All Tamales come Cooked: This means that they have already been steamed for you. Reheating is your best option for leftover cooked tamales. They can still be put in the fridge or freezer depending on how long you want them to last.
Reheating and cooking our tamales is easy. You have several options depending on what you have available in your kitchen. Please note that the texture and flavor of the tamales will vary depending on which cooking and reheating method you use. Using a microwave to reheat a tamale increases the chances of making the tamale dough dry, So make sure to put them in a ziplock to retain the steam
How to store tamales
Can cooked tamales be stored?
Yes !! Cooked tamales can be placed in the fridge for up to one week or freezer for a couple of months. The reheating process is the same as if they were uncooked especially if they are hard frozen. Just throw them in the steamer and they will have a great consistency again!
How to reheat tamales
Option one: How to use a steamer to reheat tamales:
Set up your steamer by filling 1/2 of the steamer with water
Turn the heat up to high and let the water boil
Turn down heat to medium
Next, arrange tamales around the steamer
Steam for 20-30 minutes until soft
Option two: This is only for tamales that have been steamed. This option will leave the exterior of the tamales a little brown & crispy. This method is a common method used in Mexico especially in rural areas where families would light up a cooking fire and use a comal to lightly toast the tamales.
Place a pan on a stove and set heat to medium
Add a tablespoon of your favorite cooking oil
Remove husk from tamales and place tamales on the pan
Flip tamales over every 1-2 minutes or until slightly brown
When surface skin on tamales is brown, your tamales are ready.
Another option is to place tamales in a ziplock bag and cook for 5 minutes in the microwave, the ziplock will retain the moisture.
Always follow safe cooking practices and instructions listed on your cookware and equipment.