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We made tamales today, and had a lot of corn husks left over. Any suggestions on how they can be used?

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    – rumtscho
    Commented Sep 5, 2022 at 6:54
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    Corn husk dolls or other "crafty" projects (if the use need not be culinary in nature.)
    – Ecnerwal
    Commented Sep 5, 2022 at 15:03

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Traditional: line the bottom of the tamale steamer basket with them.

Modern: Steam something else in them, like halibut.

Marie Kondo: Compost them.

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    Do they spark joy @FuzzyChef?
    – GdD
    Commented Sep 5, 2022 at 7:43
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    You can use corn husks as a base for smoking. See e.g. Ottolenghi's smoked corn salad.
    – Sanchises
    Commented Sep 5, 2022 at 9:22
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    I like composting things as my compost turns back into food in the veg garden :-) Husks would also seem to make good earthworm bedding if one has a worm farm. Also, the (cooked then cooled) cobs seem to be a good fattening/multiplying food for them. Websearches should return a few more in and out of kitchen uses, e.g. https://www.ruralsprout.com/corn-husks/.
    – frIT
    Commented Sep 5, 2022 at 10:19
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    I compost them, even though I'm not much of a Kondo fan. They spark joy in my compost pile.
    – Ecnerwal
    Commented Sep 5, 2022 at 15:03
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    They could be swapped for banana leaves in many applications, wrapping rice or steaming dim sum for example.
    – GdD
    Commented Sep 6, 2022 at 11:36

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