Selling Comales

Selling Comales

What better way to start the new year than with a brand new clay comal to cook the best tasting tortillas. A comal like the ones shown above will set you back Q30/$2.75 if I recall correctly. Sadly, clay comales are disappearing as most tortillerías now are using metal comales with gas instead of leña (logs) which was used with the traditional terra-cotta comal. On the post Making Guatemalan Tortillas you can see the new comal being used in many tortillerías versus the traditional comal as shown on the post How to make the perfect Guatemalan Tortilla.

If you have had the opportunity to try tortillas made with each kind of comal, which one do your prefer? Do you think there’s a difference in the taste?

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  • Erick!

    Growing up in Guatemala City, I remember seeing metal comales but with leña and later on they started to use gas.  Also, they used to make all tortillas by hand, but they soon started to use those  little machines that flatten the masa balls into thin tortillas.  Personally, I never tasted the difference between leña and gas, but the method of making them (by hand vs machine) certainly made a difference in taste; I guess that was due to the thickness (they were much thicker when made by hand).

  • Erick!

    Growing up in Guatemala City, I remember seeing metal comales but with leña and later on they started to use gas.  Also, they used to make all tortillas by hand, but they soon started to use those  little machines that flatten the masa balls into thin tortillas.  Personally, I never tasted the difference between leña and gas, but the method of making them (by hand vs machine) certainly made a difference in taste; I guess that was due to the thickness (they were much thicker when made by hand).

  • Kwallelno

    I bought three of the clay cooking plates the last time down, wrapped them in textiles for the plane ride home but they all landed in Ohio in bits. The best laid plans sort of thing. 

  • Kwallelno

    I bought three of the clay cooking plates the last time down, wrapped them in textiles for the plane ride home but they all landed in Ohio in bits. The best laid plans sort of thing. 

    • Sorry to hear about your loss. It seems the traditional terra cotta comal can not survive the kind of trip that luggage is exposed to.