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This Machine Can Cook A Homemade Tortilla In 30 Seconds

Remember when “the future” meant we would be riding on hover boards and driving flying cars? Well, we’re not the quite there yet, but we’re very, very close.

Someone invented a machine that spits out a hot tortilla with the press of a button.

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OK, that someone is actually a company in Switzerland. They’re set to launch the Flatev, a toaster-like appliance that takes a prepackaged lump of masa, flattens it out and heats it up in about 30 seconds.

And this Swiss company (also named Flatev) says its product rivals the taste of homemade tortillas – what you’d call “tortillas hechas a mano.”

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The tortillas, which are six inches wide, are available in corn or flour. The company’s website lists corn and water as the ingredients for corn tortillas. The flour tortillas are made up of flour, water, baking soda and salt.

If your mother (or abuelita) is peering over your shoulder while you read this, she’s probably thinking, “Blasphemy!”

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She never uses the dishwasher to clean dishes, so why would she use a machine to make tortillas?

After watching Flatev’s first commercial, a super cheesy clip released online in 2012, you may feel the same way.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvJFYxLuF4E

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We open on a shot of a woman named Rosa who, according to the narrator, makes THE BEST homemade tortillas.

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Apparently, Rosa works for one of these young professionals that is hungry and restless.

Why? They’re waiting on Rosa to hurry up with those amazing tortillas.

“Ugh. Where’s Rosa with those tortillas?”

When Rosa emerges from the kitchen with fresh tortillas, she’s all smiles. Dude in the black shirt is like, “K, thanks,” and snatches the basket right away.

Which leads us to this: Rosa is cool and all, but why not spend $300 and replace her with this?

So here’s how it works: you take a prepackaged pod and place it in the machine.

Then you press a button and out comes a hot tortilla.

You’re probably thinking, “What the hell do Swiss people know about the tortilla game?” Well, the Flatev was actually co-founded by a Mexican dude…this Mexican dude:

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Meet Carlos Ruiz. He developed the Flatev while he was attending college in Switzerland. Ruiz says he was inspired to create the Flatev because he couldn’t find any good tortillas in Switzerland.

Fine, so a Mexican invented it. How do they taste? Here’s an actual Mexican with a testimonial.

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“Tastes exactly like a homemade, handmade tortilla,” says Ioana Navarrete-Pellicer of Boston’s Mexican Consulate. OK, so this isn’t just some Swiss scheme to sell crappy tortillas…

Ruiz, who hopes to debut the Flatev this Spring, told Techinsider that there are already 12,000 preorders for the machine. Here’s its new look:

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Ruiz says the rounded edges and gray color were inspired by the metate, the traditional grinding stone used for making tortillas. If you’re wondering who’s willing to spend $300 for a machine that makes $1 homemade tortillas, Ruiz has an idea. He told the Boston Business Journal: “We’re targeting foodies who care about what they eat and young professionals who like to eat healthy.”

H/T: Remezcla

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