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Big_Ted

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Tamale prices? Thu, 07/30/09 8:55 AM (permalink)
What are you guys paying for a dozen hand-made tamales?  We used to have a decent Mexican grocery store here but I'll be going to Rockford soon to pick some stuff up.  I'm wondering if I should just spend a day making them and forget buying them. 
 
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    Texianjoe

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    Re:Tamale prices? Thu, 07/30/09 10:12 AM (permalink)
    We pay around 7.00 a dz. for beef, pork, chicken or bean around here.

    joe
     
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      tiki

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      Re:Tamale prices? Thu, 07/30/09 10:33 AM (permalink)
      Texianjoe


      We pay around 7.00 a dz. for beef, pork, chicken or bean around here.

      joe


      same here in Muskogee Ok.
       
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        NebGuy

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        Re:Tamale prices? Thu, 07/30/09 11:23 AM (permalink)
        $6.00
         
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          felix4067

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          Re:Tamale prices? Thu, 07/30/09 3:25 PM (permalink)
          I'm jealous!  I'm paying $7.00 for six, pork and beef.

          Unless I get them from a friend's mom, then she'll give me two dozen if I buy her a 12-pack of Corona.
           
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            mar52

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            Re:Tamale prices? Thu, 07/30/09 4:42 PM (permalink)
            Jealous doesn't even cover it.

            $18!
             
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              Big_Ted

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              Re:Tamale prices? Thu, 07/30/09 5:43 PM (permalink)
              I'll find out the prices in a few days locally.  Looks like I'll be spending a day making a bunch.
               
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                MikeS.

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                Re:Tamale prices? Fri, 07/31/09 6:18 AM (permalink)
                Homemade tamales? What are those??? Man I'm so jealous.
                 
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                  HollyDolly

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                  Re:Tamale prices? Fri, 07/31/09 11:34 AM (permalink)
                  Around San Antonio if you buy them at the grocery store, they range from $2.99 to $5.00
                  for commerical brands, like Garcia's ,Pedro's and some other brands. H.E.B. Grocery Stores make their own and these are about $6.99.
                   
                  I have no idea what Delicious Tamales sells their's for or Ruben's Tamales either.
                  Delicious is a tamale factory and they have several outlets around town.
                   
                  Mike S., home made tamales are made at home.The people will buy several hogs heads
                  or sometimes other pork meat and boil it up with seasonings. You can buy the masa for tamales at the grocerystore. They add lard and some of the broth to the masa, then they spread it on a dried cornhusk,add the meat down the middle, and then fold the ends over.
                  You can also use chicken, beef and even beans and cheese, or cheese and green chilis.
                  These are then steamed till done.
                  Many hispanics have family get togethers where the ladies work to make the tamales.
                  Sometimes, families will sell the tamales as a way of making extra money for the holidays.
                  I have had some really good home made tamales in the past, yum!
                   
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                    felix4067

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                    Re:Tamale prices? Fri, 07/31/09 1:54 PM (permalink)
                    I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure Mike knows what they are, just that they're unheard-of where he is.
                     
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                      baileysoriginal

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                      Re:Tamale prices? Fri, 07/31/09 10:31 PM (permalink)
                      As I've posted here somewhere in the past on true home made from scratch tamales - whatever anyone charges to make them is a bargain.  We did it several years ago and from start to finish it was an all day affair.  After we  agreed on a recipe, we started that morning and finally finished late that night and had about 6 dozen tamales - they were very good but it took way too much time to make them.

                       
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                        Big Kahuna Kooks

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                        Re:Tamale prices? Tue, 08/4/09 12:10 PM (permalink)
                        Whenever we have an abundance of leftover pulled pork or Kahlua pig (hawaiian styule pulled pork) we make a big batch of tamales. My wife and i have the thing down to a pretty good production line. We have 3-4 pots going to steam them as we roll which cuts the time considerably. However, our last batch had a slight metallic aftertaste. Anyone know what we did wrong? We used crisco in the masa blend, as usual. Any thoughts?
                         
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                          Sundancer7

                          Re:Tamale prices? Tue, 08/4/09 12:24 PM (permalink)
                          baileysoriginal


                          As I've posted here somewhere in the past on true home made from scratch tamales - whatever anyone charges to make them is a bargain.  We did it several years ago and from start to finish it was an all day affair.  After we  agreed on a recipe, we started that morning and finally finished late that night and had about 6 dozen tamales - they were very good but it took way too much time to make them.


                          I agree with that.  I have made them before and it takes a lot of time and effort.  If you can find someone who makes what you like, buy them.
                           
                          You cannot buy good tamles in Knoxville though.
                           
                          Paul E. Smith
                          Knoxville, TN
                           
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                            mayor al

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                            Re:Tamale prices? Tue, 08/4/09 8:50 PM (permalink)
                            In SoCal, in our High Desert Community, we had a number of Latino street-corner Tamale vendors selling individual Tamales from steaming pots on the bed of pick-up trucks, usually on weekends. In several cases they were the families of students of mine who spent their friday nights making a bunch of Tamales for the men in the family to sell Saturday morning. The price was usally about $1.00 apiece, for what I considered a Large Tamale.

                              On special religious holidays (and Superbowl Sunday) it was common to order ahead by the dozen then pick up your order, steaming hot, at the appointed time. We paid about $9-$10 dollars a dozen for those special orders. I repeat they were very Large Tamales. I was suprised when I first tried the Mississippi version of the Tamale to find they were really appetizer sized , more like the size of my little finger. Our local SoCal Tamales could be considered the "Quarter-Pounders" of the Tamale World !
                             
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                              Big Kahuna Kooks

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                              Re:Tamale prices? Wed, 08/5/09 2:49 PM (permalink)
                              Al;
                              My brother lives in Redondo Beach and we frequent the Farmer Market whenever there visiting....i can attest that the tamale vendor there makes them HUGE...practicaly the size of your forearm. We get them frozen and haul em back to FL. The Cuban style tamales here are flat in shape and about the size of two fingers...long live the jumbo ones of SoCal.
                              bkk
                               
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                                MikeS.

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                                Re:Tamale prices? Sat, 08/8/09 1:23 AM (permalink)
                                felix4067


                                I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure Mike knows what they are, just that they're unheard-of where he is.

                                 
                                Sorry HD, felix is absolutely right. Back in Fresno, Calif. we had a close Mexican family that she would make us tamales most anytime we wanted for about 7 bucks a dz. Out here in my corner of WV we don't have that luxury. I sure miss good tamales. We've made them a couple times but it is a lot of work and time.

                                 
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                                  MikeS.

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                                  Re:Tamale prices? Sat, 08/8/09 1:26 AM (permalink)
                                  Al, Fresno was the same, Big Tamales. In Texas they were a lot smaller. At least any I ever had.
                                   
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