Have you ever wondered if you can freeze flour or corn tortillas? With a few simple tips it’s a fast and easy way to save money on groceries and waste less food!
We’ve tested lots of options to find the best methods for you!
Why should you freeze tortillas/wraps?
There are a few reasons I can think of to freeze wraps/tortillas!
- To Save Money
Prices for tortillas can vary wildly depending on where you live, sales and which grocery stores you have access to.
For example, a bag of 10 large, name brand tortillas costs almost $6 at local stores. However at Costco, the same brand’s tortillas come in bags of 20 for $4.99. You’re essentially getting twice as many tortillas for even less money. In some locations you can get 30 tortillas for $6. That’s a huge difference.
If you live far from Costco, like I do, you might want to stock up on tortillas when you go there. Freezing is a great way to extend the shelf life of the wraps.
If you’re concerned about buying local, know that I am too. Read my thoughts on the subject of Costco and other big box stores here.
- To Waste Less Food
I can’t be the only person who sometimes goes overboard at the grocery store. I love grocery shopping so much, and get so excited about food, that I often come home with more than we can eat before it goes bad. Then I feel guilty about wasting it.
Freezing food is a great way to reduce food waste and also waste less money (because food waste = money waste!)
- To Save Time
If you’re the kind of person who likes to make things from scratch (and I often am), using your freezer is a great way to cook in bulk and store food for later use.
I’ve made tortillas before and I REALLY want to find the time to do it again, because I really dislike all the preservatives in storebought wraps.
When you make your own, you can make a quadruple batch once a month and freeze them to use later!
Can you freeze flour tortilla wraps
Yes! You can freeze flour tortilla wraps and the great news is they freeze and thaw super well, as long as you follow a few simple tips.
Determine whether you want to thaw them individually or as a whole package.
To be able to defrost flour tortillas individually:
Tip: Store flat in the freezer so that the tortillas aren’t bunched up or folded over onto themselves.
To freeze and thaw the entire package at once:
Tip: Try not to be too rough with the packages of tortillas once they are frozen. Pieces can chip off and break very easily, leaving you with ragged tortillas once they are defrosted.
Can you freeze corn tortillas
How to defrost tortillas
Thawing flour tortillas
Thawing corn tortillas
Thawing a package of tortillas
FAQs & Expert Tips for this recipe
You can freeze tortillas for at least six months.
However, the defrosted quality will be best if you make sure not to smash them around in the freezer, because they can crack and break into pieces if you’re rough with them.
Yes, flour tortillas can go bad.
If they’re homemade they may only last a few days stored at room temperature and maybe a week in the fridge.
Storebought flour tortillas have a much longer shelf life due to the preservatives used to make them, but they can still go bad over time – becoming brittle (if left to dry out), limp and soggy (if exposed to moisture), or developing spots of mold (yuck).
Yes, you can definitely freeze whole wheat tortillas. The instructions above will ensure the best quality and texture when you defrost them.
Yes and you will have the best experience with quality and texture if you follow the instructions above.
You can definitely freeze homemade flour tortillas using the steps outlined above. I’ve never tried making homemade corn tortillas, but I think you could also freeze them in the same way you’d freeze storebought ones.
You can use defrosted tortillas for pretty much anything you would normally use tortillas for.
White and whole wheat tortillas can be used to make lunch wraps, quesadillas, soft shell tacos, fajitas, enchiladas, burritos and more.
Corn tortillas can be used to make tacos, taquitos, homemade tortilla chips and more.
If you have a lot of small broken tortilla pieces, try making Chicken Tortilla Soup!