If I could have only one Cooking accessory in my kitchen,
it would be my Kitchen Aid Mixer. It is the ultimate accessory to make
easy work of your Tamale Creations, and any other big cooking project. I got
mine 15 years ago as a Wedding Gift, and it has performed flawlessly over
the last 15 years with pretty heavy daily use. It can be used to mix
the MASA, which is a big job, and with the optional meat grinder listed
below, it can also grind the pork and chicken for the tamales for you.
It makes easy work of the biggest jobs. Unlike other mixers or
food processors, the KitchenAid has a BIG POWERFUL
motor, that simply can not be slowed down!
15 years of service, I have never found a case of anything slowing the
powerful kitchen aid down. I simply have never had a kitchen accessory
that I have been as pleased with!
The kitchen Aid comes standard with a dough hook, which
is the key thing that you need in mixing the MASA. (Please remember
that you can make the Tamales without a mixer by mixing it by hand, but it
is easier with the Kitchen Aid.) In addition it makes the most perfect wedding or
Christmas gift for that special cook.
Now if you really want to make easy work of the big
Tamale Day, you can get the meat grinder attachment at left. It will
grind the pork and chicken for use in your tamales. I use the meat
grinder, and find that it really helps you easily get through this part of
the job. It is made by KitchenAid, so you know it has the quality you
are looking for. I use my grinder not only for making tamales, but
also making my own hamburger meat. You can grind up fresh hamburger
meat for the best hamburgers you ever tasted. I like a little courser
grind than what they typically provide in the grocery store. I can
assure you that you will get years of enjoyment out of this accessory.
Foodsave Vacuum Sealer
Now, there is going to be one more piece of Tamale Gear
that I am going to suggest. I know that this is expensive, but if you
can swing it, you will be glad you got it, and will get years of use out of
it. You see, when you make tamales, you make them in big batches and need to
freeze some of them to enjoy later. The problem can be that after
time, foods in the freezer can become freezer burned or can take on an off
flavor. The solution is to vacuum seal your tamales and other foods
that you want to store for an extended time in the freezer. I have the
Foodsaver, and can tell you that I have had few kitchen tools that I
have gotten more use out of. After making the big batch of tamales, I vacuum
seal them using the foodsaver. I usually put about half a dozen
per bag. I can then freeze them without fear of them getting freezer
burned. I have routinely left them in the freezer for over a year.
You simply take the tamales out of the freezer, open the re-usable freezer
bags, and pop them into the microwave and you have a tamale that tastes as
good as the day you first made it!
In addition to tamales, the Foodsaver is great for
freezing all types of things. We typically buy foods in bulk to save
money, and then freeze in smaller portions with the Foodsaver. Our
Foodsaver has paid for itself many times over by allowing us to buy in bulk,
and allowing us to eliminate freezer burn and wasted food. This has
been a workhorse in our kitchen, and we have had it for about 7 years, and
it is still going strong. There are several different versions of
the Foodsaver, but I am glad I got their top of the line model. It
features many bells and whistles that makes it easy to use and gets a
perfect seal every time. I enjoy the fresh taste of foods frozen with
the Foodsaver, and I am happy to not be throwing out freezer burned food any
I offer these items in order to make it easier for you to make tamales.
I hope you do not feel that I am putting the "Hard Sell" on you. These
are items in my kitchen that I have and enjoy, and consider quality
products. My main concern is that you
Make Tamales! Please know that
if you can not afford, or do not have these accessories, your tamales can
come out just as good, and taste just as delicious. These
accessories are not necessary, they are just nice.
This site is dedicated to
the Loving Memory of Goya Pina, who taught me how to cook tamales, and many
other delicious Mexican Food dishes. She died in 1998 at the age of 78.