A pastelle press is available in many sizes and is made of wood or plastic. It is inexpensive as well. These wooden pastelle presses can help you save a lot of time in the kitchen as well. The only substitute for it is a rolling pin or bailna, but it would take a lot longer to flatten the dough.
Recipes for use of a Pastelle Press
They are mainly used to make the dishes from our Spanish influence like pastelles, empanadas, arepas, etc. In our country we do not make tortillas like the Mexicans, but instead, around the Christmas season we make pastelles, which has a process similar to making tortillas, hence we have the pastelle press. The only difference between the two is that tortilla presses also come in metal ( that's until somebody decides to import them into the country!). So long story short, same machine different name.
The pastelle press is especially handy for making pastelles in Trinidad.
It helps make large amounts of pastelles quickly and easily.
It is similar to a tortilla press.
Tips for Using Your Press
- To prevent the dough from sticking to the plates, line them with squares of banana leaves.
- Oil the dough before pressing to prevent cracks in the dough and help the dough peel off the leaves.
- The tortilla press can also be used to shape flat breads.
Caring for your Pastelle Press
Clean your wooden press with a a little dishwashing liquid and water. Then wipe clean with a damp cloth.
You can buy a one these inexpensive kitchen utensils in a regular supermarket, especially during the Christmas season. They are usually inexpensive and ensure you make as much pastelles as you like on a limited budget. You can also, make your own press as well. Challenge yourself! Here, I have a pastelle press plan that you would love to try.