Thursday, May 2, 2013

Make Your Own Tortillas - Quick, Cheap, and Healthy!

Wraps are healthy, right?
... not necessarily. 

The tortillas themselves may contian ingredients that are harmful to your health. We're talking about ingredients that are known to be hazardous. (For example, the potassium sorbate found in some commercial tortillas is a known carcinogen.) That's not including the many forms of sugar that are found in the majority of processed foods. (excess sugar intake inhibits insulin production, contributes to type II Diabetes, and leads to obesity and other related health issues) 

That's just two ingredients. 

I figure I'll save us the risk and even money (they're $3-4 for a 10 pack in store), by making tortillas ourselves. It's super quick and easy. Then at least we know what's in it :) 

I use this recipe from Mennonite Girls Can Cook (using whole wheat flour instead of white though) These yummy tortillas have become a staple in our kitchen! 

Flour Tortillas 
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup oil / shortening
  • 2/3 cup hot water
  1. Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
  2. Cut in oil / shortening until crumbly.
  3. Pour in hot water, a little at a time, mixing with a fork until dough comes together.
  4. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead a few minutes until smooth.
  5. Cover and let rest 45 minutes.
  6. Divide dough into 8 pieces and roll each piece into a ball, cover balls with plastic wrap. 
  7. With a rolling pin, roll each ball into a 6-7 inch circle, don't worry they don't have to be perfect circles. Cook one tortilla while you roll out the next one. 
  8. Preheat your pan on medium heat. Do not add oil.
  9. Place tortilla in hot pan and cook until small bubbles appear before flipping to the other side, cook approx one minute on each side.   
  10. Stack cooked tortillas and cover with a tea towel till all are cooked.
  11. Now they are ready for your favorite recipe.  Can be frozen for future use.
Enjoy! We sure do :)


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