Tortilla press

Relationship: Child of im/migrant

This is a picture of a tortilla press that’s used to make corn flour tortillas. After the tortilla is pressed, cook it on a griddle that’s large enough for multiple tortillas. The little children would eat their tortillas with salt and a tiny bit of water and squeeze the tortilla to look like a taquito which is basically what you call a rolled taco. There are two ways to make the tortilla thin or thick. The one I mentioned is the thinner version but for the thicker one you just mold it with your hands. My dad’s side of the family would make this for us almost every weekend or when we had other family members visit. We'll all be in the kitchen talking and laughing while the warm smell of tortillas fills the room. Making tortillas brings back great memories of the relationship I have with my family, especially the ones who sadly passed away. My family wants all of us to be fed because in Mexico there were some days when they couldn't even eat a good filling meal like handmade tortillas. I’m very proud to keep the tradition going and teach future generations the gift of gratitude. 

– Karen Espino

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