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Fresh Ground Masa Por Favor?

isadorasmama May 18, 2010 02:43 PM

Anyone know if there's a place in the Philly area where you can buy freshly ground masa? Gracias!

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    Bigley9 RE: isadorasmama May 19, 2010 09:51 AM

    I would be interested as well - what comes to mind is to check at the tortilleria (spelling?) on 9th St at Carpenter. Since they make wonderful fresh (hot) corn tortillas and chips they might have or know where you could get fresh ground masa

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      pschneider RE: Bigley9 May 26, 2010 03:14 PM

      They sell it at the tortilleria in Norristown (on Chain Street--?-- just off of Marshall)

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        isadorasmama RE: pschneider May 27, 2010 01:18 PM

        Ohhh, good to know. Any idea on how much it costs?

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          missclaudy RE: isadorasmama May 27, 2010 05:15 PM

          Cheap, can't remember how much, something like $2 a lb or less. I don't think that they are soaking and grinding the corn but instead adding water to masa harina from the bag but I can't remember for sure.The folks on 9th st. told me that's how they make theirs which is kind of disappointing,I guess grinding their own is too big a deal at this point. The tortillas are good though.

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            Hansel RE: missclaudy Jun 20, 2010 02:17 PM

            Any advice for storing the fresh tortillas from the 9th street Tortilleria? It's a pretty big package.

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              Bigley9 RE: Hansel Jun 21, 2010 08:46 AM

              I am trying to freeze them but I haven't gotten to defrost yet. I figure they are so inexpensive that if I lose half of them I am still ahead of the game. I have also made baked "chips" with extras - brush with neutral oil and season if you'd like (although I can also just get the chips from there as well!)

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                Buckethead RE: Hansel Jun 21, 2010 09:00 AM

                I freeze them in packs of 10, they defrost fine in the microwave.

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                  Bigley9 RE: Buckethead Jun 21, 2010 10:35 AM

                  Thanks Buckethead!

              2. re: missclaudy
                asmith RE: missclaudy Jun 20, 2010 03:32 PM

                I am keeping my ear to the ground for a local source of fresh masa from freshly ground corn. I can mix water with masa harina in 60 seconds. I don't know why you would need to buy that. The closest source I've found is Brooklyn: http://www.tortillerianixtamal.com/in...

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                  Hansel RE: asmith Jun 22, 2010 08:22 PM

                  Yes, Buckethead, thanks for the advice! I have some in the freezer right now. And the baked chips idea is a good one, too.

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