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Jul 16, 2010 08:58 PM

How, and how long can I keep corn tortillas fresh?

I'm on a food expedition tomorrow, and plan to stop by a tortilla factory to pick up some fresh corn tortillas. It's about 2 hours out from where I live, so I would like to stock up a little.

Can someone help me with the following questions:
(1) What's the best way to keep them fresh?
(2) How long can I keep them, in the fridge, or the freezer?


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  1. I, too, live a couple of hours away from a good tortilla place, just picked up 240 yesterday, put them about 20 to a zip-lock bag in the freezer. I find that they keep fine for at least a week in the fridge, sealed in the bag. I have no doubt that those in the freezer will be fine for the 2-3 months that it will take us to eat them.

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    1. re: andrewtree

      Oh good! Thanks andrewtree. I made the "mistake" of trying it fresh once and I can't seem to go back to the supermarket stuff anymore.

      Any tips on best way to thaw? Planning to thaw overnight in the fridge and slight steam to get them back to (almost) fresh. I don't have a microwave.

      Also planning to get some tamales for the freezer. I'm pretty sure that should freeze alright.

      1. re: ozinboz

        As a single person, I always freeze fresh corn tortillas or they would go bad before I could use them all. I don't even bother to defrost them, just separate them out of the freezer bag, toss into a hot pan one at a time with bit of water for steaming (or a steamer would also do the trick) to re-heat and then keep warm under a clean towel in the oven. Tamales also keep very well in the freezer. All you need to do is steam them, at times up to an hour depending on the filling. I would never microwave either. Steaming works the best.

    2. Yes we get fresh tortillas without preservatives and freeze them. They peel right off the stack out of the freezer and then we toast them in the toaster oven, which releases just enough steam for a perfect tortillas. I am addicted to corn tortillas.

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      1. re: jsaimd

        Thank you Persnickety and jsaimd. My tortillas are stacked and stored :) Fish tacos here I come!