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colleend Dec 3, 2008 09:55 AM

Need 'um before Saturday for Aubuela's tamales. Can someone tell me where can I find them?

  1. dagoose Dec 3, 2008 01:45 PM

    Uwajimaya usually only has frozen ones. You might try Mekong on rainier, as they specialize in things from parts of the world that use a lot of banana leaves.

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      howard 1st Dec 3, 2008 01:57 PM

      saw them at ranch 99 in kent - in a plastic bag in the fresh produce section

      1. vanillagorilla Dec 4, 2008 08:58 AM

        Is there a reason frozen ones won't work?

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          colleend Dec 12, 2008 11:01 AM

          Thank you, all! We found them at Ranch 99. We tried frozen leaves last year. The cooks in the family (Aubuela, Tia Lucia, and Prima Mari) were quite disappointed. So--fresh it is!

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            zoogrrrl Dec 13, 2008 11:12 AM

            Is there any prep needed to work with fresh banana leaves? I'm making tamales soon and think I'll try some in banana. See that I can get them at Ranch 99. Then what? Proceed as I usually would with corn husks?

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              rg091969 Dec 8, 2009 07:23 PM

              You need to give them a rinse and steam them to make them pliable. After steaming remove the toughest part of the stem so they bend around the food better without cracking which will mean leakage. In different parts of the world they don't steam the leaves, but they have access to leaves that are less mature and more tender.

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