September 6th, 2006

boom de yada
  • kejlina

Drying corn husks?

Okay guys, I've never had a tamale. But, they seem like they'd be delicious.

Problem is that I can't find any place locally that sells the dried corn leaves/husks that you're supposed to use to wrap the things in. I did find a store that sells them, but it's a two-hour $40 bus trip away and the bag of corn leaves itself costs 15 dollars which seems super steep - especially since I have all of free access to corn growing in my back yard.

Can I use my own corn, then, to make the tamale wrappers? Do I use the leaf part, or the part that covers the ear of corn? Both? Do I just hang it up to dry or does it need to be pressed or otherwise treated?