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Old 08-31-2011, 11:09 AM   #1
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Question First time making Tamales

I think I have everthing needed to make tamales. Does anyone have a TNT recipe or any tips. I plan on using pork. Also, I had to go to a Latin market to find the corn husks and they only had a humongous bag of them. What else can I do with them??

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Old 08-31-2011, 11:18 AM   #2
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I bagged and froze them for the next time. I had soaked the whole bag.
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Old 08-31-2011, 11:29 AM   #3
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I don't suppose they will go bad if I seal them well in a FoodSaver bag dry. Do you think?
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Old 08-31-2011, 11:32 AM   #4
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When I saw this "First time making Tamales", my memory transported me back to my all time worse cooking nightmare, so I have some basic advice.

Do not attempt to prepare the filling and make the Tamales on the same day.
Get someone to help you share the "fun".

Good luck. I now leave Tamale making to the expert Mexican families around here, and gladly pay them for their labor intensive expertise, and delicious Tamales.
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Old 08-31-2011, 11:33 AM   #5
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I don't suppose they will go bad if I seal them well in a FoodSaver bag dry. Do you think?
I don't think they will. They do take up a lot of room though. I'm wondering if vacuuming them will break them. I only made them on my own once, too much work. Now 4 of us get together a couple of times a year and have a tamale party, we each take some home and it goes much faster.
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Old 08-31-2011, 01:58 PM   #6
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The back of your masa harina container (usually a paper carton) will usually have a recipe for the dough. After that, it's a matter of adding the correct amount of filling for the size corn husk you're using.

And remember, tamales are mainly about making correct dough, and steaming them until properly done. There are many that state that the tamale is mainly about the quality of the outside corn-dough The filling has to be strong enough in flavor not to be overwhelmed by the intense corn crust. The sauce needs to compliment the other parts.

I make them. But mine don't come out as pretty as those of one of our friends, who made them from the ingredients at my table, standing right beside me.

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Cool blog!
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Old 09-01-2011, 11:14 AM   #8
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Old 09-02-2011, 04:22 PM   #9
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i made them with a latino friend. very intense labor wise . and definitely a two day process. we got the coating to thick on most of them. i won't do again, to much work. plus i live in so.ca. so have lots of really good ones readily available.
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Old 09-02-2011, 07:20 PM   #10
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Tamales, IMHO, are usually dry. Not this one



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