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Is there a substitute for corn husks when making tamales? I can't get them where I live, but want to make tamales.

Is it possible to use plastic wrap or parchment instead of the corn husk when steaming?

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As a matter of fact, aluminum foil, kitchen parchment, and saran wrap can be used as substitutes for corn husks when making Tamales. Check out the entire cooking procedure on mexicancooking.netrelief.com/tamales/how_to_make_hot_tamales_recipe.shtml.

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Some tamales use Banana leaves.. I'd look on google to see if anyone has used parchment, that's an interesting idea, might work

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Parchment paper works fine. Try to soak it in water first to keep the tamale moist as it cooks.

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I've used parchment paper cut into squares and they have worked good. I also have also used the pre-cut 9" round cake pan parchment paper for each tamale. If storing for a long time I roll them again in aluminum foil sheet for freezing.

This site also has substitute corn husks made with parchment paper with corn husk texture.

http://shop.griespaper.com/100-pk-Corn-Husk-Substitute-NEW-Textured-Tamale-5-1-2-x-8-27-0512-0800-WM.htm

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