Can you freeze tortillas? (+3 steps)

In this article, we will answer the question “Can you freeze tortillas?”, and how to defrost and reheat tortillas?

Can you freeze tortillas?

Yes, you can freeze tortillas. Be it corn or wheat tortillas, they freeze quite well. The major problem that comes with freezing tortillas is that they cling together during freezing and won’t easily separate without leaving the tortilla into crumbs.

The solution to this problem is using dividers between each tortilla slice. There are three types of dividers. You can either use aluminum foil or a plastic sheet, or you can use a thin layer of breadcrumbs between each layer. Last but not the least, the wax paper also works fine. Wax paper and breadcrumb are more environment-friendly options.

Why freeze tortillas?

Tacos are healthy, hearty, and delicious. They can be easily incorporated into a quick snack or a hearty meal. Freezing tortillas in order to extend the shelf-life of such a kitchen staple seem like a good plan. Two of the major reasons why you should freeze tortillas are discussed below.

Convenience 

Tortillas are so versatile in terms of preparation and eating. They can be steamed, grilled, fried, or baked. They can be put in light salads and in heart and healthy meat dishes. The most common type of dishes and recipes you can try with tortillas are given in the article below.

Easy access to nutrition 

Tortillas are nutrient-dense. They are as nutritious as filling. The nutritional profile of corn and flour tortillas is discussed below. Easy access to nutrition combined with convenience is the two factors why you should consider freezing tortillas. Because who does not want to live a healthy lifestyle and that too by enjoying delicious treats.

How to freeze tortillas?

Grab a freezer bag or aluminum foil and a divider. Then follow the steps below to safely freeze tortillas.

It is very important to practice food safety. This is where you can control half of the food-related illnesses. Therefore, make sure your hands are clean and sanitized before handling tortillas.

Put the divider between each wrap

Prepare the wrap by cutting large enough pieces of aluminum foil to roughly cover the tortilla wrap. If you chose breadcrumbs, make sure you spread them in an even layer. Wax sheets can also be used for this purpose.

Wrap the tortilla 

Wrap the stack of tortilla wraps in a freezer bag. Make sure to release the air from the bag and label it before freezing. 

Put the package in the freezer 

Chuck the freezer bag in the freezer. It will keep fresh for months. 

How to defrost and reheat tortillas?

When you are defrosting the tortillas individually, you can go with the following methods.

At room temperature 

Take out the frozen tortilla on a plate and put it on the counter for 10 minutes. Flip after the first 5 minutes. After 10 minutes, reheat the tortillas and enjoy.

On the stove 

Heat a non-stick pan on the stovetop and toss the tortilla wrap in it. If you heat for longer, this will defrost and reheat the tortilla. If you do not want it warm, remove it from the heta early.

The shelf-life of tortillas

The following table shows an estimated shelf-life of corn and flour tortilla under different storage conditions.

Type of tortilla In the pantry In the fridge In the freezer 
Corn tortilla 7-10 days 6-8 weeks 6-8 months 
Flour tortilla 1 week 3-4 weeks 6-8 months 

The nutritional profile of tortillas 

The following table shows the nutrients and their amounts found in tortillas.

Nutrients/Minerals  Corn tortilla (44g)Flour tortilla (45g)
Carbohydrates 20g 22g
Proteins 3g4g
Fats 1g4g
Fiber 3g2g
Sodium 20mg331g
Calcium 3% of the RDI5% of the RDI
Iron 3% of the RDI 9% of the RDi
Magnesium 8% of the RDI 2% of the RDI
Calories 96138

As the table shows, corn tortillas are low in carbs and fats but are packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Magnesium supports the function of vital organs like the brain and heart while fiber is crucial to maintain gut-healthy. It improves digestion by regulating bowel movements. 

On the other hand, flour tortillas are rich in fiber, protein, iron, and calcium. As compared to corn tortillas, flour tortillas keep you full for longer. 

How to use tortillas?

Frozen and reheated tortillas can be used just like fresh ones. This means you can turn them into Tacos, Burritos, Enchiladas, Quesadillas, Tortillas roll-ups, Fajitas, Huevos Rancheros, Flautas, Chips, Soups, Cassreole, Taco pockets, Mexican Quiche and Breakafst wraps etc.

Conclusion

In this article, we answered the question “Can you freeze tortillas?”, and how to defrost and reheat tortillas?

References

https://www.doesitgobad.com/freeze-tortillas/

https://foodsguy.com/freeze-tortilla-shells/

Sana Ameer

Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.

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