Gadget name: La Mexicana Tortilladora de Madera Barnizada/Mesquite Tortilla Press
It looks like: A wooden behemoth that resembles a more streamlined version of Gutenberg’s printing press.
How it’s supposed to work: The device is meant to produce a flattened, even 8-inch tortilla.
How we tested it: We placed a ball of masa (dough) in the press, lowered the handle, and presto! There was a perfect corn tortilla, waiting to be browned in a skillet and devoured.
How it actually works: Very well; this wooden model practically flattened the tortilla for us.
Drawbacks: The price. If you’re not ready to spend $65 on the Rolls Royce of tortilla presses, there’s an economy version that’ll get you there: The Imusa Cast Iron Tortilla Press, for just $23.99.
Good to know: The 14-inch arm on this press gives great leverage and was weighty enough to do the hard work for us.
My favorite part: This gadget has a sliver of wood attached to the pressing plates, which kept the tortillas from getting too thin. We also liked the press’s rustic appearance.
Best for: Corn tortillas (flour tortillas require a rolling pin).
Overall: It’s a well-crafted, wooden winner.
MAKE IT NOW: Try out our recipe for DIY tortillas.