Originally Posted by cave76
Do you find the taste a bit different? I do, but not so much that I will stop using them. I get SO tired of throwing away old tortillas and I also get tired of making tortilla chips from those old tortillas. Or in chilaquiles.
Personally, I find the Mission brand fairly bland. If you are all about great fillings, then they are fine. They work, and are easy to work with. But I love that great flavor that I used to get from tortillas made at "The Tortilla Factory" in the Old Town part of San Diego, and also in the little Mom & Pop taco stands that used to be all over the place in Southern California. That aroma just filled your sinuses, with the flavor tickling your taste buds to make the fillings really come alive. I can't get that same experience with most tortillas found in supermarkets, hence the reason I made my own last night, for the first time. I know the ingredients to use, and even got the ratios of water to Masa Harina almost perfect. But they were a little too dry to fold easily, though they did fold without breaking. Also, I simply used a cutting board, parchment paper, and a wide, heavy egg-poaching pan to squish them into shape. They were perfectly round, with smooth edges (which was a great and appreciated surprise to me), but were a real challenge to make. It required considerable down force on that pan to squish them sufficiently thin, just using brute strength. When I made the dough just a little wetter, the tortillas stuck to the parchment paper and tore.
I plan on purchasing a press, then following the directions, so as to make the forming process easier. All in all though, using such primitive technique, they still had substantially better flavor that any I can buy at a store around here.
I don't make good food so that I can say; "Hey, look at me. Look what I can do. Rather, I make it because I enjoy eating and sharing it with family and friends. Otherwise, why cook at all. There's always Taco Bell if you just want to fill the belly.
Seeeeeeya; Chief Longwind of the North