Corn Husks for Tamales




Product: Premium Corn Husks Shell # 1 for Tamales

$9.80-pound | ($0.61/oz)

Reg. $47.00 lb

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About the Product

A cuisine tradition, dried Corn husks are especially popular used for wrapping food in Southwestern cooking. In Southern Mexico, tamales are wrapped in banana leaves. But in Northern Mexico, tamales are wrapped in corn husks. Traditionally, tamales are made with dried corn husks that have been soaked until pliable. 

  • Half pound to make about 8 dozen tamales
  • 1lb to make about 16 dozen tamales
  • 5lb to make about 80 dozen tamales
  • 10lb to make about 160 dozen tamales
  • Premium Corn Husks Shell # 1 
  • Extra Fancy Leaf by Leaf, no waste For those who Consider Quality first.
  • Husks must be soaked in hot water for 30 minutes and dried prior to wrapping food.
  • Package weighs one pound when packed, please allow for evaporation
  • Store in a cool, dry place
  • Product of Mexico

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High Vacuum packing is a method of packaging that removes air from the package prior to sealing. Shrink film is sometimes used to have a tight fit to the contents. Vacuum packing reduces atmospheric oxygen, limiting the growth of aerobic bacteria or fungi, and preventing the evaporation of volatile components.

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Corn Husks for Tamales are frequently used in Latin American cuisines to wrap foods that will be steamed or Grilled. Corn Husks have been adopted as a kitchen staple in the wrapping of Tamales, Pork, Chicken and SeaFood. Tamale is derived from the word tamalii from the Nahuatl language spoken by the Aztecs. The word means “wrapped food”

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Corn Husks are used for wrapping seafood, such as fish, prawns, crabs, and so on. The reason behind this is that seafood gets roasted easily if it is covered with layers of corn husk beforehand. In other words, grilling and roasting become easier with the use of corn husks.

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How to Fold Tamales

Step-By-Step Guide to Wrapping Your Own Tamales

Making Tamales is easy once you get the hang of it. Read through this guide to learn how to prepare the corn husks and assemble the tamale. It may take you a little longer to make the first few, but after you learn the ropes, you’ll have a whole batch ready in no time.

Difficulty: Average

Time Required: one hour

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Here’s How

Sort the husks

Go through the corn husks removing any debris. Separate the larger usable pieces from, the smaller bits and pieces. Save the smaller pieces for later.

Soak the husks

Place the husks into a large bowl. Cover husks with warm water. Set a heavy item (like a heavy bowl or mug) on top of the husks to keep them submerged.

Prepare the husks 

Remove the husks from the water and pat dry. Place into a covered dish or a large plastic bag to prevent from drying out. Use only the larger and medium-sized husks for the tamales. The smaller ones can be used later for ties or patches. When looking at the husk, notice the shape. They have a narrow end, a broad end, and two long sides.

Adding the dough

Lay a husk on a flat surface. Spoon 1-2 tablespoons of dough onto the husk, depending on the size of the husk. Use the back of a metal spoon to spread the dough onto the husk. When spreading the dough, leave a space of about 4 inches from the narrow end of the husk and about 2 inches from the other end. Spread the dough on the edge of one of the long sides and 2 inches away from the other long side. Try to keep the dough approximately 1/4 inch thick.


Spread a couple of spoonfuls of filling down the center of the dough, leaving at least one inch of dough around the sides.


Locate the long side with a 2-inch space with no masa. Fold that over, slightly overlapping the other side, so the edges of the dough meet. Wrap the extra husk around the back. Then fold the broad end over the top and then the long narrow end over the broad end.


Create strips of husk by cutting or tearing 1/4 inch lengths off of some of the smaller or unusable husks. Use these to tie across the middle of the tamale to hold the flaps down.


Set tamales upright in a steamer. You can buy large steamers made just for this purpose. You may have something else you can use to create the same effect. The key is to have a small amount of boiling water on the bottom of the pot and a colander or mesh of some sort to keep the tamales away from the water.

Steam for about 90 minutes

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  1. Do not let the water boil up completely. Add hot water to the pot as necessary but keep it away from the tamales.
  2. If some of the husks are too small or you have trouble closing them, use extra pieces of husk to wrap around the open areas.
  3. You can also use kitchen twine to tie off the tamales.

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What You Need

  • Corn Husks
  • Large bowl or sink for soaking the corn husks
  • Container or plastic bag for keeping the husks from drying out
  • Tamale dough
  • Fillings
  • Steaming bucket or something you can steam them in
  • Tamales flour

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Packing Details

Vacuum packing is a method of packaging that removes air from the package prior to sealing. Shrink film is sometimes used to have a tight fit to the contents. Vacuum packing reduces atmospheric oxygen, limiting the growth of aerobic bacteria or fungi, and preventing the evaporation of volatile components.

  • Unit Type: Piece
  • Carton Box
  • Package Weight: 4 lbs
  • Package Size: 13.11in x 12.67in x 3.93in

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Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 13.11 × 12.67 × 3.93 in
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