Heating Instructions

ABC’S OF FOOD SAFETY & GENERAL HEATING INSTRUCTIONS

NOTE:

ALWAYS WASH YOUR HANDS FOR AT LEAST 20 SECONDS WITH SOAP & WATER BEFORE HANDLING FOOD AS A RULE, ALWAYS HEAT HOT FOODS TO 165°F AND THEN HOLD READY-TO-EAT FOODS TO AT LEAST 140°F AND KEEP ALL COLD FOODS AT 40°F OR LOWER (IF YOU ARE COOKING OTHER RAW FOOD/PROTEINS, PLEASE COOK TO 165°F)

HOW TO HEAT TAMALESGF (DEFROST OPTIONAL):

Our tamales will arrive safe, fully cooked, and very cold or frozen, and they do not have to be defrosted to start the reheating process (you can reheat right from frozen), but if you want to heat them faster, leave some in the refrigerator overnight for a quicker defrost process!

A. MICROWAVE:

Tamales can go right from freezer or refrigerator into a microwave.

  • Leave the wrapping paper and husks on and heat on high for 2 minutes for frozen or 1 minute for defrosted.
B. DO IT YOURSELF STEAMER:
  • For approx. one dozen tamales (steam with husk and paper wrap intact)
  • Pour 1 inch (2.5 cm) of water into a large pot (approx. 10 quart) and add a steamer basket.
  • Arrange the tamales vertically in the pot/basket so they are standing up. (about 1 dozen will fit)
  • Bring the water in the pot to a boil to create a “steam” then reduce the heat and add water every 20 minutes and simmer the tamales for 45-60min. (Note: you can use a smaller pot for less tamales)
C. SKILLET:
  • For grilled tamales you can always take a defrosted tamale, remove the paper and husk, and grill them in a skillet with some cooking oil or butter.
  • Heat about 2 minutes each side and serve.
D. OVEN:

A reliable alternative to steaming, reheating tamales in the oven is a simple, quick method.

  • Preheat your oven to 425° and wrap each tamale (keep paper and husk on) tightly in a few layers of aluminum foil, making sure there is no air.
  • Place them in the oven for 20 minutes, turning them over at the halfway mark.
E. INSTANT POT
  • Once your Instant Pot is heated to high, place tamales with paper and husk on and let them warm for about 10 minutes.
  • Make sure they’re spaced apart so that they’ll be evenly warmed.

HOW TO SERVE THEM?

Serve them with our sauce, cheese and your favorite meats or add a fried egg for a delicious breakfast option!

And remember, unless you need lots of fiber; please remove the paper & husk before you eat your tamale!

TWO WAYS TO DEFROST FROZEN BAGS OF SAUCE AND SALSAS:

SALSAS ARE DEFROST ONLY, NO NEED TO HEAT SALSA, SIMPLY DEFROST AND SERVE
A. DEFROST SINK:
  • Place your bag of frozen food into a large enough bowl, then place bowl into your kitchen sink and allow cool water to run over it until it is fully defrosted.
B. DEFROST REFRIGERATOR:
  • Leave frozen food in your refrigerator to defrost over time (approx. 24 hours)

TWO WAYS TO HEAT FROZEN SAUCES, FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS BELOW:

A. HEATING STOVE:
  • Place defrosted bags in large pots of water on stove top and bring water to boil allowing food to cook to 165°F. Once heated, use tongs or towel to remove bag of food, cut bag and serve.
B. HEATING MICROWAVE:
  • Transfer defrosted food ingredients into microwavable plates or containers and heat accordingly. Recommend covering food with paper towel and heating on high for 2 minutes.

THIS FOOD IS NOT TO BE USED FOR RESALE

TAMALES ARE GLUTEN FREE

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