Thursday, December 13, 2012

More about Masa...

You might recall that I previously posted about making masa harina, and then corn torillas from scratch HERE.  That worked very well, but because I had to use the big Corona Mill, it was messy and time consuming (what isn't in a kitchen??) 

Just the other day, I took down our flour corn (pictured above) and spent some enjoyable time taking the kernels off the cobs.  My DH sometimes thinks it could be done faster, if I did it his way, but I really enjoy just sitting and rubbing the kernels off into a big bowl.  To me, it seems like bounty and makes me happy!

As I was thinking about making some more masa, I wondered if maybe I could complete the whole process right in the food processor instead of starting there and then graduating to the Corona Mill.  I have to report, it worked beautifully!

Look at the other post about how to prepare the corn with pickling lime and all of that.  I fixed 2 pounds of the kernels this time, 2 cups at a time, and processed them in the food processor until the masa was nice and soft and fine textured.  The trick is to add a little water and let it process long enough!  I would suggest for 2 cups of the prepared kernels, you add about 1/2 cup of water.  You might want to start with 1/3 cup and add a tiny bit more if needed.  Stop the machine from time to time and scrape down the contents.  Eventually, it will mostly be gathered together in one mass and look like this:
And when I got it out, it looked like this! See, Mely?
We just finished eating some tostadas with refries, lettuce, salsa and cheese for lunch.  The flavor of the fresh masa is incredible.  You can't buy this at a store.  It might seem like a lot of work, but it's not, really, now that I can just use the processor!

This post is linked to Simple Lives Thursday!


  1. Hello Yolanda,

    See, using the food processor helps a little but still need to use the grinder. :) And sometimes I even use the Metate for a finer dough.

    I have another trick for your next year crop. I forgot about it until recently while reading a book I remember about it.

    Do you have some dry corn extra to share?

    And you are right fresh masa flavor is something you have to try to understand that it was worth the effort.


    1. Mely, I was able to do the whole process in the food processor. I just had to add a bit of water as I described in this post and let it run long enough. It turned out very nice and smooth. Yes! I do have some I could share.

  2. Have you ever made tamales? I LOVE tamales... a lady I work with makes a ton with her mom every year at Christmas time, she says they vacuum seal them and they freeze very well... I'm hoping she'll have extra so I can buy some from her!

    1. I have not made tamales. I "need" to learn how to do that. That sounds SO good!

  3. I LOVE tamales too. I saw a big bag of prepared masa for tamales at the grocery store today. I was really tempted, but I've never made tamales before.

    1. Maybe if I get brave and post on here about it...

  4. Making tamales is very easy! Go for it and I promise u will love it. My mother in law makes then and I and my 9 year
    Old daughter has helped many years, so I think it's easy! :)


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