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Old 12-08-2014, 10:17 PM   #1
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Tamales for family Christmas party

I was planning on making pork tamales in advance for our family Christmas party and then freezing them and reheating them Christmas morning for lunch. Can this be done and how?

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Old 12-08-2014, 10:43 PM   #2
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Yes. Make the tamales and steam them. Let them cool, then wrap and freeze. You can steam to reheat from frozen or thaw and steam when you're ready to eat them. I've done this with store-bought and homemade and both work fine.
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Old 12-09-2014, 05:30 AM   #3
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I worked in a small café Mexican eatery in Texas and the cook every Monday morning did exactly as GG told you. Only she made a pile of them for the week. She put a layer of parchment paper between each row of Tamales. They were placed in a large metal pan and popped into the freezer for the week. 99% of her clientèle were Mexican and had not idea that they had been frozen. They along with me thought they were wonderful.
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Have you made tamale's before? It's a two day job. The first day you make the filling, the next day you fill them. I know this now, not then. Too much work for me now, and I'd just as soon buy them.
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Old 12-09-2014, 01:30 PM   #5
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I agree with Kayelle. A huge amount of work. I have bought them from some local tamale ladies, and they freeze just fine.
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Old 12-09-2014, 01:36 PM   #6
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Good point, Kayelle and Dawg!
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Old 12-09-2014, 02:57 PM   #7
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I was planning on making pork tamales in advance for our family Christmas party and then freezing them and reheating them Christmas morning for lunch. Can this be done and how?
It can all be done in one day/solo..If your left uninterrupted.
The local ladies, myself included usually go to our local Hispanic grocery store and by a few Lbs of pre made dough.Not all of them have the resources to do that.While your there they can point out what size steamer would suit you.It's a cheaper and most times guaranteed in time and taste by the stores.If your not happy they probably have already heard and will give you a free batch.The dough is made twice daily around here.

Trust me tell them what your planning they will point you out to all the the right ingredients and methods on how to make your own.Right down to the best spices to use for any type of meat.

They can be frozen ahead of time.Don't forget the ziploc bags :)
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Old 12-09-2014, 04:39 PM   #8
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It can all be done in one day/solo..If your left uninterrupted.
Only if you're super woman.

I know my way around a kitchen alright but making everything required for tamale's SOLO in one day is flirting with an emotional and physical breakdown! I made 50 of them by myself in one day and long into the night when I was a young woman. Never again! I'll gladly pay to have them made by a family of experts.
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Only if you're super woman.

I know my way around a kitchen alright but making everything required for tamale's SOLO in one day is flirting with an emotional and physical breakdown! I made 50 of them by myself in one day and long into the night when I was a young woman. Never again! I'll gladly pay to have them made by a family of experts.
Ok, I'm a Flirty Super Woman.
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Old 12-09-2014, 06:16 PM   #10
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You can make the pork filling in the slow cooker overnight and then make the tamales the next day. It is a huge amount of work. A margarita or two might help
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