64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2011
I have never made tortillas before so this is all new to me. I bought one and read the instructions on how to make them. Armed with this info and the other review which suggests cooking them separately, and having seen how Cafe Rio does theirs, I set off on the first batch. The first batch had mixed results, but not bad for first time. The main problem I had was pressing too long and too hard, making it thin and stiff (hard to roll a burrito with a hard shell). This time I did the wheat tortillas (recipe included with the owner's manual) and all of them turned out. The actual press time was less than 10 seconds and included flipping it.
I am really impressed with the non-stick coating. It really does not need any coating on it (even though the manufacturer recommends it) because the tortillas simply will not stick. I center them (after the first press the ball dough will sometimes slide a little because of the slick surface), flip them, and take them out all without a spatula.
Perhaps one thing I do which also helps is that I start the dough off in a bread maker and let it do the kneading for about 10 minutes then form into balls and let them rest for 30 minutes. But as far as being a difficult machine to use I have not found this to be the case - just follow the instructions.
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2013
This appliance is exactly like the used (no longer made) Villa Grand Wrap 10 inch press I just got. I paid the same price listed here with shipping. I made perfect tortillas today with it. Not all makers give the same instructions. First, use soft dough balls. Second, is the correct way to press the dough. Place dough slightly off center towards the back. Press down lightly using the tabs on the TOP SIDE FOR JUST A SECOND and lift top and turn dough 1/2 way around and now place in center, repeat 2 to three more times. Steam is being released each time the lid is raised. You are not trying to cook the tortilla yet! The LAST press use the top bar. Using the top bar press firmly (not hard) until you hear the start of a squeak; lift quickly to avoid a blow out. At this point see options in following recipe. With practice the process becomes quick and easy. The recipe used I got from another person's review with some slight changes. Recipe follows.
Homemade Tortillas for Electric Press
With practice the process becomes quick and easy.
Heard un-bleached flour is better.
3 cups all-purpose flour (or 1/2 AP flour, 1/2 whole wheat white flour)
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup shortening (palm oil or shortening)
1 - 1 1/4 cups very warm water
You'll also need a large Ziploc bag
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder. Using your hands (or a pastry blender) rub the shortening into the flour mixture until evenly distributed (mixture should hold its shape when clamped between your hands). Pour in 1 cup water and use a wooden spoon to stir until a soft dough forms, adding additional water as needed (this also depends on the weather/humidity). The dough has to be pretty moist (not sticky), or it breaks apart while it's cooking. Knead the mixture by hand until smooth (do this in the bowl). Divide the dough into 8-10 equal portions and shape each portion into a ball. Cover dough balls with plastic wrap or a towel and let them rest at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour.
When you are ready to cook them, flatten the ball first with your hands, then place it off-center (slightly toward the back) on the preheated press. Press down lightly using the tabs on the TOP SIDE FOR JUST A SECOND and lift lid and turn dough 1/2 way around and now place in center, repeat 2 to three more times. Steam is being released each time the lid is raised. You are not trying to cook the tortilla yet! The LAST press use the top bar. Using the top bar press firmly (not hard) until you hear the start of a squeak; lift quickly to avoid a blow out.
At this point:
Option 1 - Cool separately on rack and place uncooked tortillas in a bag or plastic container in the refrigerator and when ready to use, cook on a hot skillet and serve.
Option 2 - Keeping lid of press open cook one side of tortilla then flip to other side until done. After each tortilla is done cooking, place immediately into a large zip lock bag so they will stay soft.
72 of 83 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2012
11/6/12 UPDATE: We bought a second one! One is not enough, kids have no patience. This is a popular fast food favorite in our kitchen: Rye, Whole Wheet, Pretzle flat bread and Tortillas by the dozen ...
First, we use NO LARD, BUTTER, or OIL of any kind and NO EGGS. Applesauce makes a good egg substitute, if you really want to go there, but it's really not needed.
OK - it takes a little trial and error to get the mixture moisture correct and to understand how much pressure to exert and when to take it out. Pressing them too thin makes them lacy. Opening it too early makes them pull apart (just close & let it cook a little more). They scrape off easily with a plastic (NOT metal) pancake turner.
The best part? We are making tortillas so soft, fluffy, sweet and delicous, they're becoming the main course! Try this: drain a can of sweet corn, puree in the blender. Mix it with Corn Masa (for tortillas) until the batter is stiff. Keep the tortillas less than 7 inches - the larger ones make the grill difficult to open. Best tortillas ever! Then customize them to taste with salt, onion, jalapenos, or ...
Next, mix whole wheat flour or rye flour with about 1/4 seminolina flour & water for a soft dough, add caraway seeds, salt, oregeno, thyme, rosemary to taste. Everyone loves our flat bread!
Next, thin out the Masa mixture a little, let it cook a little longer, and it makes healthy chips with NO OIL for dipping in the homemade salsa.
Already sent my sister one of these and we're planning on taking it to a friend's when it's our turn to do the snacks.
74 of 86 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2011
I noticed that several reviews indicated that users were using this machine to both press and cook their tortillas. This machine works in the same way as the 3000 dollar tortilla press except no automatic operation, that said a tortilla press needs to be hot to keep the tortilla from shrinking, however the tortilla needs to be finished cooking on a griddle for best results.
28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2011
We just gave this a whirl for the first time tonight. And I was amazed. I was buying this more to try some gluten-free recipes and was less interested in them being "exactly" like store bought tortillas and more set on knowing the exact ingredients my family was eating. I was prepared for our corn tortillas to not be quite as thin as the ones in stores, but they were awesome. We added more water than the recipe says (which is recommended if you want thinner tortillas) and it worked wonderfully. So yummy and so nice to know exactly what you're eating. We used Bob's Gluten-free Corn Flour and it was fantastic. Tortillas were thin, soft with crispy edges, and easy to work with even after staying in the warmer for a few hours.
Then I tried an artisan blend of gluten-free flour and made flatbreads. They were harder to flatten, but gluten-free dough is difficult to work with. Still taste amazing--we're going to make flat-bread pizzas next week. It's so nice to be able to make gluten-free alternatives with this machine. We eat a lot of Tex-Mex so I can't wait to try the black bean/corn tortilla recipe....Yum. I don't know how we lived without this!
49 of 62 people found the following review helpful
on July 11, 2011
This is better than any other tortilla or roti maker I have tried. Its bigger and also heavier which reduces the amount of pressure one needs to apply to make flat thin perfect leveled round rotis. I primarily got it to make Rotis. 1 drawback that i did notice is that it does not heat up a lot which ends up taking longer to make the rotis which means slightly drier rotis. So I might try something which can heat up more which I will do rather reluctantly because this is the sturdiest roti maker I have ever come across. Rotis are different as after pressing them down to shape we really should cook on these electric roti makers just like a Tawa or Pan . Pressing them again and again will only make them harder and rubbery. I suggest for 1st timers to search youtube for videos. They are full of them. Thats how I got it right. That said, I dont think the tortilla makers roti can ever compare to the conventional method. If you rate the conventional rotis as a 9 or 10 /10. I would give this a 6/10. But for the sheer convenience of sitting on a chair watching T.V making these rotis in an air conditioned room without sweating it out in the heat of the flame I would give it a 9 / 10.
37 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2011
After reading good reviews about this product, I bought this item. It doesn't get hot enough to cook the rotis. They remain white and if you leave it to cook for too long, they become really hard. Suitable only for making tortillas.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2015
Used this for the first time today, it worked exactly as I had hoped it would! I did extensive research on how to make tortillas, techniques as well as what makes good dough. I settled on this one even though it had very low ratings (in my opinion). I usually buy items with at least a 4 star rating. One reviewer I read said this CucinaPro tortilla maker worked very well for him and he explained in great detail how he made his tortillas. He stated, and I agree that the low ratings probably come from folks who think this should work like a toaster or something automatic. It does not work that way. You will need to read up on how others make their tortillas and even then it will take some practice. My wife and I made our first batch today and they turned out quite nice. About half of them were very nice, but all of them tasted super good. We ground our wheat and and made 100% whole wheat tortillas! So yummy!!! By the way, the ones that did not turn out very good were my fault for pressing too long or too much. NOT the fault of the tortilla maker. Again, read all you can find on how to make tortillas with a press such as this before you try it. It will work for you just as it did for me, and even better with a little practice. After my wife made the dough, it took maybe 10 min to make 10 tortillas. Next time I'll bet we do it in half the time and they will turn out better too. It takes a little practice, that's all (and a little home work before you start). We only partially cooked ours on the press itself, once it got to the size we wanted I put it on another griddle to cook while I pressed another tortilla. I rely a lot on reviews for the items I buy and have never written a review myself. After using our press today I just had to share a little of my experience and it was all positive!! I just hope it will work for a very long time to come, and I look forward to many yummy tortillas to come with ingredients that I decide to use not a bunch of stuff I cannot pronounce : ) Do your research, buy it, use it (the right way), and you will be happy!!!!!
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2012
This is a very good product. I used it to make Indian Bread (Roti/Chapatti).
The basic essence to nice puffed Roti is the "Consistency of the Dough". You get that right and this wonderful machine does the rest.
Though you will have to do some trial/error/experimentation to get the right results. But it certainly is lots less messier than making the Roti's by the traditional approach.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2014
We bought this tortilla press after reading all the reviews on Amazon. Unfortunately the product is very poorly built. The tortillas started sticking to the surface after just a couple of uses. I altered the consistency of the dough multiple times and tried it with the same consequence. For a product that I spent over $80 for, this is a complete waste of money. Unfortunately I did not make a decision about returning in time so I'm going to have to take the loss. Don't waste your money.