Looking to learn how to freeze tortilla wraps?
Tortilla wraps are great for freezing and creating healthy make-ahead meals for the whole family.
While storing your tortillas in an airtight container may slightly extend the shelf life, you can extend it further (up to 2 months) by moving the tortillas to the freezer.
Tortillas were one of the first foods I found myself consistently freezing to save money. I’d buy packets of 10 reduced to just a couple of pence in the supermarket at the end of the day, freezing them and using them at a later date.
They are a fantastic alternative to thick slices of bread for lunch wraps and make for the perfect accompaniment to the majority of Mexican dinners.
When To Freeze Tortilla Wraps
You should freeze tortilla wraps as soon as they have been made (and cooled) or straight after purchasing them from the store. This helps to preserve the foods taste and texture.
However, I have frozen tortillas that were due to go out the same day and seen little to no physical difference between those frozen with 3 or 4 days shelf life remaining.
Just be sure that your tortillas are frozen according to the instructions below, and are free from mould or damage prior to storing and prior to serving after being defrosted.
Tools & Equipment For Freezing Food
These are my tried and tested tools and equipment for freezing food.
Whether it’s fresh fruits or completely prepared meals these tools will make the process easier, and the food last longer and taste better!
Containers – We opt for glass containers as they are better for the environment, much higher quality and don’t stain like plastic, however they are an investment.
So if you’re short on money buy high-quality plastic containers in the meantime.
Just be sure that you buy your containers in a range of sizes as you’ll be using them to freeze and store a range of different foods.
Ziplock Bags – Invest in quality freezer bags and they’ll help keep out air, prevent frost and keep your food fresh for longer.
The majority of the high-quality ziplock bags come with a small area for you to write information about the food (i.e. what it is, when it was frozen and defrosting instructions) on the bag.
Ice Cube Trays – Ice cube trays can help you freeze more than just water. Instead, we use them for freezing small portions of food such as egg whites, tomato sauce, pesto etc.
Simply add the food to the tray, freeze and once frozen pop the food out and into a ziplock bag, then you can simply take one or two portions of food out and defrost as needed.
Foil Baking Containers – We use foil baking containers when we’re batch cooking frozen meals.
They are affordable, durable and come in a variety of sizes allowing you to portion out or put everything in one large container to be cooked at a later date.
If all that wasn’t enough, the majority of meals are safe to be cooked in the oven with the foil container. This reduces the amount of hassle, time and washing up you’ll have to do – winner!
How To Freeze Tortilla Wraps
Tortilla wraps are super simple to freeze as they require little to no preparation prior to being frozen.
Simply take your tortillas and pop a sheet of wax paper between each one – this prevents them from freezing together. Then simply put the stack of tortillas into a freezable container or freezer bag.
Then transfer the freezer bag/container to the freezer. Try and keep the tortillas flat so they maintain their shape. If you bend the tortillas during the freezing process they will likely crack and eventually rip apart during the defrosting process.
Tortillas can be frozen safely for up to two months.
How To Defrost Tortilla Wraps
You can quickly and easily defrost your tortillas in the microwave without damaging them.
Simply change the settings of your microwave to the defrost setting and pop your tortilla into the microwave.
If you’re defrosting more than one you’ll be best doing one after the other, rather than putting all your tortillas into the microwave at one time.
Then set the timer on your microwave to 40 seconds.
After 40 seconds remove your tortillas from the microwave and check that they have thoroughly defrosted.
If not, return them to the microwave for a further 10 seconds and repeat this method until the tortillas are fully defrosted.
You can also opt to move the tortillas from the freezer into the refrigerator to defrost over one or two days. You can then move the defrosted tortillas into the microwave to reheat them if required.
How To Tell If Tortilla Wraps Have Gone Bad
Tortilla wraps become stiff as they get old. If a tortilla shows signs of mold then it has gone bad and should be thrown away along with any others inside the package that also demonstrate these signs.
If you eat a tortilla wrap that has mold on it or has gone bad then you could get food poisoning and become violently ill – it’s not worth it!
As well as preserving tortilla wraps in the freezer for the long term you can also store them in the fridge for up to 5 – 7 days past the expiry date provided that you check for signs of mold or damage before serving.