Tostonera/Plantain Smasher/Squisher

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Project by Jay posted 04-11-2009 02:30 AM 5675 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well this is basically a paddle cut down the middle with hinges. Its used to smash plantains flat for frying(or at least thats what I use it for). I used pine, my router, and the hinges off of the box that my router bits came in. I have yet to find some type of oil to finish it with that is food safe.

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#1 posted 04-11-2009 02:38 AM

Mineral oil. Several coats.

I happen to have family coming in this weekend from Central America, and Plantains are on the menu, I may have to make one of these.

Thanks for the idea, Rubi.

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#2 posted 04-11-2009 02:59 PM

Cool idea – here in the southwest we use what is called a tortilla factory made from cast but I like this much better.
Doug in AZ.

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#3 posted 04-11-2009 03:50 PM

Use mineral oil. It is food safe.

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#4 posted 04-11-2009 09:34 PM

Yes to the Mineral oil…..if there is a Wal-Mart near you , it is less than $2 for a pint in the pharmacy. I use it on all of my cutting boards : ) You might want to upgrade your hinges to a larger size with longer screws into that endgrain. JMO

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#5 posted 07-08-2009 03:27 AM

grate idea I’m going to make one for my wife, thanks for posting

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#6 posted 07-08-2009 04:26 AM

This is the best plantain smasher I’ve ever seen.

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