I've always wanted to know how to make tortillas. I tried lots of times but often ended up with a mess, irritable, and a few hours poorer.
Then one day I found the recipe in the cookbook by the creators of www.Lovetolearn.net and had good success. I modified their recipe recently to allow for the benefits of lactofermentation to make more of the vitamins in the wheat bioavailable. Voila! A smooth supple dough that rolled out easily, no flouring needed. The tortillas were strong and pliable and smooth textured. Hooray!
Soaked Flour Tortillas
5 cups 100% whole wheat flour (I used Montana Gold Hard White Wheat)
2 teaspoons Salt
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 1/4 cups raw soured milk (or place 2 Tablespoons of plain yogurt in a glass measuring cup and fill with enough warm water to yeild 2 1/4 cups.)
Use a heavy duty mixer to beat well into a soft dough. Cover with plastic wrap and leave overnight or about 8 hours.
Divide into 20 balls and roll each into a thin circle (7-8 inches in diameter.) Cook on a hot ungreased griddle or cast iron pan for a few minutes on each side or until bubbles form and turn brown in spots.
Tip: I roll mine out on a silicone baking sheet and a well seasoned wooden rolling pin.
Cover with a towel to keep soft.
It took me about 30 minutes to make 20 tortillas with a griddle that would hold 2 at a time. These store well frozen or in the refrigerator.
How much does it cost?
It was hard for me to find a comparible product commercially but the closest I came was sprouted wheat tortillas which were around $3.69 for 8 or $9.25 for the amount in this recipe. The homemade recipe cost is $1.76 and 30 minutes of time. If you made your own soaked wheat tortillas instead of buying them at the store it's like making $14.98 an hour.
(If you want to know how I found how much the tortillas cost, read the paragraph below.)
On the assumption that there are 3.5 cups of flour in a pound, we need 1.5 lbs for this recipe. I buy my flour at clnf.org for 50 lbs for 25.50 or $.51 a pound. I have $.75 of flour in this recipe. Olive oil at CLNF is 16 oz for 7.25 or $.22 a Tablespoon. I have $.44 in this recipe. Real Salt is 26 oz for $5.25. Assuming .16 oz per teaspoon the cost is $.03 per teaspoon. Yogurt is $2 a quart (64 Tablespoons) at Walmart or $.06 for this recipe. I'll assume water is free. (My raw milk is $3 a gallon or $.37 in this recipe.)
Hourly wage is found by taking what you could have spent ($9.25) minus what you did spend ($1.76) and multiplying by the factor by the time you spent to reach an hour (in this case x 2).
Tomorrow I will share a dinner 911 recipe to use when you have tortillas in the fridge and 10 minutes to prepare dinner.