Frozen Tamales Analysis

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How to Re-heat Frozen Tamales
Have you ever cooked Tamales more than you can eat in one seating? Have you ever been in a dilemma on how you can re-heat tamales?
Making your own tamales is easy although it takes some time. It takes almost an hour to prepare the ingredients: Carnitas (filling); Masa (Tamale Dough); Hoja de ma (Corn Husk wrappers), broth, salt, baking powder, condiments and cooking oil. It takes about 3 hours to cook tamales including the cooking of the filling, preparation time of the Tamale dough and putting the tamales together. Steaming takes about 1 hour. This is the very reason why tamales is often made in huge batches and just re-heated.
Tamales is a common fare on the dinner table especially during the holidays. Tamales can be cooked
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Food is placed in a sealed “pot” with water underneath. Steam coming from the boiling water is what cooks/steams the food.
What You Will Need
• Steamer Pot or Stock Pot and Steamer Basket
Procedure:
1. Half fill pot with water. Bring to a boil.
2. Position tamales in the steamer basket or steamer piece of the steamer pot.
3. When water on the pot boils, lower fire.
4. Place steamer basket or steamer piece with tamales on the pot with boiling water. Make sure the tamales do not touch the water. http://whitneybond.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/IMG_1009.jpg

5. Steam the tamales for about 25 minutes.

Tips:
• Position tamales in steamer with the open side upwards.
• Position tamales at least 1 inch apart from each other so they will be re-heated evenly.
• Do not remove the husks of the tamales. The corn husks keep the filling from splattering. The corn husk also contributes to the flavor of the tamales while

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