For those of you who have been following along for a while, you know that I am a big fan of Mexican food.
In fact it was the basis for me building my very first vertical garden and eventually led to me writing my book on that subject. ( I wanted to grow my own “Salsa Garden”)
So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that I love tortillas.
But while these are a delicious comfort food for me, in a survival situation where you need to dig in to your food stocks, most people only think to make loafs of bread or simple corn bread.
Now while I won’t discount the taste on either of those, I really thing that a tortilla can be a much better option especially when you need your food to be “on the go” and don’t have time to wait for your bread to rise.
Unfortunately many people don’t realize just how simple, fast, and easy it is to make a tortilla.
I ran across this article on the American Preppers Network, that has a pretty detailed recipe that is full of pictures.
Check it out below:
Corn tortillas are a simple food to make using your food storage supplies. They’re cheap, they’re easy, and they are plentiful. They’re also a main stay for those with a wheat or gluten intolerance!
Here are the basic proportions:
1 cup of masa harina (corn flour, but treated with lime and then ground)
¾ – 1 cup of water
The proportions are very nearly equal – you want to put in *just* enough water to make the dough moist, but not enough to make it tacky. The dough will begin to look smooth, rather than grainy. This is the point to stop adding water.
The next step is to divide the dough. For every cup of flour, you should end up with 8 balls of dough. It looks like this in succession:
When done, each dough ball should be approximately the size of a teaspoon.
The next step is to line your press with either plastic wrap or wax paper. If you choose not to, the dough will stick and be miserable to get off.
Take one dough ball and press. Spin the plastic wrap 180 degrees and press again. This will give you a flat tortilla with this press. Otherwise, they’re lopsided!
Carefully, peel your new tortilla off of the plastic and set on a plate or directly into the hot pan. Repeat for the rest of the dough.
Next, pull out your cast iron frying pan. Heat it up good and hot. Carefully, as to not rip your tortilla, pick up the one on the top and put it onto the hot pan. It will smoke a little as it cooks. Wait until the edges start to lift up, so it looks a little crown-like, and flip it.
When you flip it to the second side, you’re looking for the tortilla to stand up in the opposite direction, on its edges before you pull it off.
This takes some practice and you’ll probably burn a few before you get the timing right for your stove and your pan. This is ok – count it up to practice and set them aside for enchiladas!
When it’s done cooking, pull it off the pan and drop it on a waiting plate.
Mmm…the house smells SO good after you home-cook tortillas! Eat, drink and be merry, knowing you’ve got the best tortillas ever at your fingertips!
You can make flour tortilla with just a few more ingredients, but when it comes to taco’s I always prefer the standard corn tortilla’s
But the uses of a tortilla are not limited to Mexican food. You can create everything from sandwich wraps to desserts ( flour tortilla’s, butter, Cinnamon- sugar, and honey if you have it…Yum!) . These are a real treat for any camp out and can be a quick and easy meal in any survival situation.
Do you have any recipes that you’d like to share with me?
Leave them below.