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I don't want to be ridiculous but I'm uncertain at what point I can freeze tamales. Do I steam them and then freeze or do I assemble and then freeze? I would like to make a large batch and freeze since they are time consuming. Also, when they come out of the freezer then what? Any help is greatly appreciated.

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I would steam them, let them cool, then freeze them. If you buy them in large quantites from a vendor or from a fund raiser or something, they come already steamed.

As for prep, I would think the microwave is the best answer, as that ought to keep them nice and moist while they are cooking. Steaming them again would probably work, but might take a while. And while I haven't tried it, I suspect an oven might dry them out too much.

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Steaming them again to thaw works quite well. However, you have to be careful not to over-steam them, or they'll disintegrate. –  FuzzyChef Dec 23 '11 at 5:45

I would take the same tack as enchiladas; assemble then freeze. Use a solid bag and a heated water bath to warm filing, then steam to get tamales where you want them with respect to the shell.

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