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Old 04-01-2009, 09:08 AM   #1
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Gonna Try Making Tamales for the Very First Time…

I’m gonna try making tamales for the very first time ever. I’ve already resolved myself to this being an all day project. But, any tips, hints, suggestions…?

Want to use a bottom round roast that’s in the freezer.

How long doYOU soak your corn husks.

Any special seasonings in the masa?

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Old 04-01-2009, 09:19 AM   #2
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I have used chili powder (my own) and ground cumin in the masa. But it's really not necessary if you have a spicy filling. The contrast can be nice. Try not to overfill the husks with the masa. I never timed the soak. I just put them in water first, before I get started, then by the time i need them they are ready. I take it you have found a recipe? You can tie the husks with kitchen string, or strips of husk (that's what I do).
Have fun!
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Old 04-01-2009, 09:33 AM   #3
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I’m gonna try making tamales for the very first time ever. I’ve already resolved myself to this being an all day project. But, any tips, hints, suggestions…?

Want to use a bottom round roast that’s in the freezer.

How long doYOU soak your corn husks.

Any special seasonings in the masa?

tia
No tips just way to go. I am in the process of convincing my girls to form an assembly line and we can try making them as well. Let us know how they turn out and good luck hope all goes well.
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No tips just way to go. I am in the process of convincing my girls to form an assembly line and we can try making them as well. Let us know how they turn out and good luck hope all goes well.
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Assembly line?

Good Gawd! Me thinks that's the missing ingredient right there.
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It certainly helps, but if you have everything ready, a nice size table or countertop, you can do it! Or invite someone over to help and share the tamales when done, maybe someone that could really use them... maybe a starving college student. They are great microwave foods (just make sure the internal temp comes up to the right degree) as they already have a wrapper. They are great for breakfast with an egg on top!
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Assembly line?

Good Gawd! Me thinks that's the missing ingredient right there.
Yes, from what I understand it makes it easier and not so time consuming for just one person. Wish I could come help you, but you will do a wonderful job on your own.
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My family doesn't do an assembly line, but we all come in and help :)
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My family doesn't do an assembly line, but we all come in and help :)
That makes it fun and enjoyable. Way to go
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We make tamales for Thanksgiving every year and DH (and whoever else is visiting) always helps. It's fun to do together. Soak your corn husks at least two hours, and then tear narrow strips from the edges to tie the tamales. Wyogal is right about the masa - try to spread it very thin. Here is a good site that has lots of recipes and tips for making tamales. Have fun, and let us know how they turn out!

All About Tamales - - FabulousFoods.com
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Bottom round’s defrosting as I type. When it’s about mid-thawed, I’ll cube.

Tomorrow I intend to brown it off, then slow cook it.

I’m targeting Friday as ‘assembly’ day. I’ve even bought some *shudders* lard for the masa mixture. Rationalizing with myself that I wanna be authentic here.

Told husband he’s GOING TO help, but he’s balking. If he doesn’t, he won’t get any tamales.

Thanks all for the advice and encouragement…
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