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Can You Freeze Tortillas?

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Tortillas are available in every major supermarket and are often quite cheap, so they can be a great product to buy in bulk. This is a particularly great hack if you live alone and aren’t able to eat a full batch of tortillas at once, but how should you go about storing them?

Can You Freeze Tortillas?

Yes, you can freeze tortillas for up to 8 months. You can freeze both corn and flour tortillas, simply place into a Ziploc bag and freeze.

Do Tortillas Freeze Well? Yes

Can You Refreeze Tortillas? Yes

How to Freeze Tortillas

Both flour and corn tortillas are easy to freeze. One thing to check beforehand is, if your tortillas are showing any signs of mould or bacteria, do not freeze them!

If they are within date and look fine, then freezing can be a great way of preserving them.

If you are planning to use the tortillas all in one go, you can freeze them in their original packaging.

If, however, you are going to be using them individually, take the tortillas out of their packaging and place a sheet of greaseproof paper or parchment paper in between each tortilla, separating them. You can then transfer the stack into a ziplock bag. 

4 Tips for Freezing Tortillas

Now you know how to freeze them, we’ve got our 4 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing tortillas to have the best results:

Use Large Pieces of Parchment
The reason behind using parchment paper in between the tortillas is so that they don’t stick together when they are freezing. So, the key is to make sure the piece of parchment in between each tortilla is big enough to ensure that even the edges of the tortillas are not touching each other. 

Press Out All Extra Air
When you are putting the tortillas into a ziplock bag, be sure to press out any extra air that may have been trapped in the bag. This will make storage far easier!

Do Not Place Anything On Top
When storing in the freezer, make sure you don’t place anything on top of the freezer bag as this will squash the tortillas together and possibly impact their texture.

Once all the air is squeezed out, the bag should be relatively flat and thin, so an easy item to place on top of other things at the top of a freezer shelf or drawer. 

Label and Date Clearly
As with any frozen food, it is key to label what is inside the bag or container and also to note down the date you froze it. This will help when assessing whether the food items are still good and still within their frozen use by date.

How Long Can You Freeze Tortillas?

If stored correctly, tortillas can be stored for between 6-8 months. After this period, there is a risk that the tortillas will begin to dry out ad the texture will be completely off when you come to eat them.

You Can Freeze Tortillas for up to 8 Months

How Do You Defrost Tortillas?

If you have frozen the tortillas in a large stack in their original packaging, simply take them out of the freezer and leave them to thaw out of the fridge for a couple of hours.

If you have frozen the tortillas in individual portions, take out as many tortillas as you need and follow the above steps. Obviously, defrosting individual tortillas will take far less time than defrosting a whole stack but within a couple of hours, they should be ready to use.

They will defrost easily and then resemble a fresh tortilla which you can use in any dish of your choice from empanadas to a simple wrap for lunch.

Can You Refreeze Tortillas?

Technically, you can refreeze tortillas but refreezing is rarely recommended.

If a food product goes through constant freezing, thawing and refreezing, it can severely impact the texture, which then impacts its use in a dish.

With flour tortillas and corn tortillas, they can have the tendency to become a bit soggy. This is why freezing individual portions is so useful as it reduces the need to refreeze products. 

Do Tortillas Freeze Well?

Yes, tortillas will freeze well and are a really handy item to have in the freezer!

Providing that they are stored correctly, kept on top of other items rather than under them, and the tortillas are frozen with greaseproof paper in between them, then tortillas will freeze well!

If you’ve still got questions about freezing tortillas or tortillas in general, then these may help:

Can You Freeze Packaged Tortillas?

Yes, if you have bought a packet of tortillas from the supermarket then you can put the whole packet in the freezer. Remember, however, that you’ll need to thaw them all to use them.

Can You Freeze Whole Wheat Tortillas?

Yes, you can freeze tortillas made with most types of flour including masa harina, bread flour or wholewheat flour.

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