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where to buy corn husks for tamales

AmandaRG Nov 5, 2012 06:39 PM

Hi, I just moved back to the boston area from New Mexico and I wanted to make some homemade tamales for my family. Anyone know where in the Cambridge/Somerville/etc area I can buy some dried corn husks?

Thanks so much

  1. MC Slim JB Nov 5, 2012 08:17 PM

    The Somerville and Chelsea Market Basket supermarkets spring immediately to mind.

    The Chelsea one is especially beautiful, big, and well-stocked with a huge variety of Latino produce, groceries, dairy products, meat cuts and products like chorizos, frozen foods, and household items. Aisles wide enough to accommodate SUV-sized carts, and a big-assed parking lot, too.

    I imagine other Hounds can weigh in with nearby bodegas; East Boston has a bunch, for one nearish neighborhood.


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    1. re: MC Slim JB
      smtucker Nov 7, 2012 04:43 PM

      In the Somerville store, they are in the far right corner corner [as you come in the door facing the aisles] near the fresh peppers and ice cream.

      I believe that they are packaged Badia brand.

    2. maillard Nov 6, 2012 05:59 AM

      Dave's Fresh Pasta has them. Or at least they have in the past.

      1. Allstonian Nov 6, 2012 06:27 AM

        Check your local supermarket - I know I've seen them in the Allston Star Market (Packard's Corner), in the produce section near the dried chiles. Somerville Market Basket should absolutely have them.

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        1. re: Allstonian
          AmandaRG Nov 6, 2012 02:50 PM

          Thanks everyone. I'll definitely try the local grocery stores

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          Wannabfoode Nov 7, 2012 03:11 PM

          Whole Foods at Fresh Pond has had them

          1. Bacardi1 Nov 7, 2012 03:25 PM

            Granted, I'm not in the Boston area, but our local Walmart carries them regularly.

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            1. re: Bacardi1
              Allstonian Nov 7, 2012 03:34 PM

              The closest Walmarts in the Boston area are 10+ miles outside the city.

            2. itaunas Nov 8, 2012 12:35 PM

              Where in Cambridge/Somerville? There are also some latino stores and bodegas which maybe closer than the supermarkets. La Internacional in Union Square (maybe faster than parking at Market Basket), Amigo's market in East Somerville, a store near Cambridge and 5th in East Cambridge, the bodega at the corner of Columbia and Harvard in Area 4 (outside Central Square). Market Basket should have good turnover, but some of the other supermarkets vary (the Shaws at Twin Cities and the McGrath S&S also get decent latino foot traffic).

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