IMUSA Bamboo Tostonera Review

Posted on Apr 28 2014 - 7:23pm by Susan Bewley

Disclosure: I received these products for free to review. The opinions in my review are honest and my own.

As many of you know, I love making food from different parts of the world. Maybe I’m crazy but I think it’s fun trying new things. Lately I have been in a Mexican and Latin American food type mood. I have been looking at different cookbooks, and trying to figure out what sort of yummy treats I should make. A few of these have discussed eating dishes alongside fried plantains. To make things even more confusing, they talk about using a tostonera. If you are anything like me, after coming across this word you probably went to look up what exactly a ‘tostonera’ IS.  After doing some research online (thank you Google!), I found out it was a wood or bamboo press used to make a sort of banana pancake. Curious, I decided I wanted to try making these myself! While looking into buying one of these tools, I was approached by IMUSA, asking if I would like to review their Bamboo Tostonera. To say the least, I was super excited and couldn’t wait for it to arrive!

IMUSA Bamboo Tostonera: What is It?

Looking for a way to make perfectly pressed tostones (fried plantains)? If so, we think you will love the IMUSA Bamboo Tostonera. Unlike similar tools, it presses tostones to the right thickness and shape, making them perfect for cooking. With this easy to use tool made from bamboo, it is eco-friendly and perfect for anyone who loves Hispanic cuisine.

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IMUSA Bamboo Tostonera: Overall

I have to say that I am overall very impressed with this tostonera. It is durable, easy to use, and looks great. It’s really the type of tool you don’t mind hanging up or displaying when it’s not in use. As well, it makes absolutely huge fried plantains. Based on her own experience with this products, we are happy to give the IMUSA Bamboo Tostonera an A rating!

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IMUSA Bamboo Tostonera: Where to Purchase

Want to purchase one of these tools for yourself? You can purchase a IMUSA Bamboo Tostonera at Macy’s, or purchase it online at

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IMUSA Bamboo Tostonera: Giveaway

Would you like to win one of these tools for your own kitchen? We are excited to be working with IMUSA on this awesome giveaway! One of our lucky readers will win an IMUS Bamboo Tostonera. To learn more, make sure to read the rules below and then enter through the Rafflecopter.

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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

51 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Tamar April 28, 2014 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    It would be useful in the kitchen.

  2. Melissa Douglass April 28, 2014 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    This is so cool! I have never made plantains before but I would love to try!!

  3. Alex T April 28, 2014 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    This is so interesting! I’ve never attempted to make fried plantains but if I had this tool I wouldn’t have an excuse. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. brynn April 28, 2014 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    I LOVE fried plantains and would love the chance to make them instead of buy them. This tool would be awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Vianet A. April 29, 2014 at 4:43 am - Reply

    Wow!! Didn’t know this existed. I love fried plantains, and this is just perfect. With this, my girls can help me next time I fry some plantains

  6. Linda romer April 29, 2014 at 8:06 am - Reply

    I would like to win this because I love plantains, I first tried them when I was a young girl at my older sisters home. She married a Spanish man and started making all this amazing food. To this day I love spanish food.

  7. Jen S. April 29, 2014 at 9:13 am - Reply

    I’ve never tried tostones but I think that this would be perfect for smashed red potatoes. They’re a favorite around our house.

  8. katy April 29, 2014 at 9:51 am - Reply

    This is very helpful in the kitchen. I will be using it a lot in my cooking if I win.

  9. KAPP April 29, 2014 at 10:18 am - Reply

    I just recently dropped my tostonera on the tile floor and one of the hinges broke/bent. I kept it b/c I can kinda still use it but I am in need of a new one. I use my tostonera at least once a week. thx for the oppty to win one! 🙂

    • Susan Bewley April 29, 2014 at 1:12 pm - Reply

      They are so good, aren’t they? I am also wondering if you can use it to make perfect cookies. Hmm…

  10. carmen miller April 29, 2014 at 11:45 am - Reply

    I would love to have one of these. First of all, I love bamboo & how strong and versatile it is. I would also like to try making those tostones. I’ve never had them. I like that I could hang this, as well. It would look nice in any kitchen. Thank you.

  11. Stacy April 29, 2014 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    I also didnt know this existed, If I win I would be so excited!

  12. nancyfancypink April 29, 2014 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    This seems like such a cool tool! I might be able to use it to make lefse- a mashed potato pancake.

  13. nikki bergin April 29, 2014 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    I want to win because I’d love to try fried plantains.

  14. Lauryn R April 29, 2014 at 6:39 pm - Reply

    I have honestly never had a plantain before! But I love trying new things as well! I think this product looks very well made and bamboo is an awesome material! Thanks for the awesome review!

  15. melisa April 29, 2014 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    What a cool product! It looks so old-fashioned, but somehow modern, probably because of the bamboo.

    • melisa May 1, 2014 at 6:53 am - Reply

      I’d like to win this for my daughter. She’s saving up items (hope chest) for her home that she will be moving into.

  16. andrea April 30, 2014 at 2:37 am - Reply

    This is really cool! I bet my mother in law would LOVE it. She likes to make all kinds of different foods and try different kitchen tools.

  17. Annmarie W. April 30, 2014 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    Wow! I would love to make these…and I can think of some other foods I could press to that size as well!

  18. Leslie Rodriguez April 30, 2014 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    This is really cool.

  19. carol johnson April 30, 2014 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    very different, never saw this before

  20. April 30, 2014 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    Perfect for baking

  21. laurie nykaza May 1, 2014 at 5:03 am - Reply

    I love that it is green being made out of bamboo and i love to eat tostones at Cuban restaurants when we eat there they are so good.

  22. Sherry Compton May 1, 2014 at 8:24 am - Reply

    I would love to give this to my daughter-in-law. She cooks a lot and likes bamboo products.

  23. valerie guerrero May 1, 2014 at 11:20 am - Reply

    this looks awesome i would love to try this out especially because i love trying out new products

  24. Carolyn G May 1, 2014 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    I love plantains. I love making tostones but do not have the proper tools.

  25. Melissa Sparks May 2, 2014 at 1:59 am - Reply

    I have never owned anything like this, This would be wonderful, I have 2 hungry boys to feed would make simple tasks much easier!

  26. beth May 2, 2014 at 11:11 am - Reply

    I want to win this so I can try something new in the kitchen. I think it would be a really fun thing to have my friends over for.

  27. Sally T. May 4, 2014 at 3:05 am - Reply

    I never knew there was such a tool.I have never had plantain,
    but I think this tool could be useful in the kitchen,a big plus it is

  28. Kate J May 4, 2014 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    I never knew this tool existed. I tried plaintaines in Puerto Rico and loved them. And its a beautiful piece.

  29. robyn donnelly May 4, 2014 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    I like natural products in my home these days. Besides natural wood/bamboo keeps better than any other type of cutting board.

  30. Danielle Porter May 4, 2014 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    Fried plantains are one of my favorite foods, but I can never make them right! Maybe this will help me out!

  31. Robin Abrams May 5, 2014 at 7:31 am - Reply

    I would love to win this because it seems like it would be very useful in the Kitchen. I have never tried plantains but have heard of them and would love to try them.

  32. Miz Vickik May 5, 2014 at 7:38 am - Reply

    I want to win because it’s a gorgeous cutting board! Also, I hear that bamboo is a very eco-friendly material.

  33. brandi hawn May 5, 2014 at 9:28 am - Reply

    i want to win b/c i love to use bamboo cutting boards, etc. i would also like to try cooking this new dish that i haven’t heard of b/f. we love to try new things to eat in my family 🙂

  34. Julie Lee May 7, 2014 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    I love bamboo cutting boards. They are such high quality. And I love the look of it too!

  35. gayle gildehaus May 8, 2014 at 8:51 am - Reply

    I have never made fried plantains before.maybe this is something my kids would like.And i love bamboo boards too.

  36. Erica C. May 9, 2014 at 3:55 am - Reply

    I’ve never used this before. I’d love to try it out.

  37. lisa May 9, 2014 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    I didn’t know about this. We have an old wooden cutting board. I’m not comfortable using it because it’s so worn out. I’m afraid of bacteria.

  38. Michelle K. May 10, 2014 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    I have never used a tool like this before. I would love to try some new recipes and this would be perfect

  39. JanD May 10, 2014 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    I like fried plantains and I’ve been thinking of making a homemade version. My mom has also been craving them lately.

  40. Teresa Thompson May 11, 2014 at 9:37 am - Reply

    I have never tried plantains before. I love bamboo products.

  41. Danielle May 11, 2014 at 11:52 am - Reply

    We visited Costa Rico and every morning plantains were served with breakfast. My husband fell in love with them and I haven’t been able to make them they way they were served to us. I would love to give this a try.

  42. Virginia Rowell May 11, 2014 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    This is definitely a useful tool. I would love to try it out.

  43. Jessica Ruggiero May 11, 2014 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    This looks like a great product! I would love to win this because plantains are one of my favorite foods!

  44. Stephanie Galbraith May 11, 2014 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    My fiance loves to try new things in the kitchen and we just watched a show where they were cooking plantains.

  45. Sky Evans May 11, 2014 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    I want this since I’ve never tried fried plantains. This looks interesting!

  46. Karen Gonyea May 12, 2014 at 6:04 am - Reply

    I would LOVE this for trying some new recipes out 🙂

  47. deana c May 12, 2014 at 8:47 am - Reply

    I want to win this product because it looks like the best way to smash a plantain or a toston. Thanks for the chance!

  48. susan smoaks May 12, 2014 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    I would love to win this because it is something that I have always wanted to have. I would really enjoy it and use it quite often. Thank you for the chance to win!

  49. Lily Kwan May 13, 2014 at 1:57 am - Reply

    I want to win this product because it looks very useful. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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