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Dried Corn Husks for Tamales

wagamama Sep 18, 2007 07:42 PM

Does anyone know where I might be able to purchase dried corn husks to prepare tiny tamale appetizers. I'm trying to get it together for a Mexican-themed party chez moi. Please don't tell me to go to the grocery store and ask the produce manager for their picked-over corn from last week. Any other alternatives are welcome.

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  1. Kagemusha RE: wagamama Sep 18, 2007 08:27 PM

    Available at NoFrills around Mississauga(Mavis+Eglinton). Guessing from this they're in the NG pipe, so perhaps other NoFrills/Loblaws outlets might stock 'em..

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      MSW331 RE: wagamama Sep 18, 2007 08:59 PM

      Was at Pasquale Bros in Etobicoke this past weekend....they had 'em.


      1. Recyclor RE: wagamama Sep 19, 2007 07:17 AM

        Sounds like something Perola's in Kensington Market would have..

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          Mila RE: Recyclor Sep 19, 2007 07:35 AM

          They definitely have them at Perola, just behind the cash beside the freezers. The freezers are chock-a-block of neat stuff too.
          FYI - I did tamales with fresh corn husks this summer and they were amazing. Boil fresh husks for 30 minutes, cool and wrap, finish on BBQ.

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            Kagemusha RE: Mila Sep 19, 2007 07:17 PM

            Try using dried husks sometime and steam 'em instead the trad way with masa+beef filling--ahhh!

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          sochow RE: wagamama Sep 19, 2007 07:53 AM

          Edgar's on the queensway at royal york has them.

          1. deelicious RE: wagamama Sep 19, 2007 08:28 PM

            Sorry to change the topic - slightly - but where do you go in Toronto to get tamales made to go? Masa and chicken or beef? There were so many places in Chicago that were GREAT, but I don't know of one place in TO.


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              Kagemusha RE: deelicious Sep 20, 2007 05:44 AM

              The structuring problem here is NO MEXICANS! Chicago, like nearly all major US cities, has a large Chicano population with smaller subgroups from Central America.I've seen and spoke with more Mexicans(all laborers)at my local western GTA farmer's market than anywhere else in TO. There's no market simply because the population isn't present to support it.

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                deelicious RE: Kagemusha Sep 20, 2007 07:39 AM

                As the US economy continues to crumble - watch for more Mexicans in a city near you.

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              sochow RE: wagamama Sep 20, 2007 08:33 AM

              Seriously I don't work for Edgar's on the queensway - no really I don't - but he has tamales from several different latin american countries. I bought mine frozen and they were great, but he's getting them in fresh sometimes - you'd have to call to find out when.

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                Mila RE: sochow Sep 20, 2007 08:51 AM

                I think YOU are Edgar !
                Kidding, but I'm really going to check them out soon with all your recommendations. :-)

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                  sochow RE: Mila Sep 20, 2007 11:05 AM

                  I knew someone would accuse me of that eventually. Nope - promise!

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