There’s a sweet spot with tortillas if you under heat them they’ll be hard on the edges, but if you over heat them they will be like cardboard and dry out when you serve them. You can tell you’ve got it right, they will be soft, floppy and moist.
It takes MAX 30 seconds to heat a tortilla, less on a commercial grill - it's a quick process! So don't over do it.
Heating surface needs to be SUPER hot, 10 seconds either side & flip the tortilla twice.
If you want to be organised and pre heat some, heat them and store them in a tortillero or wrapped in a tea towel in a stack. You can pre-heat what you’ll use in say a 1/2 hr period. But it’s a bit like toasting bread, the result will always be better if you do them as you need them.
Yes! definitely. Our tortillas freeze well, they will last around 6 months frozen and don’t loose any of their delicious qualities.
The last ingredient in the list on our tortillas is traces of lime, this refers to a very minimal amount of calcium hydroxide that may be left over from the nixtamalization process our maize flour goes through.To make a real tortilla nixtamalized maize flour must be used. In a nut shell, the dried corn kernals are soaked overnight in a lime (calcium hydroxide) solution then rinsed and ground to make masa (dough), this masa is then dehydrated to make the maize flour we use for our tortillas. This process has been used for thousands of years in Mexico and makes the corn not only easier to digest but the essential nutrients are also more readily available to the body. Read more about nixtamalization here
We don’t use any preservatives and our flour is 100% organic (we are the only tortilla producer in Australia that uses only Organic flour). We don’t believe that real food should last a long time, food is at it’s best when it’s fresh!
We use certified non gmo cottonseed Oil to fry our tortillas to make totopos.
Which oil to use is always a tricky decision - we chose cottonseed oil because of the flavour profile & because we didn't want anything to do with palm oil.
We did trial olive oil, coconut oil & sunflower oil - all of them left a funny after taste that we didn't like. There is also a world wide shortage of cooking oils and so the decision also had to be based on what we can actually get.
Blue corn is a variety of corn, the kernel actually has blue pigment, this is what gives it its colour. Like purple cabbage or blueberries. Blue corn is an ancient variety of corn & is actually really good for you. Read more about it here
Dona Cholita products are stocked in over 200 stores across Australia. Check in your local health food stores, fruit and veg shop or grocer, or any independent grocers. To find your closest store try our Stockist Finder
We are a tortilla & chip producer first and foremost - So that we can focus on making the best tortillas & totopos you've tasted we use Distributors to get our products around. If you want to get your hands on our products check out our wholesale page for a list of the distributors that we work with.