DetailsMasa, the Spanish word for “dough,” is the traditional dough used to make corn tortillas. It is made with hominy, or dried corn kernels that have been cooked and soaked in limewater, which is ground into masa. Masa harina (“dough flour”) is flour made from dried masa. The nixtamalization process (soaking in limewater) was developed in Mesoamerica thousands of years ago. It loosens the hulls from the kernel and softens the corn for grinding by breaking down the glue-like component called hemicellulose. This process also changes the structure of the corn, freeing the nutritionally rich niacin so that it can be easily absorbed into the digestive track. In addition, calcium is gained from the lime used as an alkali. The nixtamalization process also balances the amino acids, accessing more usable protein from the corn. Masa harina is most commonly used to make tortillas, but it is also featured in other delicious dishes including tamales, pupusas, and arepas.
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- Nothing like a Homemade Tortilla!
I've been making homemade tortillas for years and used Maseca in the past. Then, I found it here, at Bob's Redmill. I am happy to report that this product is superior in taste, texture, and ease of mixing. Yes, the tortillas are on thick side, but we prefer them that way. The ones in the market have so many additives and they are like leather. Nothing beats a homemade tortilla! Could you PLEASE make this product in a 5lb bag?
- To coarse of a grind for plyable tortillas
This is not as finely ground as other brands of masa harina. It would work well for one of those tortilla bakes where the tortillas can be quite a bit thicker. I found that because the corn was not ground as fine, it didn't absorb water as effectively so the "sweet spot" between too thick and breaking into pieces just wasn't there. Flavor-wise I wasn't impressed either as the lime undertone usually present was sadly absent. I love other Bob's Red Mill products but I wish I had skipped this one.
- Can Bob's add to its labeling "Product raised from...non-GMO seeds....."?
Does FCC prevent Bob's from printing something like the following, which they post on their website: "Product raised from identity-preserved, non-GMO seeds. This means that the seed planted in the ground is non-GMO. We do not guarantee the complete absence of GMO materials in our products." I almost didn't buy this product because I distrust the healthiness of non-GMO foods. I admire the honesty of the company and am happy to find the original seed was non-GMO.
- Best Masa Harina - Need 5lb bag!
I recently started making homemade tortillas. Not knowing what brand of Masa Harina to buy, I bought 1 bag each of Bob's Red Mill & Maseca. After mixing, resting, shaping & cooking dough from each brand, Bob's Red Mill is the winner hands down! It has a lot more flavor & the texture is better overall. (The Maseca flour made firmer, more leathery tortillas.) I would highly recommend this Masa Harina mix to anyone wanting to make homemade tortillas or tamales. I just wish it came in a 5# bag.
- Just wanted to let others know who have commented about how they are not GMO-Free check out this under the FAQ here: http://www.bobsredmill.com/faqs.html||"Are your products genetically modified?||No. All of our products originate from identity-preserved, non-GMO seeds. This means that the seed planted in the ground is non-GMO. We do not guarantee the complete absence of GMO materials in our produ
- Great for tortillas
- I used this for corn tortillas and compared it against tortillas made with Maseca. The Red Mill tortillas had much more flavor than the Maseca tortillas - our Mexican friends were quite surprised. We all agreed the Bob's Red Mill were better! I'd love to see an organic offering.
- Great for tamale masa
- Use for tamale pie, or spread in husks for traditional tamales:||2C masa harina|1-1/2t baking powder|3/4t salt|1/2C butter/margarine (very buttery) or split half butter, half oil|2C hot water (tap hot)||Mix together dry ingredients, then whisk in melted butter/oil and water. Doubles well for large casserole.
- Make torilla's at home
- I tried this product for the first time today. I bought a tortilla press ($20) from an online vendor and made fresh homemade tortillas. If you buy a cast iron tortilla press, you can use parchment paper instead of plastic between the two plates. I am strongly opposed to the proliferation of plastic, which is what they recommend, so just wanted to pass along an alternative. I was really pleased
- GMO Free?
- This product doesn't say anywhere on it that it is GMO free. One would think a company like this would source non-gmo corn and state it.
- Delicious and easy to use
- I found the dough was easier to work with when I shaped it immediately after adding the hot water, rather than waiting an hour as the directions indicate. When I tried to use the dough after it had cooled, it was crumbly.||I would *LOVE* to see this product in an organic, fair trade variety.
- Nutritional Info
Serving Size: 1/4 cup(29g)
Servings Per Container: 23
Amount Per Serving % Daily
ValueCalories100Calories from Fat10
Total Fat1 g2 %Saturated Fat0 g0 %Trans Fat0 g0 %Cholesterol0 mg0 %Sodium0 mg0 %Total Carbohydrate21 g7 %Dietary Fiber2 g8 %Sugars0 gN/AProtein3 g6 %
Vitamin A0 %Vitamin C0 %Calcium4 %Iron10 %
* Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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*Manufactured in a facility that also uses tree nuts, soy, wheat, and milk