How to Freeze Tamales


Tamales, a latin dish, often are cooked during times of celebrations and family gatherings. Tamales contain a wide variety of fillings, such as pork or shrimp. The shells of tamales often differ, but wrappings made from corn have become the standard. Since the tamales serve a large number of people, often times leftovers occur. You can safely freeze any leftover tamales to use later. Keep the tamales safe in the freezer by ensuring that air does not come into contact causing unsightly freezer burn.

Things You'll Need

  • Cooked tamales
  • Aluminum foil
  • Freezer bags
  • Glass containers with lid
  • Masking tape
  • Marker
  • Cook the tamales according to your recipe. You must always cook tamales before freezing them to prevent food borne illnesses and the threat of harmful bacteria.

  • Allow the tamales to cool completely. Do not allow them to set out for two hours at room temperature, but wait for them to cool off before preparing the tamales for the freezer.

  • Wrap each tamale in two layers of aluminum foil. Close off all sides of the foil to make sure that no air can reach the tamale.

  • Place the foil wrapped tamales in a zippered freezer bag or freezer safe container. Squeeze out an excess air from the freezer bags.

  • Add a piece of masking tape to the bag or container. Write the date and contents with a marker to ensure that you consume the tamales within a year.

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