Posts Tagged with tortillas
Tortilla Love
I recently delved into the world of tortilla making, as I haven’t been able to find tortillas I love in any of the stores.  Central Market has wonderful homemade tortillas they make fresh in the store everyday, but [and this is a big BUT] they give Abigail gas.  If this sounds a little unbelievable, I don’t blame you.  However, I’ve tried them numerous times, with nothing at all in my diet changed except the addition of the tortillas.  And??? Central Market’s tortillas give Abigail gas.  How is this possible?  To be honest I don’t quite know, but I’m thinking there must be some sort of cross-contamination with milk.  Either that or there’s a huge cover-up of Seinfeldian “frozen yogurt” proportions. Regardless, after looking at the ingredients of all the mainstream tortillas in the stores I finally decided to just try to make some myself.  The verdict?  Yay!!!!!  They taste yummy.  So yummy, in fact, that my picky 6 year old declared that they were best tortillas ever. The first recipe I made used flour, baking powder, salt, warm water, and vegetable shortening.  I used the shortening as I didn’t have any decent lard on hand, even though the shortening in and of itself is full of skeevy ingredients.  Using the food processor to cut the shortening in made the entire process take less than 4 minutes.  I then kneaded the dough for about 5 minutes [okay, WAY less than 5 minutes.  Have you tried kneading dough?  Holy cow that’s a workout!!] before cutting it into 12 pieces and letting it rest.  The next step was to roll the dough balls out and then throw them into a hot cast iron skillet for about 45 seconds on each side.  And voila!  Tortillas were done. The second recipe I made was this... Continue Reading
The Quest for Lard
I wandered into the valley of homemade tortillas this week, and my first impression was “Wow, that was really easy!”  This was followed by my second opinion, which was “Hmmmm, I bet these would taste way better made of lard instead of vegetable shortening (which was all I had in the pantry), which was what the recipe had called for.”  So, naturally, I set off on a quest to find lard. I vaguely remembered seeing lard at Kroger and Tom Thumb, but I wasn’t sure how “pure” it was.  The answer I discovered after a trip to my local grocer?  Not very pure at all.  Lard was the main ingredient, followed by hydrogenated lard, followed by three different chemicals to preserve flavor.  I.  THINK.  NOT. This all led me to internet research (which, according to the AMA is dangerous and should be strongly discouraged)  (I jest, people, I jest!).  What I discovered is that organic lard is indeed readily available, you just have to know where to look.  The organic/grass-fed farms that sell items online usually carry it, although they only carry it in large sizes (2.5-5 lbs.). What about buying local?  YES!  There is a local farm that sells at the Dallas Farmers Market on Saturday under the name Busy B’s Market.  The lard is sold in smaller sizes, can be frozen up to a year, and can be used in place of crisco or bacon fat for a large variety of recipes.  It is also available from the same farm though a local Dallas co-op, Brian Speaks. This Saturday morning (since my MIL will be in town and I’ll have people to help with the kids) I’m going to DASH down to the farmer’s market and buy myself some lard.... Permalink