Flour tortillas are one of the most versatile ingredients you can have in your kitchen. From making delicious enchiladas to acting as an effective substitute for lasagne sheets, they have a wide variety of uses.
One downside to flour tortillas, however, is that they come in packs of 8 or more. This means that, while they can be used for so many different things, you’re often left with more than you need. Which leaves us wondering, “Can you freeze flour tortillas?”
The answer is yes! Flour tortillas can be stored in your freezer until you’re ready to use them again. This makes them even more versatile and, in the process, helps you reduce the amount of food waste your household produces.
So, if you’ve got a packet or two of flour tortillas that are approaching their expiration date, don’t panic! Below, we’ll guide you through everything you need to know about how to freeze your tortillas and, most importantly, how to defrost them when you’re ready to use them again!
How to Freeze Flour Tortillas
Let’s take a look at the best way to freeze flour tortillas, to begin with. There are a couple of options available to you here, depending on the situation of the packaging your flour tortillas are currently in.
If they remain unopened, freezing your tortillas is as simple as putting them straight into the freezer as they are. Don’t be tempted to open the packet and separate them, as you run the risk of giving them freezer burn. Just put them straight in as if you’ve just brought them back from the store.
If the packet is already open and you’re freezing the remaining flour tortillas, the freezing process is a little more involved but certainly isn’t a difficult one. Begin by separating each tortilla from the stack, laying them out flat across your kitchen counter.
Next, tear a piece of baking parchment off the roll and place a tortilla on top of it. Next, place another piece of parchment on top of the tortilla. Stack another tortilla on top of the parchment paper, and cover the top of that one with another piece of parchment.
Continue this process until the entire stack is put back together, with parchment preventing each one from touching. Imagine you’re wrapping several presents for a game of pass the parcel and you’re basically there!
Once everything is stacked up and separated, slide the flour tortillas into a freezer bag and squeeze all of the air out of it. Seal the bag, and place it in the freezer.
How to Defrost Flour Tortillas
When a recipe calls for the flour tortillas you’ve got stashed in your deep freeze, you’ll need to make sure they are fully defrosted before using them. Attempting to roll a frozen tortilla will simply result in multiple snapped-off shards flying all over your kitchen!
So, how do you defrost a flour tortilla? Much like the freezing process, you’ve got a couple of avenues you can explore. The defrosting process will also be dedicated by the way you’ve frozen your tortillas as well.
If you’ve got an entire, unopened packet in your freezer, defrosting is as simple as removing them from the freezer as a whole and leaving them on your kitchen counter to defrost. It’s a good idea to put them on a plate first though, otherwise, a small pool of water may collect underneath them and begin running towards the floor!
If you’ve frozen them individually, the baking parchment you placed in between each of the tortillas will allow you to free them individually as well. This is ideal if you only need one or two from the stack. As with the method above, leaving your tortillas to defrost on a plate will be sufficient.
There might, of course, be an instance in which you’ve forgotten to plan ahead and defrost your flour tortillas. But this is easily rectified by defrosting them in a microwave oven. If you do need to do this, make sure you’ve removed all packaging and place your tortillas on a microwaveable plate.
Select the correct defrost function on your microwave oven and thaw them this way. It’s also worth checking once a minute to see how they’re getting on. If they’re left defrosting in the microwave too long, they can move past the defrost stage and begin toasting. This will also make them virtually impossible to roll.
Factors to Consider Before Freezing Flour Tortillas
While freezing any type of food is a fantastic way to save it for another day, there are some things you need to consider beforehand. This rule applies to flour tortillas as well.
The first thing to consider is how long a flour tortilla can be frozen for. Even though you’re extending the life of your tortillas by freezing them, it doesn’t give them eternal life! Generally speaking, flour tortillas will last for around 6-8 months in the freezer before their quality begins to degrade.
It’s also very important to make sure that the packaging you’re storing your tortillas in is completely airtight. Even the smallest tear can result in your tortillas being subjected to freezer burn, which will significantly reduce their quality.
If you’re concerned about the state of their packaging in any way, it’s always worth placing them inside another airtight container or freezer bag. This will help to give you that extra peace of mind that they will be in perfect condition when you need them.
So there you have it! Everything you need to know about freezing and thawing flour tortillas can be found above. Following this advice will help you reduce your food waste, save you money, and allow you to keep a stash of delicious flour tortillas that are ready to use whenever you need them.
Remember to keep them in an airtight container and make sure they’re not stashed away for more than 6-8 months at a time, though. Otherwise, you may find that those perfect fajitas you’ve been dreaming of making all day are ruined by freezer-burnt flour tortillas!