Did you buy a batch of delicious fresh tortillas and wonder how to store them so you can use them all?
The good news is that tortillas are very freezer-friendly, no matter whether they are made of corn or flour. When stored and frozen correctly, tortillas can last for up to 8 months!
So, if you are asking yourself – can you freeze tortillas, the answer is definitely yes.
Here is a detailed guide on how to freeze tortillas to retain their taste, texture, and nutritional qualities and are safe to eat even after months.
Freezing tortillas – a step by step guide
If you are planning on using the tortillas within the next several weeks or within the next month, you can safely refrigerate them without freezing them in their original store packaging.
If you want to store them for a longer period of time, then you should make sure you prepare and freeze them properly.
The first step is to remove them from their packaging and wrap the entire stack tightly using freezer paper, foil, or plastic wrap. If you are going to be using them one by one over time, you can separate the tortillas with wax or parchment paper so that you can take out one or two separately without the need of thawing the entire stack.
Then place the wrapped tortillas in a freezer bag and remove as much of the air from it as you can. Seal the zip-top bag and label the bag with the date, and place them in the freezer.
How long will frozen tortillas last
As mentioned previously, corn and flour tortillas freeze very well, so you can expect your frozen tortillas to remain fresh and safe to eat when frozen properly for up to 6 and even 8 months.
If you prefer to store your tortillas in the fridge, then you should make sure you use them up within the next month at the most.
How to thaw your frozen tortillas
When you decide you want to use the tortillas, it is recommended that you take them out of the freezer and let them thaw in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days. Wait until they have thawed before attempting to separate them and pull one out to prevent them from sticking together and breaking apart.
If you are in a hurry, you can leave the tortillas outside of the fridge on the counter and let them thaw at room temperature. Since they are so thin, they shouldn’t take more than an hour or two to be defrosted completely.
For those of you who simply can’t wait to eat a delicious burrito or quesadilla, then you can speed up the thawing process by popping the corn tortillas in the toaster. You should place two of the completely frozen tortillas per slot and then toast them for 1 to 2 minutes. In a couple of minutes, you will have steamy and soft tortillas.
As you can see, it is easy to freeze tortillas and keep them in the freezer for half a year and more. This means that you can stock up your freezer with these delicious flatbreads and always have some to prepare delicious snacks, breakfast, and meals.