Tortilla Presa

Relationship: Child of im/migrant
My Grandmas tortilla press
My Grandmas tortilla press

This is a tortilla press, maybe to other families it may just be a simple tortilla press but for my family and culture it means alot. This is the tortilla press we use to make tortillas, mainly pupusas. Coming from a Salvadorian background we make a lot of pupusas. This was passed down from my grandma to my mom. Brought from El Salvador in the late early/ mid 2000’s. Everyone in my family has touched this, even me but the thing is I can’t cook. That’s besides the point, my grandma loved her pupusas she’s the best chef ever. She used this tortilla press so much. Sadly she isn’t with us anymore but my mom keeps the legacy alive by using it everytime. As you can tell by the quality of it this has been used so much. All the flour marks on it reminds me of my grandma making pupusas for me as a kid. It’s heavy, it's pure wood and metal. Even though it’s easy to use I've felt honored using it when I can, that’s also because I'm not trusted to cook. In these upcoming years the tortilla press will be passed down to me since my brother is a dummy and my sister is irresponsible so I'm honored to continue the legacy of a “simple tortilla press”.

Place(s): El Salvador

– JF

Relationship:  Child of im/migrant Child of im/migrant