How to Freeze Tortilla Shells

by Sommer Leigh ; Updated September 28, 2017

Freeze tortillas to extend their life.

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Tortillas date back to Mayan times when peasants, according to legends, made corn-based tortillas for the kings. Today, these bread substitutes are made from corn or flour and come grilled, fried or baked. When buying in bulk or when preparing tortillas from scratch, you may need to freeze them for long-term storage. Tortillas freeze easily and maintain their freshness as long as you store them properly.

Place a piece of waxed paper between each tortilla if storing flat tortillas. This makes it easier to remove individual tortillas from the packaging without having to use the entire package.

Choose to either freeze the tortillas in their original packaging or in a freezer-safe, sealed container such as a freezer bag.

Place the stacked tortillas in the container and press out the excess air. Seal the packaging or freezer bag tightly. Place the tortillas in the freezer.

Set the shells in the refrigerator 1 to 2 days before you plan to use them to thaw them completely.

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Sommer Leigh has produced home, garden, family and health content since 1997 for such nationally known publications as "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "Midwest Living," "Healthy Kids" and "American Baby." Leigh also owns a Web-consulting business and writes for several Internet publications. She has a Bachelor of Science in information technology and Web management from the University of Phoenix.