Storage & Handling
Flour Tortillas and Flavor Wraps

To ensure that our operator customers get the best results when using Mission tortillas, several basic handling procedures are recommended. When handled in this manner, results will always be outstanding:

Handle with Care

Mission Foods stores and ships all of our flour tortillas/flavored wraps at ambient/shelf stable temperature.

shelf-stable temperature tortillas are ready-to-use right out of the box.

Before opening bag, gently twist the stack of tortillas back and forth 3-4 times to loosen and separate the individual tortillas.

Once bag is opened, make sure to cover/seal the remaining tortillas to keep the tortillas from getting dry and cracking.

Do not remove and stack bags out of box more than 4 packages high. Stacking bags higher than 4 high may cause the product on the bottom of the stack to stick and crack.

Though not recommended, product can be refrigerated. If using tortillas that have been refrigerated, bring the tortillas to room temperature by removing from the case and letting them stand in the bag for 4-6 hours prior to using.

Tortillas give the best results when warmed prior to use:

  • Flat top grill – warm for 5-10 seconds per side at 350°F
  • Steamer – 3-7 seconds in a table top steamer
  • Microwave – 10-20 seconds depending on microwave

Storing Flour Tortillas

DRY STORAGE

Store in a cool dry place. Avoid storing near any source of heat.

Keep the product in the original box. The dividers in the box are designed to keep the product from sticking together due to the weight and pressure. If bags are removed from original box, do not stack higher than 4 bags high. Over stacking will cause the tortillas to stick together.

REFRIGERATED STORAGE

Mission Flour Tortillas can be stored refrigerated, in their original sealed bags between 35°F - 40°F. This will not affect product quality.

Corn Tortillas

When handled properly, Mission Corn Tortillas will perform and taste freshly made. Take the time to handle them right and you'll always get excellent results:

Handle with Care

Mission corn tortillas are stored and shipped shelf-stable temperature.

While still in their bag, gently twist the stack of tortillas to loosen and separate the tortillas.

When frying corn tortillas, they perform best when fried with the oil temperature between 350°F -360°F. This will ensure that the tortillas are fried quickly and that the tortillas will absorb less oil.

Storing Corn Tortillas

Dry Storage

Store in a cool dry place. Avoid storing near any source of heat.

Keep product in original box. If bags are removed from the box, avoid stacking more than height of the original box.

Refrigerated Storage

Mission Flour Tortillas can be stored refrigerated, in their original sealed bags between 35°F - 40°F. This will not affect product quality.

Pre-cut Unfried Chips & Strips

Adhering to the following handling tips will result in the optimum finished product. Note that pre-cut unfried chips & strips will look and feel dry, which means lower oil absorption and greater savings.

Handle with Care

Mission Foods stores and ships all pre-cut unfried tortilla chips at shelf-stable temperature.

If the chips are cold, please make sure that you bring the chips up to room temperature before frying.

Use hands to lightly separate any clumps of pre-cut unfried chips.

Maintain frying oil temperatures between 350°F -360°F.

Frying time ranges from 35 – 45 seconds, or until the oil is no longer bubbling; gently move chips or strips with tongs to ensure even frying.

CAUTION: do not overfill the fryer with chips or strips; doing so will reduce the oil temperature which will cause more oil absorption and keep the chips or strips from fully cooking resulting in undercooked or raw product.

Storing Pre-cut Unfried Chips & Strips

Dry Storage

Store in a cool dry place. Avoid storing near any source of heat.

Keep product in original box.

Refrigerated Storage

PCUF Chips and Strips can be stored refrigerated, 35°F - 40°F. This will not affect product quality.

Tortilla Chips and Taco Shells

When handled properly, Mission Tortilla Chips and Taco Shells will perform and taste freshly made. Take the time to handle them right and you'll always get excellent results:

Handle with Care

Mission Foods stores and ships all of our pre-fried tortilla chips and taco shells at shelf-stable temperature.

Shelf-stable temperature tortilla chips and taco shells are ready-to-use right out of the box.

Storing Tortilla Chips & Taco Shells

Store in a cool, dry place. Avoid storing near any source of heat.

Chips and taco shells should always be stored in closed containers or packages; this ensures maximum freshness and shelf life. Both are fragile and nothing should be stacked or stored on top of boxes.

Do not refrigerate or freeze.

If chips or shells are left standing in open air they become tough and chewy. Place them under a heat lamp to crisp or heat taco shells in a 300ºF oven for 3 minutes.

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