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Old 04-29-2019, 02:07 PM   #1
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Does anyone make tortillas?

I've bought flour tortillas, lately, that dry out quickly even when I steam them soft. Must have a chemical to dry in it.

Do you have a favorite tortilla brand? Have you made them?
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I don’t make them, I buy them. Keep them wrapped in fridge,
they last for weeks.
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I guess it's too labor intensive for most.

I may be buying too cheap of tortillas.
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Oh, to answer the question on brands...I buy the Chi Chi ones.
They are good.
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I love flour tortillas and usually buy Rio Grande brand. These are made by La Ranchera here in Houston, they make several brands all tasting a little different and costing different also.

To reheat them I prefer a griddle to microwave. You need a good hot griddle, heat resistant finger tips and have to move fast. They take seconds only, too long and they get crisp.

I have tried this recipe. Personally I think it has a little too much fat in it. Next time I try to make them I'll use 1 less Tablespoon of lard. I don't have the skill to roll them out round but do they really need to be round?

https://www.rickbayless.com/recipe/flour-tortillas/
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I love flour tortillas and usually buy Rio Grande brand. These are made by La Ranchera here in Houston, they make several brands all tasting a little different and costing different also.

To reheat them I prefer a griddle to microwave. You need a good hot griddle, heat resistant finger tips and have to move fast. They take seconds only, too long and they get crisp.

I have tried this recipe. Personally I think it has a little too much fat in it. Next time I try to make them I'll use 1 less Tablespoon of lard. I don't have the skill to roll them out round but do they really need to be round?

https://www.rickbayless.com/recipe/flour-tortillas/
Interesting, how they incorporate the lard, first. As soon as water is added, gluten begins to form & will make it tougher, the longer it's worked. Like pie crust.
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Interesting, how they incorporate the lard, first. As soon as water is added, gluten begins to form & will make it tougher, the longer it's worked. Like pie crust.
Yes. I've started combining the lard (I don't use shortening) with the dry ingredients in most recipes I make adding liquid last. I just rub it in with fingers to the proverbial cornmeal look stage, even when I make cornbread. I think it gives a much more tender crumb like that. Pancakes come out almost cottony looking inside.
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“Santa Fe” tortilla from sams club. High fiber. Low carbs. No hydrogenated vegetable oil. Taste great. Regarding tortillas-2d060bf6-05b7-4b6e-850c-b651ab57c355.png
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I think the brands are regionally different.

The main market here has 50% Hispanic customers. I asked a young Mexican-American clerk whose mom makes them. Lucked out! So I have hand made Masa tortillas, & Guerrero ready to bake tortillas & cooked ones. I must have 50 tortillas!
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I may be the loner on this but I prefer corn tortillas. I regularly eat at a restaurant owned by a man named Juan who makes the best tacos I have ever had and it's the traditional two corn tortilla taco. I have thought flour tortillas tasted second best ever since.
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I keep the flour ones in the fridge for months so you must be speaking of corn ones which don't keep quite as long but will keep longer in the Fridge.



You can make either at home but without a press it will be hard to make the thin kind you buy. Corn tortillas are nothing more than masa harina corn meal, water and salt. The recipe is on the bag of corn meal. Do not substitute regular corn meal.


The real deal made at home bears little resemblance to the commercial product the fast food industry has popularized.
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I keep the flour ones in the fridge for months so you must be speaking of corn ones which don't keep quite as long but will keep longer in the Fridge.



You can make either at home but without a press it will be hard to make the thin kind you buy. Corn tortillas are nothing more than masa harina corn meal, water and salt. The recipe is on the bag of corn meal. Do not substitute regular corn meal.


The real deal made at home bears little resemblance to the commercial product the fast food industry has popularized.
No, it's the flour tortillas that dry out. It is drier here. I suspect a drying chemical to prevent mold, but don't really want to research the chemicals.
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I may be the loner on this but I prefer corn tortillas. I regularly eat at a restaurant owned by a man named Juan who makes the best tacos I have ever had and it's the traditional two corn tortilla taco. I have thought flour tortillas tasted second best ever since.
Yes, they are definately good for different dishes. Do you like tamales? Corn, also.
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We buy local so it's always fresh (even in the Costco size) https://tacolocoalaska.com/

If I forget about them in the back of the fridge till they start getting stiff/crumbly on me, I toss them in a pan of hot canola oil for about 3 seconds; softens them right up!
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If anyone is interested, I found an interesting Wikipedia about "nixtamalization" - the making of masa. We learned a simpler version in 5th grade when we studied simple Spanish. Good teachers in those days.
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