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HEATING INSTRUCTIONS

How to cook frozen tamales

If you order frozen tamales, this means that the tamal has not been steamed and so the masa dough (corn flour dough) is still raw. Everything inside the tamal is cooked, so if you order frozen, you need to steam them to cook the masa dough. These tamales can be kept in the freezer up to 6 months.

Use a cooking steamer to cook tamales for the first time: 

  1. Set up your steamer by filling 1/2 with water
  2. Turn heat up to high and wait for water to start boiling
  3. Turn down heat to medium
  4. Next, arrange tamales around the steamer (they can go from frozen or thawed into the steamer)
  5. If tamales are frozen or uncooked, steam for 60 minutes. No need to thaw. Make sure that the water is not physically touching the tamales because if they do, this will make the masa mushy.
  6. Be aware that water in the steamer could run out. Check consistently while they are cooking and add water as needed. 
  7. Turn off the stove and take the lid off the pot. Let tamales rest and firm up for 10-15 minutes.
  8. You will know they are ready when they have the firmness of a soft loaf of bread.

How to reheat cooked tamales

Reheating is your best option for left over cooked tamales. They can be kept in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  1. Set up your steamer by filling 1/2 of steamer with water
  2. Turn heat up to high and let water boil
  3. Turn down heat to medium
  4. Next, arrange tamales around the steamer
  5. Steam for 20-30 minutes until soft

Always follow safe cooking practices and instructions listed on your cookware and equipment.