Can You Freeze Tortillas?

Breaded products tend to go off more quickly than some other foods, so it isn’t uncommon to find yourself with the need to store any leftover tortillas in the freezer for another day. Typically, the shelf life of this product isn’t usually longer than a week.

Thankfully, tortillas can be stored in the freezer easily and they will still be fine to use as normal when you defrost them at a later date. 

Tortillas don’t tend to change in taste or texture after being frozen as long as you wait for them to be completely defrosted before eating them. The same rule applies for both corn flour tortillas and wheat flour tortillas, and you can freeze either of these options, as the rules will not change depending on the flour that was used to make them.

However, there are some things that you will need to know about freezing tortillas correctly in order to maintain the best quality.

How to Freeze Tortillas

It is really easy and straightforward to freeze your leftover tortillas, and they will still taste just as good later as they were before they were frozen. The first thing that you should do before freezing tortillas is to find a suitable container to put them in. The best method of freezing tortillas is to put them in a zip-lock freezer bag. This is because the bag will protect them from frost and help them to keep in more nutrients.

Freezer bags do just as the name suggests and will store your foods safely in the freezer. If you stack the tortillas inside the bags, you will be able to put them in the freezer for later easily. These bags are also reusable so that you can use them more than once. If you want the tortillas to keep their shape, you should be mindful of how many you put into one bag.

A great idea is to have one portion in one bag and then store as many as you like. We recommend freezing the amount that you would use at one time per bag. 

If they are store-bought tortillas, and the packaging has not yet been opened, your best option is to keep them in their designed packaging and put them in the freezer as they are. This will make them more likely to last longer when they are frozen.

How to Defrost Tortillas

Defrosting your tortillas correctly is just as important as freezing them correctly. The best and easiest way to do this is to take the desired amount out of the freezer and let them defrost on their own on the counter.

You might want to put a plate underneath them to catch the excess water as they defrost. Depending on how thick they are and how many of them are in a stack, they shouldn’t typically take longer than a few hours to defrost. 

If you forgot to take them out of the freezer in time, and you’re in a bit of a rush, you can put them in the microwave on a low power setting for short periods of time. Some microwaves will have a specific defrost setting that you can use, but failing this, a low power setting will suffice.

If you heat them up too quickly, they are likely to be inedible because they will become too moist and will fall apart if you try to pick them up. It can also result in overcooking them if you don’t put the microwave on a lower setting, which will make them go hard and crispy. 

If you followed our recommendation and separated the tortillas when freezing them, it will make it much easier to take them apart when you want to use them. Individual defrosting will take much less time than if they were all stuck together in a stack.

Factors to Consider Before Freezing

Something that is really important to note is that if the tortillas you are freezing are ones that you have made yourself, you will need to make sure that they have cooled down after cooking. Another alternative is to freeze them before you cook them, so they are prepared and ready for use.

You shouldn’t put them in the freezer when they are still warm because they will degrade quicker due to the sudden change in temperature. In order to keep in the flavor, you will need to wait for them to cool down. 

If you have lots of tortillas that need to be frozen, try to separate them into portion bags. These tortillas will be nearly impossible to separate without breaking them when they are still frozen, and if you don’t want to take out the entire amount, portions will help you here. You can also use baking paper in between each individual tortilla to make it easier to separate when they are frozen.

Another thing to make a note of is that tortillas will not last forever once they have been frozen. They will last a long time, usually around six to nine months, but they will start to lose their taste and texture after this amount of time.

The earlier you use them, the better they will taste. A general rule is that store-bought tortillas will last longer when frozen than homemade ones because they also contain preservatives to keep them fresher for longer.

Summary

A quick answer to the questions asked is yes, you can freeze tortillas, but you will need to take the time to be careful and separate them into portions to make it easier for you when it comes to defrosting them. Always remember to wait for them to cool down before freezing.

The best part is that you can leave them in the freezer for around six to nine months before you have to eat them, which is more than enough time to get around to using them. However, don’t forget that the longer you keep them frozen, the less high-quality they will be. For the best results, you should consume them within three months.