A tostonera is a wooden (and sometimes plastic) plantain press used to make “Tostones". Tostones are flattened out round discs of plantain that are Fried up, pressed in a Tostonera, then refried. The process is simple. Plantain slices are fried until softened up and then removed and drained. The Plantain slices are then laid in the bottom of the press then pressure applied to flatten out the slice. The slice is then returned to the pan to complete the cooking process.Delicious and easy, anyone can make them. Peel the plantains and cut them in more or less big chunks (depending on the diameter of banan pese that you want to obtain) Fry the pieces of plantain in hot oil for 5 minutes on each side or until lightly brown; then remove the plantains and place them on paper towels to remove excess oil. Mix hot water and salt.Flatten the plantain chunks using either a plantain smasher or a rolling pin, soak them in the water-salt mixture for 2-3 seconds and reserve for a few minutes. Fry the flattened plantains until crispy and golden brown; place on paper towels (again) to remove excess oil.A staple in Caribbean Kitchens, and more known throughout Latin America and Haiti the Tostonera has a simple and Authentic Design.A staple in Caribbean Kitchens, and more known throughout Latin America and Haiti the Tostonera has a simple and Authentic Design. It’s a must have in everyones Kitchen and certainly the ideal instrument for making perfectly pressed plantains (or “Tostones”) Excellent for Cooking use. Tostonera comes equipped with an attached string made easy for hanging and storage.It is made for quick cleaning and easy maintenance, and has a double hinge equipped on it for long lasting duration. With the Authenticity of this simple but effective Kitchen tool, your Tostones will have that traditional Caribbean Flavor.Tostonera is 12.5” in total when opened, and presses approx 3 “ Plantains in the circle. It is made of wood, and weighs less then 1 lb.