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Where to find fresh masa? (preferably in Brooklyn) [moved from Home Cooking board]

natasha Aug 22, 2006 01:41 AM

Is there a place to BUY fresh masa made in a traditional way (no weird additives, etc.)? Preferably in Brooklyn, but I might go out of my way to pick some up just to give it a try.

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    Maud Oct 27, 2006 09:25 PM

    I'm coming to this late, but I keep wanting to find fresh masa too. I wonder if the cart vendors at the Red Hook soccer field make their own?

    1. Woodside Al Aug 22, 2006 03:13 PM

      Packaged masa harina is readily available in Mexican neighborhoods throughout NYC. Certainly in Brooklyn along 5th Ave. in Sunset Park and in Queens along the long strip of Roosevelt Ave. from Woodside all the way out to the edge of Flushing Park in Corona. I know that's not what you're looking for, but those neighborhoods would be a good place to start your search. There are several tortillerias in these areas, including one very near me in Woodside under the 7 train and LIRR tracks on 61st St. just north of Roosevelt.

      If you find what you're looking for please come back here and tell us, since the lack of availability of fresh masa in NYC has been the subject of some discussion on these boards.

      1. adamclyde Aug 22, 2006 11:40 AM

        this should be on the outer boroughs board, but there are a few tortillerias in brooklyn (williamsburg for one). Every tortilleria I've ever been to has let me buy their fresh masa.

        Unfortunatly, however, every tortilleria I've been to in the East has used their own reconsistuted masa harina, rather than the old-school way of making their own nixtamal, grinding it to custom grinds per the customer, etc...

        With that in mind, I find I can do my own better than what I can buy in a tortilleria. To Dommy's comments, doing it from scratch - particularly without the use of a masa grinder (maybe you have one) is a fun, but very difficult process.

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