7/1/05 | Uncooked Flour Tortillas
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In most cases, eating food that is uncooked or undercooked (with the exception of sashimi and a few other things) is definitely not a good idea. Unless your idea of fun includes a residency on the toilet and/or a trip to the doctor’s office. But these uncooked flour tortillas from CostCo were kind of interesting. In the usual manner of CostCo, they come in a double pack of 36 each.
These things are NOT cheap, and therefore I wouldn’t cover them in Cheap Eats, except that I usually get one package of 36 free because my mom buys these and she always gives us a pack because she can never finish both on her own. I believe it’s something like 4-5 dollars for the whole thing, which would make one pack of 36 about 2 bucks. You can probably get pre-cooked flour tortillas (the Mission brand or a variety of others) for pretty cheap at the grocery store.
However, those tend to taste pretty thick and rubbery… I mean if you are going to use it as a burrito wrapper slop a huge amount of ground beef, cheese, lettuce, beans, and hot sauce it’ll do it’s duty of keeping the filling inside. That’s about all it will contribute though. We used to throw the old ones like frisbees for fun.
Anyone who has had “real” flour or corn tortillas either homemade or in a restaurant can attest to just how good a tortilla can be. How good? Well, you just peel one of these uncooked frisbees off the rest in the package, plop it on a hot griddle (you can use a non-stick pan too), and let it puff up… and then you can eat it straight off the grill! No kidding, you don’t need any filling, or even butter or cheese. I cook these up for a snack and just eat them plain. Really delicious.
Granted, they won’t beat the homemade variety, but interestingly, these are made with Canola Oil instead of lard or other animal fats. So I suppose they are not too bad for you.
You can get some really good “browning” marks on these too. They start off looking like pasta dough, but as soon as you put them on a hot griddle they start to puff up like a balloon from the trapped hot air inside. Sometimes, it gets a bit unwieldy with the way it puffs up and that can lead to uneven browning. So I usually take a fork and pop holes in the places that are puffing up. If you decide
to just let it puff away, then don’t worry: they deflate pretty fast by the time you take them off.
As I said, they are great on their own, or you can just fill them with your usual burrito mixtures. And they do make good quesadillas. One thing about these tortillas is that because they are uncooked they are perishable and need to be refrigerated once opened. They won’t last more than a week or so after opening the inner package. Not that they last that long anyway… they usually all end up in my belly in a week’s time. Now, if only they weren’t so darn expensive.
A definite lower score for them, because of the price, but slightly higher because of the usability factors…
Cheap Eats Score: 6/10