If you ever encounter a packet of corn tortillas that only have a dozen, BEWARE. Mexis, unsurprisingly, eat tortillas as fast as we breathe air, so the best tortillerías sell them by at least the two dozen, knowing they'll barely last through the week (do the math: three tortillas per person per meal per average Latino family of six equals…cross the two, double the i…an average of 54 tortillas in a day–and this isn't talking about a family of fatties).
Then you have the mega-pack sold at Jimenez Ranch Market in SanTana. This one holds 90–and given its price of three bucks, I was afraid that quality would be sacrificed for quantity.
But I was pleasantly surprised.
This was a good tortilla–nowhere near the best, but much better than average. Though a bit on the thin side, it took time to cook, ensuring a nice browning that didn't quickly burn. The masa flavor was strong, the tortilla pliable. I wouldn't buy these again, just because I like them thicker, but you are not committing a sin by purchasing them–and with the markets tumbling as they are, maybe it's time we stock up on these stat.
Jimenez Ranch Market, 1303 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 541-6270.