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How do I heat up tortillas like restaurants do? They make them so soft.

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How do I heat up tortillas like restaurants do? They make them so soft.

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Question: How do I heat up tortillas like restaurants do? They make them so soft.
Dot asked this common question. The reason why the flour tortillas at many restaurants are so soft and warm, is that usually they make them right there. If they are using pre-made tortillas, they keep them in a hot, slightly moist place until ready for use.

Store bought flour tortillas have lost moisture over time and will become dry or stiff if improperly heated. To re-heat tortillas, they should be lightly steamed so no more moisture is lost.

Answer: Techniques-

Microwave
Put a tortilla on a plate, covered with a damp paper towel. Alternate tortillas with paper towels. Microwave for 30 seconds to one minute, depending on how many tortillas.

Oven
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Wrap a stack of tortillas in a damp dishtowel and place in a casserole dish of similar size. Cover with a lid or a piece of aluminum foil tightly on the dish. Place in oven for 20 minutes.

Once the tortillas are heated, transfer them to a tortilla warmer to keep them nice and hot. Or on a plate under a warm damp dishtowel.

Brands
Also, the brand makes a difference. Bend the package of tortillas before you buy them, they should not be stiff. Compare the bend ability and the thickness to other brands. Mission makes a thicker tortilla and Guerrero makes a thinner one.

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