Arepa how to?

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I tried to make Arepa over the weekend did not come out good. The middle come out very soft and seemed uncooked! Any Idea what am I doing wrong?

This is what i used.

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That’s the correct masa. I’ve had the same problem every time I’ve tried.

I haven’t tried this yet but baking to finish cooking the inside is sometimes mentioned. Like this:

2) Deep frying (no wonder they taste so good). We did opt for pan frying and then baking to cook the middle all the way through, but by all means, fry away if you want!

also this, which I’m sure I’ve never done:

Whatever method you use, the key is low, slow heat. You want to cook slowly in order to drive off excess moisture from the interior as the exterior gets slowly browned. A well-made arepa should take at least ten to fifteen minutes to cook.
 
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That’s sad. Maybe we need to find a friendly Venezuelan or Colombian to teach us!
 
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Yes I deep-fried first batch terrible. I finished in the oven another batch also bad. I slow cooked it in frying pan also bad! :emoji_rage:

Hmmmm, I fry mine in fat in a cast iron skillet on very low. True to the 15 minutes Brianshaw.
Could you explain what happens while frying them?
 
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For me they never cook the middle no matter not even in the oven I could not do it.
 
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I may have to try making some again. It has been a while, and the first few batches were not that good, but there was steady improvement with each succeeding batch.

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Gee, look at that a cast iron skillet.

mjb.
 

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Might try branching out to the pupusa instead. It uses regular masa harina if I recall correctly.
 
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I think you are correct. Please start another thread documenting a pupusa project. I’d like to learn too but haven’t even thought of starting because there are too many Salvadoran pupusa shops nearby. Pupusa and curtido is very comforting!
 
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I have pan flour coming in from Amazon, I will try and let you know.

The Goya product I have the picture of in the OP has an Arepa recipe on the back of the bag.
However, it is useless, I see at least 6 videos and the all use the pan product.
 
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I just checked. I have a fair amount of this left.

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I work tonight, have the next two nights off. I may give arepas a try. Got some nice shrimp I need to cook up before they go bad, which is like in a day, two might be pushing it. Cook them up, stuff them in a fresh arepa, and chow down!

mjb.
 
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But I don't think I will be buying one of these devices.

Arepa cooker

mjb.
Your link wasn’t working on my phone but I think I know what your referring to. I saw a trendy NYC arepa restaurant using a machine to cook them.

Re: Goya. I have no experience with that flour but in general Goya products are excellent.
 
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Pan flour works better came in today, works great!
5 minutes each side on carbon steel pan with butter, then 10 minutes in oven preheated to 400 perfect.
 

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