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Old 10-04-2005, 09:40 AM   #1
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Question Do tortillas go bad?

My hubby went to make a breakfast burrito this morning and found that the tortillas he had bought about a month ago were still good. So exactly how long are they good for?

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Old 10-04-2005, 09:46 AM   #2
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They DO last a long time. I haven't done an experiment to find out how long.
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Old 10-04-2005, 09:52 AM   #3
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It also depends on where they are stored. They last the longest if kept in the freezer but they will keep for a long time in the fridge also. I have had tortillas get moldy but heaven only knows how long that took.
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I agree with crewsk about the storage place... I usually try to finish them within a week or so after it is opened and keep in the fridge, and for a longer period I would put them in a freezer. Even if they don't get moldy the texture usually suffers after certain period in the fridge, they tend to get dry, hard and very unflexible. Or yours may have contained some sort of preservative...
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Old 10-04-2005, 10:05 AM   #5
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I have found the lard/shortening in flour tortilas can go a bit rancid or sour after a really long time.

In the fridge I have kept them for a month or maybe a bit longer.
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Old 10-04-2005, 12:22 PM   #6
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Flour tortillas will keep longer than corn tortillas (ever had a stale nacho chip?), and I've noticed that the big 'brand name' flour tortillas keep longer than the smaller ones produced by Mexican companies (if you have access to a Latino market, you can get them there).

A little story about stale corn tortillas; one very cold, snowy winter in New Jersey, we noticed that the deer were trying to forage in the 3 feet of snow in our yard, and not having much luck. So we scrounged around the house for stale bread, none was to be had. Then found a huge package of old corn tortillas in the back of the pantry, that I had forgotten about. Well, we stood on the deck, and threw out the tortillas like frisbees - and the deer loved them! Wish we would'a had a video camera for that - and don't know what was funnier - the deer eating the tortills, or us playing frisbee with them!
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I thought you were going to say that the deer refused the stale tortillas! Like my picky beagle who won't eat natural peanut butter.
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Old 10-04-2005, 01:10 PM   #8
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...Like my picky beagle who won't eat natural peanut butter.

But does he like Jif or Skippy?? I always thought it was great fun to watch a dog trying to eat peanut butter. They have a tough time trying to figure it out.
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Old 10-04-2005, 01:25 PM   #9
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He loves Jif, especially the "low fat" type which makes up for the lack of fat by adding even more sugar . Once I found that out I gave the jar to the dogs.

Putting it on their nose is the best trick!
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...Putting it on their nose is the best trick!

I like the way you think.
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