Why do my corn tortillas always break up?

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Randy Mayor; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

"Last night I was trying a new recipe. The recipe said to wrap them in a damp paper towel and microwave for one minute. During assembly they immediately started breaking and peeling. This seems to be a constant theme in my kitchen. What am I doing wrong?" Clare

To keep tortillas pliable after you heat them, stack them under a slightly dampened cloth or paper towel until the moment you use them. I am guessing that you took the stack out of the microwave, uncovered it, and proceeded to roll or fill the tortillas one at a time, which left the others uncovered—and subject to breaking and peeling. Don't let the entire stack sit out while you work with one at a time; keep the unused portion loosely covered with the damp cloth.

See our collection of Mexican Recipes if you are looking for more way to cook with tortillas. Recipe: Enchiladas de Pollo (Chicken Enchiladas)

Marge Perry
Feb, 2011
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