Can Prepared Masa Be Used to Make Tamales?


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Prepared masa can be used for making tamales if it is light and fluffy. A simple test is to drop a ball of the prepared masa in water. If it floats, it is ready to use. If it doesn’t float, add more lard and test again.

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Can Prepared Masa Be Used to Make Tamales?
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Masa begins as dried corn kernels. The kernels are softened with the outer hull removed and ground. The softening allows the corn to bind together to make a dough called masa. Masa harina is the dried form. When buying prepared masa, check the label for “para tamales” or “para tortillas.” Prepared masa “para tortillas” is a much finer texture.

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