Monday, September 7, 2009

WHICH GLUTEN FREE TORTILLA FOR WRAPS?

Here's the way I was happily going about making myself a long-missed burrito with the large-sized Trader Joe Brown Rice Tortillas and my favorite, Frontera salsa. As you can see in the last frame, there was more than a bit of a cracking problem. It was suggested I try Food for Life as a better source for gluten-free wraps.
I sought and eventually found the Food for Life tortillas, and was surprised to discover an eery similarity between the packaging of the two brands, even down to the nutritional analysis on each. The calories, fiber, protein, in fact, each item listed was the same amount on both, despite the difference in diameter of the two brands of tortilla (see below). And this, though the thickness and texture of each was identical.
The mystery of the nutritional info and of the packaging itself being identical remains, but more importantly, they are identical in another way: NEITHER folds the way a flour tortilla does, I'm sorry to report. 
There may be a light at the end of the tunnel, though. When I was at the Fancy Food Show at the Javits Center in New York City this past June, the people at Maria and Ricardo's tortillas told me they would be coming out with a gluten free wrap sized corn tortilla at some point in the future. They said they were close and the only thing holding them up was final certification for being gluten free. Since I've had no problem with the flexibility of the little corn tortillas I use, this was great news. Keep an eye out for them!

21 comments:

karen said...

We LOVE La Tortilla Factory's Teff Wraps. Closest thing we've found to flour wraps so far.

mrsmckracken said...

I really like the Smart and Delicious Teff Wraps in Light Teff. They are so flexible and taste really good. I don't like the food for life ones. They are too cracky.

G.F.Veg said...

thanks to each of you for your suggestions! there's a bread recipe on this site for bread with teff, so im sure i'll like either of them. only problem is, they don't seem to be sold in the new york area and shipping is more than the wraps (by much!). still searching....

Janet said...

a tip that may help with the Food for Life tortillas...if the tortilla is a little dry spritz each side lightly with water from a spray bottle. then heat it up in a (dry)12" pan on low a minute or 2 each side. if it is fresh skip the spritz and just warm the tortilla. it will lessen the cracking and flaking. happy eating!

Karen said...

I really want to try those!

G.F.Veg said...

thanks, i will try the spritzing. but it may come to making my own at some point!

Lynn said...

I live in Brooklyn and my local supermarkets corn tortillas have wheat in them. Fortunately in a bodega in Coney Island I was able to find all corn tortillas that were very good and stayed fresh in my refrigerator a long time. Sorry but I don't remember the brand name. Will try to purchase them again this weekend. I made enchilladas with them and they were even better the next day!

G.F.Veg said...

hi lynn,
the goya tortillas i have are all corn, but they are small, taco size not burrito size. you found big ones?? please let me know the name. thanks for writing!

Owen said...

It is quite likely the two wraps ARE the same. Trader Joe's commonly private labels foods. Their nonfat organic is made by Wallaby for example. But they do seem to be being VERY good about gluten free labelling and sourcing and doing much better than most at providing options. I just wish they would switch themselves and their suppliers to a GF soy sauce - many more of their premade foods would become GF.

G.F.Veg said...

hi owen,

good point about the soy sauce!

i was at trader joes and was thinking, if they could only find a supplier of gluten free bagels, they would sell out on both coasts, for sure!

yes...the only difference i could see was a slight size one in the wraps. i want to start making more flexible ones, if i can..

thanks for writing!

Emily said...

La Tortilla Factory Smart and Delicious Teff Wraps!

G.F.Veg said...

hi emily,
are these burrito size, like 10" at least? im ok with the small corn ones, but i'd really like some large ones i can eat. i LOVE teff. i think i may have looked for them here in nyc but couldnt find them. are you near me? if so, then maybe i need to look harder!

Maureen "Hold The Gluten" said...

The search continues for "foldable" BIG gluten free tortillas!!! I also have heard La Tortilla Factory's teff tortillas (large sized!) are awesome. I love my little corn tortillas for quesadillas but would love to have a wrap type sandwich or burrito again! Great post :)

G.F.Veg said...

hi maureen,

let's let each other know if we find that elusive gfree wrap --and thanks for writing!

Sweet_Sparkles said...

It's a really old post, but I just stumbled onto your blog this evening. I will second (third? fourth?) the La Tortilla Factory ivory teff wraps. They are DIVINE. We have five gluten-free kids and having even ONE crack in the package then requires me to buy two packs of pricey tortillas. For this reason, I am really particular about which wraps I will buy. The ivory teff is delicious - a great flavor, wonderful texture, and yes - full 10" size! They may be hard to find and ours run about $5 a six pack, but they're well worth it.

G.F.Veg said...

to sweet sparkles:

thanks for writing. i havent come across the la tortilla factory ivory teff in nyc but maybe ive just missed them. ive written to the company to ask and linked to all my readers' raves about them. just about to make a vat (almost) of chili, so i'd love to know ASAP where i can get them.

thanks again!!

Jules said...

I tried Maria & Ricardo's gluten-free tortillas at Natural Products Expo East - they were really good! Nothing's as good as homemade, but these were really good. You can see my video interview on my blog: http://blog.julesglutenfree.com/?p=290
~jules
JulesGlutenFree.com

G.F.Veg said...

hi jules,
i met the M&R folks at the fancy food show in nyc but havent seen the product in nyc. but then, i havent looked for a while (just stuck with trader joe's out of convenience) so maybe i need to go searching again. thanks for reminding me! will check out your interview.

bitt said...

I'm not a big fan of those wraps either. I LOVE Tjoe's corn torillas, they are really thick and hold stuff well. Wish they made them bigger.

G.F.Veg said...

i wonder why the corn isnt made larger, too.
hey, thanks for writing!

Vita @ Juicer Depot said...

I went to Trader Joes today and they said they are not going to have the brown rice tortilla anymore. Bummer! I didn't even have a chance to try them. Next I will search for La Tortilla Factory brand.