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Tortillas are great to have on hand in order to make hearty meat-filled burritos, melt-in-your-mouth fajitas stuffed with spicy grilled chicken and topped with fresh veggies. Tortillas are incredibly versatile, and they can be fried, baked or eaten straight from the package, but they do require some simple steps for successful storage.

Refrigeration

Place tortillas in a plastic food storage bag and seal tightly to avoid drying. The original bag from the store is fine as long as it features an airtight seal.

Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Check for signs of drying around the edges, which is an indication that the tortillas should be used sooner rather than later.

Freezer

Cut a cardboard round cut from a cereal box to the size of the tortillas. Rounds from frozen pizza also work well.

Stack tortillas on top of the cardboard, alternating tortillas with parchment paper or waxed paper to separate individual tortillas. The cardboard prevents tortillas from losing their shape while freezing, and the parchment makes it easy to remove individual tortillas without thawing the entire package.

Seal in a large freezer bag and freeze for up to three months.

Remove individual tortillas when needed.

Tip

It is possible to store flour tortillas at room temperature for a few days. Keep them tightly sealed in plastic wrap or a food storage bag to prevent drying. If tortillas become dry, sprinkle with a few drops of water, cover with damp paper towels and reheat in the microwave for 10 seconds.

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