Originally Posted by blues_n_cues
use maseca brand masa if possible. there are no real directions for how much for tamales but a simple rule is- around 8 cups dry masa mix for 4 doz. tamales. it's not a set measurement for this- use 2 cups corn oil & 5 cups of juice or base or both divided.
start off w/ a less dry(drier) mix-the masa will suck up moisture & get thicker before your eyes.you want a creamy peanut butter consistency when done.
i usually add a tbsp ea. comino,garlic & onion pwdrs,thyme,& black pepper.
if you use a base(chix,beef,pork)depending on what you're doing- no salt is needed.
I bought lard. Should I use a little less oil and add some in?
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