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    Can you freeze tamales?

    Now that I've caught up on all the things that needed to get done, I've been cooking more during this last week before I start my job (scary, scary). Last night we made tamales. A LOT of tamales...

    Can we freeze the leftovers? And if so the best way to reheat is what?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcgeiger View Post
    Can you freeze tamales?
    Yes you can.

    Quote Originally Posted by mcgeiger View Post
    And if so the best way to reheat [tamales] is what?
    Wrap one or two in a damp paper towel and microwave them a minute or two or until very warm. This will reheat them using steam which will keep them from drying out.
    Last edited by Gumbeaux; 06-10-2008 at 03:12 PM.

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    I've steamed frozen tamales before. It's been awhile but I think it was for about 20 minutes or so. You'll be able to tell when they're done.

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    Dude, you made tamales and I wasn't invited?

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    I have always thought I could never make tamales... how hard was it? Do you have your recipe handy to post?

    Good luck with the new job!

    Kate

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcgeiger View Post
    I've been cooking more during this last week before I start my job (scary, scary).
    Congratulations! I must have missed that - that is great!!
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    The tamales weren't hard, just time-consuming. I did the pork version, and shredding it and picking through the fat took a while...

    I used the masa recipe from CL (a beef tamale recipe) because I didn't want to use 3/4 lb of lard!!!!!

    Then used a BA recipe for the pork and red chile tamales (which of course is not on their websitesomething I truly dislike about BA recipes), but if you search for pork and red chile they are all very similar, A restaurant owner named Zarelo's is who's the BAs article is based on....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kate B View Post
    I have always thought I could never make tamales... how hard was it? Do you have your recipe handy to post?

    Good luck with the new job!

    Kate
    Kate - When we made them a few months ago I used this site as our guide. I think we pretty much "winged it" as far as the pork filling but we did do it in the crockpot and it turned out perfect. It was a process but they weren't hard to do.
    >^..^<

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcgeiger View Post
    LaraW--I start in Erie on Monday
    Well, I will wave to you when I'm on my way to work, as I drive through Erie.
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    door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”

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    mmmm tamales.

    Yes you can freeze them and yes they are very time consuming.

    They're popular here at Christmas.
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