?

Is it possible to prepare store bought corn tortillas so they don't fall apart? I know they are healthier than flour and they taste fine, but mine frequently fall apart to the point that it isn't a ...
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How long does tortilla dough keep for?

I am making tortillas with masa harina corn flour according to this recipe. Can I make it a few hours in advance and cook the tortillas just before they are to be eaten? Or should I cook them after ...
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What to do when too much shortening is added to flour?

I was trying to make some homemade flour tortillas, but I made a mistake and I added ~9oz of shortening to 4.5 cups of flour. I'm unsure what to do with the flour mixture because I do not want just ...
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How to bake chips in microwave using grill?

Is it possible to prepare tortilla chips using the grill in a microwave? Can I bake anything for example, Indian version of samosa in a microwave using a grill rack? Here is a picture of a microwave ...
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Homemade Corn Tortillas: How to get the back side cooked the same as the face?

When making Corn tortillas at home, the first side that cooks against the comal turns out perfect, with slight blistering and an even cooking of this side, the face. Usually takes about 90 seconds ...
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What kind of homemade sandwich bread or wrap lasts longest?

I want to prepare a homemade bread, wrap, pita, or tortilla-like food, something to make in advance on weekends, to later fill with typical sandwich fillings, such mayonnaise, cheese, sliced meat, and ...
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How to cook good "arepas"?

Arepas are a traditional dish from Venezuelan cuisine. After eating them a couple of times, the other day I decided to try to cook them myself. I searched over the internet the recipe and I found ...
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How to get flour quesadilla light and crispy?

My homemade quesadillas made with flour tortillas always come out hard, dry and crunchy instead of light and crispy. I spray the tortillas with a little Pam (spray oil), lay one tortilla oil-side-...
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Tortilla Espinoza — what is it and how do I make it?

It's been requested that I make a traditional Spanish dish named tortilla espinoza. I have no idea what this is, and Google has failed me in finding something remotely close to it. Does anyone ...
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Making flour tortillas softer and more elastic

I would like to make a tortilla that is softer and more elastic, allowing for large burritos with lots of filling I've been using the following recipe below which yields good results, however it is ...
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How can I get a corn tortilla to be pliable enough to work with?

I like the flavor and texture of corn tortillas (store-bought), but they always tear apart whenever I try to use them in a non-flat way - enchilada-style, for example. How can I make the corn ...
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Can I include carrots in Tortilla de Patatas and can I use a casserole dish to make it taller?

I want to make Tortilla de Patatas but I have extra carrots that I would like to use somewhere. Can I include them in the frying phase? And can the dish be cooked in a casserole dish in the oven to ...
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How to cook cubed fish for a fish taco (tortilla)

Today someone at work described eating a delicious halibut taco. I've never had one before but it sounds awesome, so I'm going to try to make one some time this week (but since I have a lot of salmon ...
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How do you ensure a tortilla keeps all its contents when making a burrito?

What's the best technique to tuck or close the tortilla when preparing a burrito so that it doesn't come undone when it's time to eat?
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How do I defrost frozen flour tortillas?

There is a wide variety of suggestions about how to thaw frozen flour tortillas. What works best?
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How to make big, fluffy "Mexican-style" flour tortillas (without using any special machinery)?

Flour tortillas are so bloody expensive (and rare!) outside of the U.S. so I'd like to make my own. A friend taught me how to make some ages ago, but I stopped because they were always weird and I ...
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Trouble making corn tortillas

I have tried a variety of experiments to make corn tortillas, but the results have been far from satisfactory The only masa I can get this corner of the world is imported from Mexico or USA and is ...
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What's the difference between a burrito and a tortilla?

I was in a Mexican restaurant with some co-workers recently and noticed that many of them ordered a "burrito." What's the difference between this and a tortilla? I thought that's what they were called....
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Is It Possible to make corn tortillas at home without a press?

I don't own a tortilla press and until I have more cabinet space, one is not in my future. However I value making as much as I can from scratch and love using tortillas in my cooking. I have made ...
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How can I make a Taco Shell?

I've never seen a mold that would shape them - any tips?
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How do you make Ketchup Doritos?

I have been craving these for years, and I can't find a recipe. Frito-Lay made Ketchup flavored Doritos a few years ago. Unfortunately they didn't sell very well and were discontinued not to long ...
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