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Monday Mission: Make Tortillas

October 7th, 2013 · 77 Comments · Monday Missions

Homemade Whole Wheat Tortilla Recipe (2) (475x317)

Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to make tortillas this week.

Impact Ratings: healthpositive

Level of Commitment: Making Strides

I’ve been making my own for three or four years now, and although I’ve shared the whole wheat recipe on the blog (and here’s the newly updated whole wheat tortilla recipe), I’ve never actually had a tortilla Monday Mission.

Tortillas have a little controversy in the blog world – from a purely frugal standpoint, it’s pretty well-known that Crystal at Money Saving Mom, for example, states that making one’s own tortillas just isn’t worth the investment of time for the pennies saved.

While that is true when comparing standard grocery-store tortillas with homemade white flour (or even wheat flour) tortillas, it’s time to compare apples to apples.

The more I look at ingredients on tortillas, the more I’m disheartened. Until you start getting into prices like a dollar per tortilla (yikes!), it’s almost impossible to find a brand with whole grains, healthy fats (especially no trans fat, which is really, really common in tortillas), and no weird preservatives. I’ve even seen parabens, which I avoid putting on my skin in personal products, listed on some otherwise “clean” corn tortillas!

So if you want healthy tortillas, it’s incredibly frugal to make your own instead of purchasing fancy ones, if you can even find a clean ingredients list in your local stores at all.

If your family likes Mexican food and you don’t want to rely on organic tortilla chips all the time (too much corn probably isn’t a good thing for any of us, anyway, non-GMO or not), it’s time to make your own tortillas. This week I’ll make sure you have resources for whole wheat, traditional corn, and grain-free tortillas.

I’m also excited to share with you some videos I’ve taken of making tortillas with 3 different ways of rolling and cooking, both to compare and find the fastest method and to show you how easy and quick it really is.

Do you make your own tortillas already? If not, what has stopped you in the past?

A Quick Announcement

Some news: I am not in a bundle sale this week. Winking smile

Today was supposed to be partially dedicated to sharing and promoting a health eBook bundle, but last week I pulled my book out. I’ve debated on whether I should mention it or not at all, but I decided that Christians have so few overt opportunities to truly sacrifice, to be persecuted for the faith in America these days, that I wanted to let you know it’s possible.

I was downloading the review copies of the books a week ago, and when I got to the Bs (and thank God this book didn’t start with “The” or I might not have caught it in time!), I came across one designed to help people choose the right birth control.

As a Catholic, I’m fundamentally and morally opposed to anything that comes between a married couple giving themselves to each other freely, totally, faithfully, and fruitfully, both spiritually and physically. I’m also opposed to the crutches our society uses to make it so much easier to have sex out of marriage, whether that be pre-marital or adulterous.

It had previously been an arduous and difficult decision whether I should participate in this bundle in the first place from a business perspective: Would it be “too much selling” or annoying for my readers? Did the bundle provide real value? Was I going to have enough time to fill out the forms and do the promotions?

When it came to the moral decision, it was black and white. I knew within a minute that I could not promote a bundle with a book promoting birth control, could not stand on the same platform as the book and certainly couldn’t make any profit from the situation.

I immediately wrote an email pulling my book from the bunch, effectively losing what was most likely a few thousand dollars plus the time I’d already invested.

I rejoiced for the opportunity to sacrifice something meaningful, to live the Beatitude, “Blessed are they who are persecuted in my name.”

For the same reason, I’ve been sharing about an NFP information night that I’m organizing at my parish on Facebook, whether that hurts my business or not. This topic is too important, too vital to resurrecting family life and respect for life in America, to cower under the “what if people are upset?” excuse.

Our culture of moral apathy, where the stigma on living together and contracepting has been completely obliterated, is more toxic than ever for children, both those who wish to be faithfully chaste and, quite simply, in the age of over 50% divorce, all children who want to feel secure, period.

I’m concerned some may respond that I’m putting myself on a pedestal here, that to share about the sacrifice I made is to nullify and diminish it, perhaps that I’m looking for approval or praise, and that the Bible says not to let my left hand know what my right is doing.

I’ve prayed that it’s not my pride nudging me to share this story. It is my hope that you will be encouraged and built up, as it is not by my own strength that I was able to so easily say no to a lucrative opportunity and trade it for sacrifice. It is no coincidence that I had been praying for this NFP information night and was about to start a novena for it the very next day. I am certain it was a direct attack, and I welcome it and all its implications with open arms.

I pray that you, too, may look for and find opportunities to stand up for the truth this Respect Life month.

I pray that you have the strength to do what’s right, to make the little sacrifices that we are offered rather often, whether it’s to state your beliefs gently to an unbelieving friend or acquaintance, to choose to offer up sweets for a day for a special intention, or to make a point to talk to your kids about love, marriage, and the singularity of the Christian relationship – that it should be permanent, holy, and freely given. (And this isn’t dooming your children to a life of boredom; far from it, in fact, since devout Catholics statistically have better sex than any other demographic.)

Can you find some time to volunteer to make a difference in an area of moral apathy? Can you share something on Facebook that will get people to think about the faith? Can you pray a Rosary for an end to abortion, contraception, and divorce, for an increase of holy marriages and families? Would you offer your next opportunity for sacrifice, no matter how small, for our NFP information night, that many hearts may be softened and wills turned to the truth of God’s Word on this subject? If you live in the greater Grand Rapids area, contact me for a bulletin announcement and flyers to share with your church (or maybe a young engaged couple you know), and come on down to St. Sebastian on October 24th from 7-9:00 to hear the presentation from teachers of three different Natural Family Planning methods yourself.

I am ever grateful for your support and prayers, and I’m humbled to have the opportunity to speak to such a large platform on a daily basis. May I never take that for granted.

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77 Comments so far ↓

  • Sarah K

    Wow, Katie! Thank you, thank you for your incredible witness to life. You are right: we rarely get the opportunity to be “persecuted” on a daily basis. Your pulling out of this book bundle has inspired me.

    Keep fighting the good fight.

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  • Heidi

    You go girl! Hang on to your convictions, this world is slipping fast.

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  • Laura

    I am glad that there are still people who put a higher value on staying true to their beliefs and morals than on the almighty dollar. Thank you for sharing what you did-it inspires me to take a deeper look at my own actions. How many times have I just “let it go” or turned away rather than deal with making a decision? Easy answer-too many! Thank you again

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  • Judy

    As a fellow Catholic, I applaud you! Sure, haters will be haters, but you are spreading God’s word. Good for you!

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  • Alyssa

    I’m new here, but was happy to read this. Good job staying true to the Faith.

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  • Emily

    Proud of you, and I don’t even know you! I’m a Baptist, but this is one of the big issues that I think the Catholic church has right and Protestants tend to skirt around.
    It’s not easy to make choices like this, great job honouring God with your platform :)

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  • Kate the Sustainable Princess

    I make tortillas using my sourdough starter, although sometimes when I get a little overwhelmed with life my local Whole Foods sells organic whole wheat ones for something like $1.49 for a 6-pack.

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  • cwtampa

    May you please include a link to the recipe you use? Thanks!

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  • Amanda

    I am not Catholic, but also a Christian, and I was encouraged and challenged by your actions and post. At least Catholicism has a speaking point about birth control, and people can start there, go to God, and decide what methods, if any, are right for them. I have attended several churches in my 30 years and have never been taught anything about birth control or family planning from a Christian stance. I guess it is considered to each his own as long as no sex outside of marriage (and even that was more “understood”, than ever talked about in my younger day). Very confusing once married and children come into the picture! I had already decided to avoid hormonal bc because I see it as to much messing with the body and want to learn NFP. Anyway, thank you and I pray it will lead others to research on any level.

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  • LydiaF

    I’ve made corn tortillas from maseca. They turned out great, and while they were easy to make, they were surprisingly time consuming. The cool thing is, it’s really simple to make just the number you need for a meal. I think if I was going to make them in bulk I’d invest in a tortilla press.

    I admire your decision to stand by your values, although one of the reasons I signed up as an affiliate for that bundle was I saw you were going to participate. ;)

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  • Tammy

    I’m so proud of you for standing on your convictions that God gave you. Do what is right in the eyes of God and you will have no regrets.

    Prayers and blessings for you.

    btw… I am not Catholic. I do wish someone here would host something like this. Unfortunately, the Protestant churches have accepted birth control too readily. It is not something discussed in church or Sunday school. I wish it were. It would be so helpful.

    God bless you!

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Tammy,
    You know, it’s not often talked about in Catholic churches either, which is a tragedy and probably one reason why 90% of Catholics use birth control in spite of clear teaching (that isn’t taught very well). I’ll be recording the talk as it turns out, so you may get to see it after all! :) Katie

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  • Suzanne

    Not catholic but really respect your stance. Good job Katie!

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  • Kate

    Definition of persecuted from dictionary.com:

    1.
    to pursue with harassing or oppressive treatment, especially because of religion, race, or beliefs; harass persistently.

    Katie, you are making a personal sacrifice for your beliefs, and that it admirable, but you are not being persecuted as your posting alleges. No one has subjected you to harassing or unfair treatment, this is a decision you made. Someone disagreeing with you, or in this case, passively asserting something you disagree with, is not persecution. Your claim takes away from your credibility and detracts from a message that is otherwise inspiring. I hope in the future you will choose your words more carefully.

    Also, the rates of divorce in the Catholic Church are around 20-25%, much lower than the American population as a whole, but hardly supportive of your assertion that following catholic dogma is the cure to divorce. Your posts are usually better researched and informed than this.

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    Rachel R Reply:

    I think the point Katie may be trying to make on persecution is that she is expecting some harsh response to her post regarding contraception and unwillingness to compromise her beliefs for an ebook.

    Also important to note that of Catholics who practice NFP, the divorce rate is 2-5%, which is the specific subset of the entire Catholic population (from Catholic in name only to daily mass attenders, young, elderly, etc) that Katie refers to.

    Thank you for your honesty, Katie, I’ve been a faithful KS reader, but this is my first time commenting. Just wanted to tell you thank you for standing for life and marriage and all that it entails.

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Thanks for jumping in with those stats, Rachel, you are spot on correct! :) Katie

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    Tammy Reply:

    You read quite a lot into what she wrote, Kate. She never stated that following the “catholic dogma” was a cure for divorce. She stated that it is a huge issue in our immoral culture. Here is a compelling article that explains some of the reasons for the lower divorce rate among Catholics with regard to birth control and just some of the ways birth control can adversely affect marriages: http://www.catholic.net/index.php?option=dedestaca&id=5703. There is the counter-argument that some men use the expectation that women will submit to them in the bedroom and a desire to have them “barefoot and pregnant” as a means of controlling their wives. There are certainly cases of that there are cases of men threatening to leave women who get pregnant, beat them while pregnant, etc. It can go both ways without mutual respect and a trust in God above and in one another. By and large, in this grand experiment since the 1960′s with the pill and other methods of birth control, men’s respect for women has declined, divorce has risen, and co-habitation and “hooking up” have increased significantly. With abortion being legalized since 1972, it has gotten worse for babies and mothers. There are many who think abortion is a fix to avoid the consequences of their actions, when there are emotional and physiological affects that are lifelong from such.

    As for feeling persecuted, Katie did not indicate how this may affect her ability to participate in future bundles with this group again. She is obviously concerned about negative feelings from her audience as so many today, including Protestant Christians, are in favor of birth control. She was taking a risk in alienating some of her readership in this. She is not only sacrificing, but putting herself in a position, that depending on the views of her readership, could cause her to lose readers, be chastised for her beliefs, and so forth. As I read her article, she is prepared, as much as she can be, to deal with such if it comes to that for God’s glory.

    Just for the record, I am a sinner. I am better than no one. I have lived through this life and experienced things I wish I hadn’t; however, through the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ, I have repented and received forgiveness. I use my experiences to help others find their way to Christ who are going through those very trials I found myself mired in.

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    caroline Reply:

    I think that Katie has been very open about her faith and I believe even talks about it on her ‘about me’ page. I completely understand why someone could be offended by this topic, however I think that her regular readers would know her views on a subject like this by now. I don’t agree with all of her views/opinions but that does not stop me from reading this blog, I simply skip over the posts that don’t interest me.

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    Alexandra Reply:

    Well said Caroline. I’d like to get back to the conversations on tortillas….

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Beautiful, Tammy, thank you! :) Katie

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Kate,
    You make a good point, that in the cultural definition of “persecution” this situation hardly fits. When Christ spoke of persecution, I don’t know that He meant only overt, person-to-person persecution though. The conflict of opinion, conflict of interest, having to make the tough call was all a difficult situation because of something immoral in the world, so although that isn’t being harassed per se, the ends can feel similar. Perhaps I should have said “the opportunity to make a real sacrifice” is rare in the U.S. ???

    I actually thought that the Catholic divorce rate was right up with the 50% divorce rate for everyone – maybe 25% is church-going Catholics only? Unfortunately even in the Catholic Church, there aren’t a lot of people following the rules – which is why I’m so excited to host this event! You’ve inspired me to be more careful with my language, which is a godsend for the introduction and definition of NFP that I’ll be doing. Thank you!
    :) Katie

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  • caroline

    Personally, I would consider NFP a form of birth control although I do understand the difference between it and ‘normal’ birth control. I recently saw a new doctor (psychiatrist) and the intake form asked what kind of birth control I used. I put N/A because I am not married, and like you feel that sex is an in marriage thing only. I think I stumped the doctor, but when I explained the situation she was ok with it, the reason it is on the form is that most psychiatric medications are not good for the developing or breast feeding babies so she wants to be sure that a patient is not likely to become pregnant while on the medication.

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    Cristina Reply:

    Just a clarification, NFP encompasses a number of methods of fertility awareness. Because NFP can be used to both achieve and avoid pregnancy, medically it is not considered to be a contraceptive.

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  • Jana

    I applaud your decision to pull your book from the bundle. I realize your decision had more to do with a moral issue than with concern for annoyance to readers (though you did touch on this too), but as someone who reads all of the major real food blogs (and many minor ones too) on a daily basis, I can tell you that getting inundated with these endless offers for bundles of ebooks, no matter how amazing they are, becomes extremely tiresome after the first round or two. It could be my imagination but it seems like these offers are becoming more frequent too (and on a side note, I also dislike how some bloggers use these offers to skip writing a post for that day).

    Anyway, all this to say a heartfelt thank you for standing up for important moral issues and also for considering readers’ feelings (per the bundle offers). :-)

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Jana,
    LOL on the skipping a blog post for the day – don’t have to worry about that with me; my editorial calendar is PACKED all fall! ;) I don’t shut up often… :) Katie

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  • Jeannie

    I applaud you on your decision and the moral ground it was made on. I also have to say that I am getting really tired of these bundles. It seems that every time I open my favorite bloggers there is another bundle to purchase. I realize this is a business but how many ebooks do I really need on how to make homemade soap? I buy blogger’s books to support them but these bundles are getting out of hand.

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Jeannie,
    I appreciate the sentiment to be sure – it is good to hear that “enough is enough!” and I guess that’s one more reason I’m glad I’m out of this one. Thanks! :) Katie

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  • Christina P

    I’ve made my own tortillas! I gotta say they are just amazing fresh. Knowing how to make this kind of staple “from scratch” is always convenient at some point (despite the extra effort). I mean, if my meal plan or fridge shows Mexican for dinner but I’m out of tortillas at 4:20, which is easier: homemade or a store run (with three littles)? Bypassing additives is another plus; my go-to recipe is with white flour because it’s that much tastier, but I’d love to be converted to whole wheat with the right recipe!

    As far as your ebook choice, I applaud you! I would have a really hard time if I were in the same situation, so I’m inspired by your sacrifice, Katie.

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    Deborah Jennings Reply:

    Christina, I haven’t made my own tortillas, yet, but I do make our bread or try to most of the time. Yes, it is easier to buy it from the store, but the taste of homemade bread with fresh ingredients is so much better. And NO preservatives. This is what I am trying to get away from, the preservatives!

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  • Susan

    Looking forward to the tortillas recipes, since I’m trying to avoid all the GMO junk that come in the regular kind, and my husband loves eating them. :)

    I don’t regularly read your blog (you hooked me today with “tortillas”), but I am Catholic and I think your decision to pull your book was smart, and the decision to blog about it was brave.

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  • Deborah Jennings

    I am not going to address the controversial issue here . . . . As for the homemade tortillas, I have a mix for both flour and corn and am going to make some soon. I love the baked corn tortilla chips, for dipping, and the flour ones for bread. I love Mexican food any time of year. Well, we eat Tex-Mex food. A tad spicier than true Mexican food.

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  • Helen

    Hi,

    I’m not normally one to leave comments but I thank you for the tortilla recipe. I’ve been noticing the ingredients on store bought brands and am horrified. I also applaud you for standing firm with your faith. I respect that very much.

    I don’t like all the book and other items that are constantly being pushed on whole food websites but I understand everybody is trying to make money, so I get it. As for the moral issue, and as a Catholic, I appreciate your sentiment but quite frankly, I have been tired for some time of the hypocrisy of so many Christians who stand by what “God said” but judge others at the same time, turn their noses up at others who are not like minded, and instead of trying to help women who have sinned and gotten pregnant, they help pass legislature to hurt them, reduce assistance for them, and try to make them disappear. That’s not what Jesus said in the Bible. I have six children, had my husband walk out on me to pursue a porn filled life, but he attends church every Sunday, and I was the single mother looked at like a low-life for having so many children. I gave up on all churches for that same reason. Sadly, our biases are many, but true Christianity is in short supply. Good luck to you.

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Helen,
    I appreciate your notes, and oh, I grieve for your pain and abandonment in the face of your husband’s sin. How horrible, and I’m so sorry. I wish you lived in this area and could go to Cradles of Grace meetings, a fabulous Christian organization to serve women in crisis pregnancies or parenting on their own. There are hypocrites everywhere, yes, but there are also many saints on earth who have figured out how to love the sinner yet hate the sin, how to look past appearances and see the beautiful human beings underneath every sad story.
    {hugs} Katie

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  • Wendy

    Just wanted to say that while I do not share your religion and disagree with you on certain things, I still love you and am thankful for you and your wonderful blog! This is your blog, about your life, and I have learned so much here that I can apply to my own life, and the rest I can respectfully ignore :)

    Um… I was going to go on, but there’s really no need :) Thanks for all you do!

    Oh, I’ve never thought too seriously about making my own tortillas… but I’m going to check the ingredients list on the ones in my fridge, and I’m looking forward to the info this week!

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  • Deborah Jennings

    Now for my comment on this controversial issue. All Christians are being persecuted for their beliefs. As for not doing the bundle because of the one book, it you don’t believe in this, then I admire you for standing up for your beliefs. All of us, as Christians, need to stick together, and respect each individual denomination. The main thing to me is that we believe in the same God. The one true God!

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  • Debbie

    I, too, am a catholic and know what it is like to be persecuted for my faith. I started following you because of your faith and will continue to do so. I have read other blogs who don’t believe and have stated things against church teaching. I no longer follow them. It is only going to get worse in the future, but we need to stand up for our moral values here on this earth. May God bless you and your family.

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  • Sarah

    Go you for sticking to your convictions – it’s too easy to be compromised and regret it later.

    I was put on the birth control pill in an effort to help manage endometriosis. I was on it for just under two months before I stopped taking it out of fear for the rest of my health. While on the pill, I stopped being able to register speed and distance – I couldn’t tell how fast the car was moving when I was in it, I became motion sick very easily (which usually only happens on really long car trips) and I rapidly developed an eye twitch that went every half an hour.
    And it didn’t even help with the endometriosis! So I stopped taking it, and spoke to my doctor about the side effects I’d experienced – I’ve never seen a medical professional look that horrified. The vision problems I experienced were in line with potentially building up to a stroke at age twenty one.
    I might have different reasons for avoiding birth control (other reasons include being unmarried with no prospects as my best friend puts it), but I can certainly appreciate your stance as a Catholic. Society seems to focus on the ‘avoid pregnancy’ aspect a lot more than they do look at other health implications, which alarms me. I have friends who in the last six months have discovered their new since marriage struggles with depression may be linked with their birth control pill. I’ve been told I just need to find a pill that works for me. I have no desire to go there again after my experience and my research into synthetic hormones (which is how I found your blog!). It’s not even remotely worth it in terms of my physical health, without mentioning spiritual reasons.

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Alarming is right, yowza! Yes, there are plenty of non-moral reasons (class 1 carcinogen, anyone) for avoiding birth control too.

    Thanks for sharing your scary story –
    : ) Katie

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  • mayra

    i cant seem to get the right texture on my maza, they say it takes practice.

    God is amazing, my mom just got remarried and I did not attend. It has been hard, having people in the family attacking me for my beliefs. But with the rosary and Divine chaplet of Mercy, I know I will be ok and I feel stronger for this challenge God has put before me!

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  • Cathie

    I too, have made my own tortillas. I somehow let them get a little crispier than my family likes, but I am definitely going to do it again, just because of all the junk in the store-bought ones. And why oh why is there corn and/or soy in EVERYTHING???? Good grief.

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  • Jennifer G. Miller

    Thank you for standing your ground on your Catholic beliefs! As a fellow Catholic, I would have made the same decision, and probably have been troubled with how to follow you with that entanglement.

    Half our house is wheat free here for allergy reasons, so I tried making corn tortillas for a while. I just didn’t get the cooking part very well, so I would love to see your ideas for making them tasty and healthy.

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  • Cynthia Heimsoth

    I’m much better at defending Life than I am at making tortillas … I tried once & ended up with sticky lumpy bits of cornmeal (well, technically, masa) that were just a little thinner than johnnycakes.

    You go girl! Lots of us are fighting for Life with you!

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  • Kate

    Way to go! NFP is the best — thanks for spreading the news!

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  • Alaina

    Tortilla question for anyone who has answers: my husband and I have tried again and again to make homemade tortillas. They always either break apart while eating with them or break apart when we try to use them a day or so later. I do not have the time to make fresh homemade tortillas every time we would like to eat that type of food, and I don’t like that the leftovers aren’t still good because we do leftovers for lunch. So…does anyone have experience with these recipes or have ideas about how to keep them more pliable? Also – does anyone know if they freeze and thaw well or if that is a terrible idea?

    Thank you!

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    Beth Reply:

    I am not sure if you are asking about corn or flour tortillaw, but it may depend on what type of fat you are using and also how you store them. If you put them in a tortilla warmer or other closed container just after cooking them, the steam they release will soften them. You want to store them sealed too, so they don’t dry out. I find that things made with butter often get harder as they age (especially cookies!), but tallow or lard will stay softer.

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Alaina,
    I can answer from my own experience – if you’re making them with whole wheat, you need to use WHITE whole wheat flour only. If you follow my recipe, they’re lovely – soft when warm, freeze great, will soften again at low heat in the oven (although I constantly leave them in the toaster oven too long and turn them crispy). Let me know if you try it, k?! :) Katie

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  • åslaug

    Katie, I guess our beliefs don’t completely match up in this respect (though we agree on much more than we disagree on), however:

    Yay for you withdrawing your book! A very brave thing to do. Going against conscience is neither right nor safe.

    Every time I read your status about the NFP night I wish it was local and I could go.

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Just got permission from the speakers tonight to video it, so I’ll get it on You Tube by the end of October! :) Katie

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  • Lisa

    Just wondering if you’ve checked out the tortillas in Costco’s freezer section? I believe those are preservative free. Perhaps a concession for those of us who don’t have the time to make them from scratch?

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Lisa,
    I have not – hmmm – I wonder what fat they use? That’s usually a killer for tortillas, but I’ll have to look them up next time! :) Katie

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  • Betheny

    I cant find the link to the recipe? Where am I missing it at?

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Which one? Tortillas? I’m going to repost it with improvements, but the old version is here: http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/2009/10/21/recipe-connection-100-whole-grain-homemade-tortillas/
    :) Katie

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  • sharon

    Here’s an excellent critique of hormonal contraception from a non-religious perspective: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-10932/14-things-i-wish-all-women-knew-about-the-pill.html

    The line in there about entering “the dating pool with pill googles on” is priceless.

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    sharon Reply:

    Oh yeah, thanks for taking a stand, Katie, and thanks for sharing your passion for this issue.

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  • sharon

    As far as tortillas go, I’ve made them a few times, but put them in the same category as pasta as things that I can make if I have to but would rather not mess with. I don’t buy them either. Crepes are my go-to for a thin flexible flatbread, although they make an odd combination with Mexican flavors!

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Sharon,
    I agree that crepes are so much easier! We’ve done tacos with crepes too…. :) Katie

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  • pdw

    I tried a new tortilla recipe last night using toasted quinoa flour. Turned out nice. I regularly make tortillas with buckwheat and tapioca flour, and another with amaranth flour. My family gobbles them up! I have to make several dozen at once or there won’t be any left for me in the freezer when I want them (they’re about the only kind of bread that I eat.)

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  • Debbie

    I don’t feel the same as you do about birth control but I always appreciate the way you share your views. And I love the way you revisit your posts and add further information to clarify things or tell us something else that you have learned from feedback to your posts or from your own experiences. Thanks Katie!

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  • Beth

    I get tired of all of the bundles . . . it is hard to gauge the value anyway, but sometimes I see something worth looking into even if I don’t buy the bundle :)

    I don’t think anyone can claim with a straight face that NFP is not birth control. When correctly practiced it is the most effective kind. I understand the Catholic teaching on the unitive and procreative aspects of marriage, but I always wonder how NFP fits with Paul’s teaching on not being separate from your spouse except for a time for prayer and fasting. Do you always have to pray and fast during ovulation ;) I am joking (mostly) and I do think the teachings are compatible, but I think NFP is often practiced with the exact heart attitude that it seeks to avoid. (Although most of the people I know who use it are not Catholic so maybe they are not a representative sample?) I think my problem with birth control has less to do with the marital part of it and more to do with the ‘control’ part. I am not sure if it is my place to tell God when and how he may bless my family . . . but he has given us the means to understand and control fertility, so, hmm . . . I struggle with this.

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Beth,
    I guarantee you are not alone in these very valid questions!

    First, you are dead on right about the heart with which NFP is practiced, and it can be a very fine line and definitely very personal.

    I do think a time of abstinence for a couple is a form of “fasting” even though it’s not food, so St. Paul’s words are just about perfect in my view. ???

    Here’s a great analogy that to me demarcates birth control and NFP perfectly:

    If someone wants to lose weight, they could diet and forgo certain foods or quantities of food, or they could binge and purge.

    Clearly, the second option (bulimia) is wrong not only because it’s harmful to the body but also because of moral issues: it allows the person to be a glutton and have fun with food while cutting out a natural part of eating, going against the natural process that your’e designed to do, avoiding the weight consequences, and it is also a waste of resources, of good food.

    Contraception is a similar waste of resources and allows people to be sexual gluttons while cutting out a natural part of love-making, avoiding the procreative aspect.

    That’s just one little window…but I hope it shines some light on the subject for you in a new way. :) Katie

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  • Karen

    I. With Money Saving Mom on the tortillas! Mostly because I’ve tied and failed too many times attempting to make the. :(

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Karen,
    If you’ve never tried it with white whole wheat flour, you should give it one more chance… :) Katie

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  • Amy E.

    Good on you – both for standing up for what’s right, and for delicious homemade tortillas!

    Happy Respect Live month!

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  • Lindsey

    Great job standing up for what you believe in! I’m LDS and we also value family and bearing children, which seems rare these days. Here is a talk given this last weekend at our church’s worldwide conference on the importance of families and mothers in the home: http://www.lds.org/general-conference/watch/2013/10?lang=eng&vid=2724604428001&cid=3

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  • Brenda L

    Good for you for pulling your book and for being so open to sharing on this controversial topic. I pray that your NFP night goes well!

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  • Cristina

    Katie, thank you for sharing about your decision to pull your ebook. My prayers are with you. Oh, and challenge accepted.

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  • Suse

    May you continue to hold fast and share your faith with us through your blog – thank you for sharing and standing up for the Faith! You’ve kept this reader…

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  • Elizabeth

    I understand your stance on pulling out of the bundle, but I wish you would focus your blog posts. This was to be a post on making tortillas…but a large portion of the post and most of the comments are regarding your personal beliefs. I get that it’s your blog, you certainly have a right to whatever you want to say, but I was hoping to read up on homemade tortillas…not so much everything else. A post on tortillas and another post on why you pulled it of the bundle would have been more appropriate (in my opinion).

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    Alexandra Reply:

    Well said Elizabeth. I’m considering canceling my newsfeed of this blog. To say this post was about Tortillas hijacked me into reading about Katie’s personal beliefs. I am not amused.
    Yes, it is her blog and she can write what she wants. But I don’t appreciate being hijacked. I have recommended this blog many times for good writing and valuable content. I don’t feel I can do that safely anymore. I am disappointed.

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Alexandra,
    I am sorry you felt duped – that wasn’t my intent, only to include a quick note (which got not-so-quick once I got going) at the end of the Monday Mission, something I often do. The rest of the week is jam-packed with information in 3 posts on tortillas, a new soup recipe, and a giveaway, so I hope the scales are shifted back to center, where I like to hang out most of the time. My faith is impossible to separate from anything else I do, and definitely part of the blog.
    :) Katie

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Elizabeth,
    I certainly appreciate your perspective – from an organizational standpoint, people usually dislike multiple posts/emails, so it’s always a judgment call. Luckily, the rest of the week features 3 more separate posts on tortillas, with no moral standing whatsoever. Enjoy! :) Katie

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  • Sue

    Great article all around!

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  • Heather Anderson

    I applaud your willingness to stand on conviction. I am not Catholic but am a protestant Christian mother of eight. This is an important issue that brings heated debate from whatever direction it is discussed. It takes courage to take a financial hit over what some may see as a “side” issue. Blessings to you!

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  • Laurel

    God bless you, dear Katie!

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  • Susan

    To all who are upset that the posting veered off from tortillas, try practicing a little patience and tolerance. No one has been hijacked here– it’s impossible for an inanimate blog to force you to read anything. Alternatively, you can start your own blog not called kitchen*stewardship* (giving glory and honor to God), and write there about tortillas and the weather, if you like. I’ll probably read it too for the recipes and skip the parts about the weather, thanks. I have an app for that.
    Congrats again, Katie, on sticking to your guns and speaking your mind.

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I embrace butter. I make homemade yogurt. I eat traditional real food – plants and animals that God created, not products of plants where food scientists work. Here at Kitchen Stewardship, I share how I strive to be a good steward of my family's nutrition, the environment, and our budget, all without spending every second in the kitchen. Learn more about the mission of KS here.

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