Authentic Mexican Ingredients
What you will need to steam your tamales
Tamale steamer is preferred OR a stock pot with a divider and tightly fit lid
Washed soaked corn husks (optional)
Step 1 - Fill the bottom of your tamale steamer or stock pot with water until it reaches just under the steamer insert. Be sure that the water is not touching the steamer insert.
Step 2 - Place steamer insert tightly into steaming pot or stock pot
Step 3 - Fill your pot with your desired (frozen or uncooked tamales). Be sure to place your tamales in the steamer with the open end facing upwards. Do not pack tamales too tight.
Step 4 - (optional) Place any remaining soaked corn husks on top of the (frozen or uncooked) tamales in a thin layer. This helps to maximize moisture during the cooking process.
Step 5 - Before placing on the lid, cover your pot with foil so that it's tightly wrapped over the edges of the pot. The goal here is to trap the steam in.
Step 6 - Bring the pot to a steady boil and steam for 45 minutes up to an hour. The larger the pot of tamales the longer time it will take to steam them. It's recommended to check on them regularly.
Step 7 - Set a timer for 20 minutes or check back occasionally to be sure there is still plenty of water in the pot. *Important, do NOT run out of water.
Step 8 - Carefully unpack the pot with tongs as the pot will be filled with steam and very hot. Tamales should have no uncooked spots and will come off the corn husk easily when fully cooked.
Step 9 - Eat and enjoy!
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