We admit that the tortilla press could be considered a kitchen unitasker of the worst sort — it's heavy and fits awkwardly among the pots and pans in the cupboard, and it can really only be used for pressing tortillas. And yet — while we gave you a few tips on making tortillas without a press earlier today, we also wanted to look at the press itself — we just can't get over how perfectly it makes tortillas!
Unitasker or not, a press like this makes complete sense of you eat a lot of tortillas in your house. You place a golf-ball-sized piece of dough between the two plates, squeeze them shut, and a perfectly round tortilla is formed (just like this). These homemade tortillas are sure to be better than buying the pre-made ones at the store.
All the presses we’ve seen follow this same design of two round plates pressed together by a hinged swing-arm. You definitely want cast-iron or some other heavy cast-metal that will be up to the challenge of pressing a zillion tortillas without buckling on you or sliding across the table.
These presses are also fairly inexpensive and easy to find at most kitchen supply stores:
• Cast Aluminum Tortilla Press, $19 from Williams Sonoma
• Cast Iron Tortilla Press, $19.99 from Sur la Table
• Victoria Cast Iron Tortilla Press, $19.99 from Target
Do you own a tortilla press? Or do you just make them by hand, without a press?
Related: How to Make Flour Tortillas From Scratch (and Without a Press)