To Make Nixtamal You Need Two Things:
Quality corn. Finding organic, non-gmo heirloom corn can be a challenge but it’s worth the time. Lime. This is also known as pickling lime or calcium hydroxide. Do use caution with this stuff as it is quite potent. The first step is to cook whole corn with the lime water. For each cup of whole corn you can use 1 Tablespoon pickling lime. Mix these together in a large pot, bring to a boil, and simmer for about 15 – 30 minutes. It’s a good idea to check the corn after 15 minutes. It is done if the skin easily slips away from the rest of the kernel. If not, cook a bit longer and check again after 5 more minutes. Try not to overcook the corn, though. When the corn is done, simply turn off the burner, cover the pot, and allow to soak for 8-24 hours. When ready, pour the corn through a collander and rinse 3-5 times until the water runs clear. While rinsing the corn, rub it together with your hands to remove the outer skins which should pull away easily. The corn is now ready to be used as an ingredient (hominy) or ground in a food processor in small batches or using a traditional corn grinder. This then is your masa dough for making tortillas the like. It might seem complicated but the hands-on time is fairly minimal.