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Dec 17, 2007 01:52 PM

help re-heating tamales

i made a bunch of tamales in banana leaves, and oops! didn't add enough salt. does anyone know if i can reheat them by boiling them again, this time in salty water to add salt to the masa? i'm not sure if boiling them again will make them soggy but i'm hoping that this will save some of them by making them a bit more salty. any ideas?

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  1. Reheat them by steaming, is what I would do. If you have a two-part kettle steamer, that would be best. A fold-out basket steamer will work, but you might have to do them in batches - not a big deal, as they should heat up nicely in five or six minutes. Unwrap them, salt them lightly and then re-wrap before steaming to keep the dough from dissolving. If you don't have a stovetop steamer, I'd urge you to go get one - they aren't expensive, and steaming is a much better way to cook tamales anyway.

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    1. re: Will Owen

      Braise them gently in a nice sauce with sliced onions and soft pork chunks...
      Throw some cheese on em' and some cilantro--- get some love on those babies!

      1. re: Mild Bill

        If I were doing it, what I would is heat them in the microwave the amount I was going
        to serve and let each individual add the amount of salt they wanted, because everyone has a different taster, And If i was going to give them as a gift I would just
        tell the person you are giving them to, No big deal.