A flour tortilla is a type of thin flatbread made from finely ground wheat or corn flour. It is a staple in Mexican dishes such as tacos, burritos, and enchiladas. Because it is rich in nutrients and has very low-fat content, the tortilla has become a popular and healthier alternative to other types of bread. In fact, it is the number two packaged bread product sold in the U.S, behind sliced bread.
Many individuals prefer homemade tortillas over store-bought versions because they tend to be more flavorful and contains no preservatives. If you are planning to send homemade tortillas, they must be properly packed to prevent them from drying up and getting brittle. Here are tips on how to properly pack and ship homemade tortillas.
Wrap freshly-made tortillas in paper towels and place inside a Ziploc bag. The towel absorbs extra moisture while the plastic bag keeps the tortillas from completely drying up. Make sure that the tortillas are completely cool before packing them as condensation can make them soggy or encourage the growth of bacteria and molds. Remove as much air possible before sealing the bag close.
Place the wrapped tortillas inside a sturdy box with a layer of packing material on the bottom. Fill empty spaces on all sides and top with more packing materials to keep the tortillas immobile in the center of the box. When shipping during hot weather, include a cold pack into the package as low temperatures can dry the product.
Close and seal the package with packaging tape. Address and label the box and take to the post office or shipping company. Use the fastest shipping option available and avoid sending out perishable packages near holidays and weekends when the risk of getting stuck in a holding facility is very high.