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Tamal Kit

Just in time for the holiday season, Masienda’s Tamal Kit includes the essentials for hosting your own tamalada (tamal-making party): Heirloom White Corn Masa Harina, 50 (approx.) non-GMO corn husks, and a mini cookbook containing 10 recipes for tamales (including vegan and sweet) from some of Masienda’s favorite chefs. This seasonal bundle is an invitation to gather friends and family to share in the joy of this delicious custom.

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Each kit makes approximately 50 tamales and contains:
• 1 bag Heirloom White Corn Masa Harina
• 15.5 oz non-GMO Hojas de Maíz
• 1 copy of ¡Tamales!, a 32-page mini cookbook featuring a primer on tamales from masa harina and 9 suggested recipes

A note on hojas: These corn husks are not the run-of-the-mill, bone-dry version you may find at your local market. They've been packed with moisture, flushed with a small amount of nitrogen, and vacuum sealed to keep them fresh. They will last up to four months, or can be frozen to extend their shelf life. While hojas arrive hydrated, we do recommend soaking in hot water for at least 10 minutes to dissipate any scent of sulfur dioxide (traditionally used as a preservative).
Making tamales is a labor of love. Plan on setting aside a day to embark on this cooking project. In addition to this kit, you’ll need: your preferred fat (lard or vegan substitute), broth, baking powder, and the filling of your choice. Check out the ¡Tamales! book or our blog for ideas.
Review Highlights-

The Perfect Gift!

As we enter fall there is one thing my family and I think of and get excited about and that’s tamales. I used to live on the east coast many years ago and found it hard at times to find the basic ingredients to make tamales. This kit would have been a godsend back then and I’m so excited to gift this to my family that’s away from home. It has all the basics you need to create tamales. The recipe book alone is a game changer. It walks you through many different types of recipes in an approachable way. I LOVE THIS TAMAL KIT!

Hugo G.
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100% Made in Mexico

Single-Origin Heirloom Corn

The Art of the Tamalada

For many of us, the holidays are synonymous with tamales. Gathering with family and friends to prepare this traditional food is about more than just making food — it’s about making memories. Read on to learn more about the art of hosting a tamalada from “La Mera Mera Tamalera” herself, Dr. Ellen Riojas Clark, retired professor of bilingual and bicultural studies.

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How many tamales does this kit make?

About 50. It will depend on how large or small your tamales are, but the kit comes with 15.5 ounces of non-GMO corn husks (or about 50 individual husks). So this is party-size! The recipes in the book are also scaled to produce about 50 tamales.

Is this kit vegetarian/vegan friendly?

Absolutely. In the ¡Tamales! mini cookbook, you’ll learn about how to make tamales using vegetarian and vegan substitutes like butter, coconut oil, and vegan shortening. Also included in the book are recipes for vegetable-forward fillings like mushrooms in pipián verde and hibiscus mole with queso panela.

Do I need this kit to make tamales?

You don’t! You can make tamales with any color of masa harina, though white and yellow are more traditional, and with hojas or husks you find at your local market or the purveyor of your choice. Check out our guide for more information.