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Question Round two of tamales, need pot recommendations

So last week I made my first batch of tamales, but I did not have a proper pot for making them and had to use 2 pots, a small pot I had on hand with a steamer top to it and also used a large rice cooker with the plastic steamer basket on top.

I did have a amazing first batch, they were roasted poblano/corn tamales, but now I am anxious to find a good large pot and steamer insert, at least 15 quarts I guess. I have two tamales left, my first batch made about 20 large tamales.

What pots have you used for making tamales? I would love to avoid aluminum pots and inserts, but they seem the most popular. I am thinking stainless steel is the way to go and may have to buy the insert separate from the pot and that's ok.

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Re: Round two of tamales, need pot recommendations

I own this one and I love it it fits a about 100 small tamales. I also have a cheap aluminum and it work fine too.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Princess-Hou...item19d669f05d

I am thinking on getting this one for smaller batches
http://www.princesshouse.com/product...spx?pid=177931
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Re: Round two of tamales, need pot recommendations

Oh, those two are sooo nice. I don't know if I am ready for that kind of investment yet though.

this one seems tempting, the price is sure nice. What insert would work with it? Do you think this basket could be used with the pot above and would work for placing tamales in.
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My mom always used a pressure cooker for hers but I've never tried it - probably not much help

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Re: Round two of tamales, need pot recommendations

the pot is really nice but I dont think the basket would work. I have this steamer and it works fine and also love that it fits in different size pots. When I use it to make tamales I put it upside down so I can add more water. You can also find them at walmart.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ekco-World-K...item5893898034
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I found the steamer at walmart but it is more expensive
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Progressiv...asket/10086660
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Re: Round two of tamales, need pot recommendations

I looked for one of those at Walmart, but they didn't have it, only had a silicon looking one, they did not say whether it was silicon or what it was and it looked like it would not hold many tamales weight.

I have been stalking stock pots and such on craiglist. The largest pot I have is 8 quart, but the minimum I guess I need is 12, but would prefer larger.

I went to the local Asian market, thinking I would find some great Bamboo baskets or something, but they only had tiny ones, like really small.

BUT, they had lots of 2 tier steamers out of stainless, which was tempting.

QUESTION: Any reason why I can't use the steamers that are 2 tiers high and lay the tamales flat in each tier? I think I read I shouldn't stack them more than 2 tamales high.

In general, the stainless pots I saw available at the asian market looked very similar to these POTS.

I keep hearing I need to steam the tamales vertically, any reason why I cannot lay them down, and give it a go?

I cannot thank you enough for your help here!
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Any reason why I can't use the steamers that are 2 tiers high and lay the tamales flat in each tier? You can use the 3 tier one I just prefer a steaming rack.
I think I read I shouldn't stack them more than 2 tamales high. You can stack as many as you want I have stack I think up to 12-15 as lont as you stack them the right way

In general, the stainless pots I saw available at the asian market looked very similar to these POTS. You can totaly get one of those I think is just a preference. What about this one they have it a my local walmart and you live like 20-30 min from me so they probably have it on your walmart or you can order online it online.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tramontina...ckpot/19581118

I keep hearing I need to steam the tamales vertically, any reason why I cannot lay them down, and give it a go? You need to stack them vertically of the filling would come out from the open end. The way I stack them is I lay a tamale flat in the middle of the pot and then I go from there laying tamales aroung it, I hope that make sense.

I cannot thank you enough for your help here!


Here are a little extra tips maybe you already know them. For every package of maseca you can add a couple of table spoons of baking powder to make them fluffy and easier to remove form the corn husk. Also did you know the the corn husk have a right and wrong side. You can tell by touching the husk that one side is softer than the other. I you spread the masa in the wrong/rough side it would be harder to remove the tamal from the husk.
I see that you live in Grand Prairie if you ever drive by El rancho grocery store you can stop by and get the corn husks from there they are the best I had found.
If you have any more question let me know and I hope my answers make sense.
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