A tostonera is a wooden (and sometimes plastic) press used to make "tostones". Tostones are flattened discs of plantain that are cooked, pressed, then fried again.
Article by: Barbara Bowman
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A tostonera is a wooden (and sometimes plastic) press used to make "tostones". Tostones are flattened discs of plantain that are cooked, pressed, then fried again. The process is simple. Plantain
slices are fried until softened a bit then removed and drained. The slices are then laid in the bottom of the press then pressure applied to flatten out the slice. The slice is then returned to the pan to complete the cooking process. There is also a deeper version of the tostonera called a tostonera relleno (see below)
Our favorite presses are made of good quality hard wood from Colombia. This type of press has become increasingly difficult to find. Most of the presses found online are made in China. This press will function but the wood tends to be lower quality and the hinges may be more prone to rust.
Plastic tostoneras are available as well. A sturdy plastic press will probably be more useful than the lower quality wooden press. Check to make sure the plastic is thick and the hinges well-attached so they don't come apart with use.
Wooden presses should never be soaked in water or put in the dishwasher. After each use simply wipe the press off with a damp cloth.
The tostonera relleno is used for making stuffed tostones. A plantain slice is placed in the bottom of the form then pressure is applied. The pressure stretches the slice and creates a "crater" which is stuffed, then fried.
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