Wrapping tamales without corn husks? - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 9 Old 01-18-2010, 04:48 PM - Thread Starter
 
caiesmommy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 2,887
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I've never had tamales but am dying to make them. The thing is I can't find corn husks anywhere! I've heard wrapping in parchment paper then in aluminum foil?

Any mamas know how?

mommy daddy son daughter = our family
caiesmommy is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 of 9 Old 01-18-2010, 06:57 PM
 
tanyalynn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: TX, but anticipating one more move
Posts: 11,489
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
I think I've heard of using banana leaves, they may be available at an ethnic market.
tanyalynn is offline  
#3 of 9 Old 01-18-2010, 07:12 PM
 
cristeen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 14,677
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
You'd need a hispanic market to find dried corn husks. Barring that, you may be able to find banana leaves in an ethnic asian market (frozen). But yes, parchment and then foil should also work... the parchment would be touching the food, and the foil would be to hold it in shape. I'd really suggest searching for some videos on making tamales, if you've never done it before. It is fairly easy once you know how, but it can be tricky.

Cristeen ~ Always remembering our stillheart.gif  warrior ~ Our rainbow1284.gif  is 3, how'd that happen?!?! 

We welcomed another rainbow1284.gifstillheart.gif  warrior in May 2012!! 

2012 Decluttering challenge - 575/2012

cristeen is offline  
#4 of 9 Old 01-18-2010, 07:13 PM
 
BetsyS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: world of craziness
Posts: 5,307
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My international market sells parchment paper sheets cut into the right size for tamales--the package says "for tamales", so I'm assuming that it would work just fine.

Good luck!
BetsyS is offline  
#5 of 9 Old 01-18-2010, 07:21 PM
 
KatWrangler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Affton, MO
Posts: 10,794
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
You can also use coffee filters.

Anne, Mama to Conner 2/27/04 blahblah.gif  Gabrielle 2/6/06 W/LMC-TCS, Neurogenic Bladder, AFO & KAFO wearer, Neurogenic Bowel energy.gif & Delaney 5/12/08 mischievous.gif &  Beethoven cat.gif& Gizmo cat.gif

KatWrangler is offline  
#6 of 9 Old 01-18-2010, 07:49 PM
 
JessicaS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 42,897
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Well if you can't get corn husks I don't know if you could find banana leaves.

You should look around your area for a specialty grocery store that might have them. I don't know if they would be as good without. Is there a mexican restaurant that serves them? Maybe they would know where to find them?

Can you find masa where you are?

Not all those who wander are lost 
JessicaS is offline  
#7 of 9 Old 01-18-2010, 09:43 PM - Thread Starter
 
caiesmommy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 2,887
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
We can find masa...Actually I have a bag in the cupboad right now. But the grocery store doesn't sell cornhusks. I would have to drive about 1.5 hours away and try and find an ethnic store that MIGHT sell them. Which really isn't an option. I can't justify spending my whole sun looking for corn husks. The mexican rest. around here dont actually serve them either funny enough. Ive watched a couple of youtube videos on how to roll them. I figure it'll be like rolling maki, the more i do it the better ill get

mommy daddy son daughter = our family
caiesmommy is offline  
#8 of 9 Old 01-18-2010, 09:48 PM
 
JessicaS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 42,897
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by caiesmommy View Post
We can find masa...Actually I have a bag in the cupboad right now. But the grocery store doesn't sell cornhusks. I would have to drive about 1.5 hours away and try and find an ethnic store that MIGHT sell them. Which really isn't an option. I can't justify spending my whole sun looking for corn husks. The mexican rest. around here dont actually serve them either funny enough. Ive watched a couple of youtube videos on how to roll them. I figure it'll be like rolling maki, the more i do it the better ill get
Well yeah it is like rolling maki, I have never tried making them without banana leaves or corn husks but they are readily available here. I am er.. a lot further south though.

I did recently make this recipe for a giant tamale in a banana leaf, it was yum. It was in a cookbook by Rick Bayless

Not all those who wander are lost 
JessicaS is offline  
#9 of 9 Old 01-18-2010, 10:07 PM - Thread Starter
 
caiesmommy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 2,887
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I think I'll try rolling them the corn husk way but with parchment paper and if it doesn't work out I'll see if my friend in Nashville can hunt some down at whole foods and send them my way...I could order some on line, but by the time I pay shipping/the currancy change ect. they could end up being some expensive husks

mommy daddy son daughter = our family
caiesmommy is offline  
Reply

User Tag List



Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off