How to Defrost Tortillas

by Elizabeth Harding

Tortillas are a popular food for countless dishes. They are usable as the base in a taco, burrito, quesadilla, or even breakfast. They are also easy to cook and store.

But, they do not always age well if left out for too long. It is also the case if you defrost for too long i.e. They often become too dry after being frozen.

Today we go through instructions on how to defrost them so that you can use them again without any hassle.

We present three options.

Leave them to Thaw Out in Room Temperature [15-20 minutes]

Leave them out at room temperature for 15-20 minutes. It will help them get back to the original softness and texture that you are looking for in this food.

Toaster or Under the Grill [15 seconds]

It is ideal if you are going to eat it straight away. The concern is that it may dry it out, so do not let it overcook in the toaster or grill. It is wise to sprinkle some water on it before using this method, but that is only advisable if grilling it. Do not get water involved if you are using the toaster as this is a fire hazard.

Microwave [5-30 seconds]

Heat them in the microwave for a short time. It allows it to defrost a small amount but still maintain its structure as a tortilla. The time that it takes to heat it will depend on your microwave, but 5-10 second intervals at a time will do the job.

Straight into the pan [5-30 seconds]

Defrost them straight onto a cast iron pan (or any other cooking surface). Once defrosted, you can use them to make a variety of dishes.

Use Plastic Sleeves Before Freezing Tortillas

If you didn't place freezer paper between the tortillas before freezing them, you must be careful when you thaw them out. For example, if you've got a batch of 10 flour tortillas and you only need 2 or 3, then you're not going to defrost all 10.

Remember not to let your tortillas sit around for too long at room temperature as they'll dry out.

So if you've got a bunch of them sitting on the counter, it's best to put them back into the fridge. Make you remember to wrap it in plastic sleeves, cling film or use a damp towel to keep them from drying out.

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