CORN, A CLICK AWAY: We’re impressed with the flavor and quality of Masienda Bodega’s Heirloom Corn Tortillas. The California-based company specializes in sourcing ingredients such as heritage Mexican corn, beans and chiles for restaurants in the United States, Canada and Europe. In its online store, launched in early March, the public can purchase heirloom corn, black beans, dried hibiscus flowers and very good corn tortillas.
They are made with olotillo corn, and have a pronounced corn flavor superior to typical store-bought store-bought tortillas. Masienda founder Jorge Gaviria says this breed was chosen for its oil content, which translates to an almost buttered-popcorn flavor. The tortillas are made in collaboration with third-generation tortilleria La Princesita in Los Angeles and come a dozen to a package; they can be ordered in bundles of six or 12 packs. If that seems like too many, know that the tortillas keep well frozen (defrost in the refrigerator). In fact, unless you plan on eating them right away, freezing is the best way to store them, says Gaviria, a self-described tortilla snob who says there’s no difference between a fresh pack and one that’s been frozen. Reheat the tortillas on a hot, dry skillet for 20 to 30 seconds per side; wrap them in a towel to keep them warm and soft.
— Kara Elder
Heirloom corn tortillas, masienda.com/store. Six packages (72 tortillas), $18 plus flat-rate shipping ($43 total); 12 packages (144 tortillas), $36 plus flat-rate shipping ($61 total).