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Tortilla

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Tortilla

• Tortillas are traditionally unleavened flatbreads or pancakes that are made of either corn or wheat flour, water, vegetable shortening and a little salt.

• Corn tortillas date back around 10,000 years before Christ and were made of corn with dried kernels.

• The word “tortilla” comes from the Spanish word “torta” which means “round cake.” When the Spanish brought wheat to the New World, flour tortillas were created.

• Modern tortillas are made from whole wheat flour, spelt flour, sprouted grains or gluten-free flour blends. They are the fastest growing sector of the U.S. baking industry.

Seasonality

Year-Round

Selection & Storage

• Packaged tortillas should be stored in a cool dry environment not susceptible to temperature change. Temperature changes can make the moisture in the air condense inside the packages, which leads mold to grow and tortillas to spoil.

• A refrigerator is highly recommended (but not required) to extend the shelf life of tortillas.

• When making homemade tortillas (they are actually so easy!), you can keep them fresh longer by storing them in your refrigerator below 40 °F.

Cooking Tips

Place five or fewer tortillas on a microwavable plate and cover them with a damp paper towel. Microwave in 30-second bursts until they are warmed through.
Wrap five or fewer tortillas together in a packet of aluminum foil and put it in an oven pre-heated at 350° for 15-20 minutes, until heated through.
Char the tortillas directly over your gas burner for a few seconds using tongs. This works best when the tortillas are very fresh.

Clever Uses

• Cut tortillas into small pieces then drizzle with a high-heat oil such as sunflower or canola; bake at 400 °F for 5-7 minutes or until crispy. Use as a topping for salads, slaws, soups, stews or chilis.

• For a tortilla pizza, bake a tortilla in the oven, top with pasta sauce, grated cheese and your favorite toppings; broil or bake to melt the cheese and serve.

• Make a dessert! Stuff warmed tortillas with berries, whipped cream, ice cream, non-dairy frozen dessert, lemon curd, sliced fresh apples, or your favorite fruit.

Health Benefits

Tortillas serve as a source of dietary fiber.

Tortillas benefit your circulation by boosting your iron intake.

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