My father used to buy a lot of flour tortillas and stack them for months in the pantry with other dry goods. Is it possible to safely keep my homemade ones that way? I’m planning to prepare some for several months’ worth of ready-to-use tortillas, and I wonder if I can freeze flour tortillas without compromising their quality.
Whether you’ve bought a large bag of flour tortillas or you’re planning to prepare tortillas in batches for use later, by all means freeze them.
Yes, you can freeze flour tortillas. It is one of the best ways to preserve it. Homemade flour tortillas can be refrigerated or frozen. They may keep well in the fridge for up to 10 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months. Commercially processed flour tortillas will do just fine in a cool, dry place within their sell-by-date. Any leftover should be refrigerated or frozen at once.
Can You Freeze Flour Tortillas
Flour tortillas have fairly long shelf life even if stored in the pantry because of the salt and other additives. They may retain their quality better in room temperature than when refrigerated.
Storing them in the fridge may, in fact, cause dryness and staling. There is likewise the risk of contamination when stacked with other perishable foods.
However, if you buy the untoasted ones, keep them refrigerated or frozen. Untoasted tortillas go rancid more quickly than the tostadas because of the raw fat content.
Freezer storage is the best way to preserve flour tortillas without compromising their flexibility and taste in the long run. The appropriate amount of moisture content is preserved as well.
Whether a frozen flour tortillas has retained its best quality is easy to see. After thawing, the tortillas should be supple enough to be rolled and folded without cracking.
Thaw the frozen flour tortillas in room temperature overnight. It may defrost completely in the fridge within two days.
How to Freeze Flour Tortillas
Ordinarily, people either make their own flour tortillas with only the basic ingredients or buy them from local stores that serve them hot. Keep the following storage tips in mind if you’re planning to freeze any extra or leftover:
- Choose the best flour and add more water to the tortilla recipe
- Do not prolong or overwork the mixing of ingredients, reduce resting time as well
- Avoid condensation problems by spreading the warm tortillas in paper towels; it should be long enough to cool completely without drying out
- Alternately place a parchment or wax paper between the layers of tortillas to prevent tearing during retrieval
- Use only thick freezer bags or hermetically sealed containers to prevent any vapor or molds from setting in
- Label the container with the date the homemade flour tortillas are frozen or the sell-by-date for store-bought ones
- Seal the container and freeze
How To Use Up Extra/Leftover Flour Tortillas?
There are so many delicious things you can do with flour tortillas! Here are five delicious ways to use up your leftover flour tortillas:
1. Make a breakfast burrito – This is a great way to start your day. Just add some scrambled eggs, cheese, and your favorite toppings to a tortilla and you’re good to go.
2. Make a lunch wrap – This is a great way to use up any leftovers you have on hand. Just add some chopped veggies, shredded chicken, or even peanut butter and jelly to a tortilla and you’ve got a quick and easy lunch.
3. Make enchiladas – This is a classic Mexican dish that is sure to please. Just fill a tortilla with your favorite enchilada filling and roll it up. Then, top with your favorite enchilada sauce and bake until hot and bubbly.
4. Make a quesadilla – This is a quick and easy snack that everyone will love. Just add some cheese and your favorite toppings to a tortilla and grilled until the cheese is melted.
5. Make cinnamon sugar tortillas – This is a great way to use up any leftover tortillas you have on hand. Just brush them with some butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Then, grill or bake until they are crispy. These make a great dessert or snack!
So there you have it – five delicious ways to use up your leftover flour tortillas. Next time you find yourself with extra tortillas, try one of these recipes and enjoy!
Flour Tortillas Recipe
Spelt flour works better with this Vegan Wraps recipe. You can append any filling you desire, but cucumber, beans, soy meat, tomatoes, some spice and barbeque sauce are used in this recipe for a meaty-some, healthy diet.
This Lunch Wraps recipe is great for busy people because it is an easy-to-make nutritious meal. Salmon flakes, boiled eggs and vegetables are beautifully wrapped in a cheesy whole wheat tortilla – this recipe is just something to die for.
In this Buffalo Chicken Wraps recipe, grilled chicken breast strips are beautifully mixed with wing sauce, some bacon and crunchy coleslaw. The whole mix is then rolled into one with a soft flour tortilla.
Yes, you can freeze flour tortillas. Frozen tortillas will last for 2-3 months if stored properly in the freezer. Here is how to freeze them: stack all tortillas on a baking sheet and place in the freezer, do not overlap them, once frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag, seal tightly with all the air pushed out, label with the date, and put in the freezer. You can thaw them either on the counter or in the microwave (I recommend thawing them on the counter and then heating/toasting).
Let me know how it goes when you freeze tortillas! Share your experience and questions in the comment section below.