The metate y mano is pronounced [mah -TAH-tay - EE MAH-no] (matate). Also referred to as a "piedra de Moler", this tool is related in lineage to the molcajete. It is used to grind corn and for mashing ingredients to make salsas and purees, and chocolate. Read about the history and uses of this tool.
Some of the most simple tools still provide the best results. A good example is the coconut grater and shredder from Thailand. Lean about the various styles as well as how to use each type.
A tortilla press is used to make only corn tortillas. Flour tortillas are normally rolled thin with a wood rolling pin. Learn about the Mexican tortilla press including cast iron, wood, and electric and how to Select the right press for you.
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