The tamale making process has been put off long enough. The meat was cooked and shredded but today was the first day all week that I knew I would be home long enough to get it all done.
The meat mixture, masa mixture, corn husks and steamer basket . . all ready to go. This amount of meat and masa will make between 6 and 7 dozen tamales but I can only put about 5 dozen in my steamer basket.
It’s a slow process but I am so thankful for the smooth counter top. Like so many things in life, I don’t think I would appreciate it nearly so much had I not lived with that awful, uneven tile top for a couple of years. This is the first time I’ve made tamales since getting the new counter top in January. While it isn’t as messy as some things I do in the kitchen, I’m so glad to not have to be digging dried masa mixture out of the tile grout.
The basket is stuffed and ready to be steamed.
They’ll steam, covered, for about an hour. I’d like to take a nap but I have more tamales to make . .