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  1. #1
    Mark Thorson Guest

    Default Tamale Makers

    The recent thread about tamale makers got me looking,
    and I took the plunge.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=190388411842

    This appear to be a lot more heavy duty than
    the Tamale King. The manufacturer is defunct,
    however, so I'm on my own if there are any
    problems.

    I'm thinking it could be used for lots of other stuff.
    For example, I think glutinous rice could be
    extruded through this machine. It might be
    useful for making things to be deep fried.
    Or maybe confectionery. A dough would probably
    be a bit too thick to extrude.

  2. #2
    George Shirley Guest

    Default Re: Tamale Makers

    On 4/19/2010 12:42 PM, Mark Thorson wrote:
    > The recent thread about tamale makers got me looking,
    > and I took the plunge.
    >
    > http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=190388411842
    >
    > This appear to be a lot more heavy duty than
    > the Tamale King. The manufacturer is defunct,
    > however, so I'm on my own if there are any
    > problems.
    >
    > I'm thinking it could be used for lots of other stuff.
    > For example, I think glutinous rice could be
    > extruded through this machine. It might be
    > useful for making things to be deep fried.
    > Or maybe confectionery. A dough would probably
    > be a bit too thick to extrude.


    Wow! The Corpus Christi folks we used to make tamales with were a lot
    better looking than that thing. <G> We made upwards of 200 dozen every
    Christmas and shared them out. No extruders other than two hands.

  3. #3
    zxcvbob Guest

    Default Re: Tamale Makers

    Mark Thorson wrote:
    > The recent thread about tamale makers got me looking,
    > and I took the plunge.
    >
    > http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=190388411842
    >
    > This appear to be a lot more heavy duty than
    > the Tamale King. The manufacturer is defunct,
    > however, so I'm on my own if there are any
    > problems.
    >
    > I'm thinking it could be used for lots of other stuff.
    > For example, I think glutinous rice could be
    > extruded through this machine. It might be
    > useful for making things to be deep fried.
    > Or maybe confectionery. A dough would probably
    > be a bit too thick to extrude.



    You could make some really cool sausages with that thing. <boggle>

    Bob

  4. #4
    gloria.p Guest

    Default Re: Tamale Makers

    Mark Thorson wrote:
    > The recent thread about tamale makers got me looking,
    > and I took the plunge.
    >
    > http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=190388411842
    >
    > This appear to be a lot more heavy duty than
    > the Tamale King. The manufacturer is defunct,
    > however, so I'm on my own if there are any
    > problems.
    >
    > I'm thinking it could be used for lots of other stuff.
    > For example, I think glutinous rice could be
    > extruded through this machine. It might be
    > useful for making things to be deep fried.
    > Or maybe confectionery. A dough would probably
    > be a bit too thick to extrude.



    Are you going into business? One of the charms of homemade tamales is
    that they are HANDmade. I wonder if you couldn't make 100 tamales in
    the time it would take you to clean up that gizmo after using it.

    gloria p

  5. #5
    Mark Thorson Guest

    Default Re: Tamale Makers

    "gloria.p" wrote:
    >
    > Are you going into business? One of the charms of homemade tamales is


    No, I just can't resist some kinds of machinery.
    The only way it could have been better would
    have been if it were a 100-year-old cast iron
    antique.

    > that they are HANDmade. I wonder if you couldn't make 100 tamales in
    > the time it would take you to clean up that gizmo after using it.


    Doesn't matter. Just having the power to make
    thousands of tamales pleases me. Didn't Henry
    Kissinger say something about that being the
    ultimate aphrodesiac?

  6. #6
    Mark Thorson Guest

    Default Re: Tamale Makers

    zxcvbob wrote:
    >
    > You could make some really cool sausages with that thing. <boggle>


    That is an interesting thought. They could have
    cream cheese or something running down the middle.
    Or a different type of meat. Hmmmm.

  7. #7
    Otto Bahn Guest

    Default Re: Tamale Makers

    "Mark Thorson" <[email protected]> wrote

    >> that they are HANDmade. I wonder if you couldn't make 100 tamales in
    >> the time it would take you to clean up that gizmo after using it.

    >
    > Doesn't matter. Just having the power to make
    > thousands of tamales pleases me. Didn't Henry
    > Kissinger say something about that being the
    > ultimate aphrodesiac?


    Unfortunately, Henry Kissinger is the anti-dote.

    --oTTo--



  8. #8
    Arri London Guest

    Default Re: Tamale Makers



    George Shirley wrote:
    >
    > On 4/19/2010 12:42 PM, Mark Thorson wrote:
    > > The recent thread about tamale makers got me looking,
    > > and I took the plunge.
    > >
    > > http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=190388411842
    > >
    > > This appear to be a lot more heavy duty than
    > > the Tamale King. The manufacturer is defunct,
    > > however, so I'm on my own if there are any
    > > problems.
    > >
    > > I'm thinking it could be used for lots of other stuff.
    > > For example, I think glutinous rice could be
    > > extruded through this machine. It might be
    > > useful for making things to be deep fried.
    > > Or maybe confectionery. A dough would probably
    > > be a bit too thick to extrude.

    >
    > Wow! The Corpus Christi folks we used to make tamales with were a lot
    > better looking than that thing. <G> We made upwards of 200 dozen every
    > Christmas and shared them out. No extruders other than two hands.


    Locally (and elsewhere) a masa spreader is sold for spreading the masa
    which looks remarkably like a tool sold in the DIY places for spreading
    plaster, drywall mud or cement

    See one here: http://www.texasrollingpins.com/tamalespreader.html

    The ebay listing says it takes years to spread masa properly. Not true


  9. #9
    Lou Decruss Guest

    Default Re: Tamale Makers

    On Mon, 19 Apr 2010 17:10:43 -0600, Arri London <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >
    >
    >George Shirley wrote:
    >>
    >> On 4/19/2010 12:42 PM, Mark Thorson wrote:
    >> > The recent thread about tamale makers got me looking,
    >> > and I took the plunge.
    >> >
    >> > http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=190388411842
    >> >
    >> > This appear to be a lot more heavy duty than
    >> > the Tamale King. The manufacturer is defunct,
    >> > however, so I'm on my own if there are any
    >> > problems.
    >> >
    >> > I'm thinking it could be used for lots of other stuff.
    >> > For example, I think glutinous rice could be
    >> > extruded through this machine. It might be
    >> > useful for making things to be deep fried.
    >> > Or maybe confectionery. A dough would probably
    >> > be a bit too thick to extrude.

    >>
    >> Wow! The Corpus Christi folks we used to make tamales with were a lot
    >> better looking than that thing. <G> We made upwards of 200 dozen every
    >> Christmas and shared them out. No extruders other than two hands.

    >
    >Locally (and elsewhere) a masa spreader is sold for spreading the masa
    >which looks remarkably like a tool sold in the DIY places for spreading
    >plaster, drywall mud or cement
    >
    >See one here: http://www.texasrollingpins.com/tamalespreader.html
    >
    >The ebay listing says it takes years to spread masa properly. Not true
    >


    The demo got to me. We ordered one. I've never seen anything like
    it. Call me a sucker. <g>

    Lou

  10. #10
    zxcvbob Guest

    Default Re: Tamale Makers

    Lou Decruss wrote:
    > On Mon, 19 Apr 2010 17:10:43 -0600, Arri London <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> George Shirley wrote:
    >>> On 4/19/2010 12:42 PM, Mark Thorson wrote:
    >>>> The recent thread about tamale makers got me looking,
    >>>> and I took the plunge.
    >>>>
    >>>> http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=190388411842
    >>>>
    >>>> This appear to be a lot more heavy duty than
    >>>> the Tamale King. The manufacturer is defunct,
    >>>> however, so I'm on my own if there are any
    >>>> problems.
    >>>>
    >>>> I'm thinking it could be used for lots of other stuff.
    >>>> For example, I think glutinous rice could be
    >>>> extruded through this machine. It might be
    >>>> useful for making things to be deep fried.
    >>>> Or maybe confectionery. A dough would probably
    >>>> be a bit too thick to extrude.
    >>> Wow! The Corpus Christi folks we used to make tamales with were a lot
    >>> better looking than that thing. <G> We made upwards of 200 dozen every
    >>> Christmas and shared them out. No extruders other than two hands.

    >> Locally (and elsewhere) a masa spreader is sold for spreading the masa
    >> which looks remarkably like a tool sold in the DIY places for spreading
    >> plaster, drywall mud or cement
    >>
    >> See one here: http://www.texasrollingpins.com/tamalespreader.html
    >>
    >> The ebay listing says it takes years to spread masa properly. Not true
    >>

    >
    > The demo got to me. We ordered one. I've never seen anything like
    > it. Call me a sucker. <g>
    >
    > Lou



    Wow, I really like that. But I think a 5" or 6" taping knife would do
    the exact same thing. It never occurred to me to spread all the masa
    first and just pile up the husks, then do all the filling/rolling as a
    separate step. (batch processing) :-)

    Wife will be out of town this weekend (in case it's a disaster) I
    might have to try it. I have all the ingredients already in the
    freezer...

    Bob

  11. #11
    Lou Decruss Guest

    Default Re: Tamale Makers

    On Tue, 20 Apr 2010 11:03:33 -0500, zxcvbob <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >Lou Decruss wrote:
    >> On Mon, 19 Apr 2010 17:10:43 -0600, Arri London <[email protected]>
    >> wrote:

    >
    >>>> Wow! The Corpus Christi folks we used to make tamales with were a lot
    >>>> better looking than that thing. <G> We made upwards of 200 dozen every
    >>>> Christmas and shared them out. No extruders other than two hands.
    >>> Locally (and elsewhere) a masa spreader is sold for spreading the masa
    >>> which looks remarkably like a tool sold in the DIY places for spreading
    >>> plaster, drywall mud or cement
    >>>
    >>> See one here: http://www.texasrollingpins.com/tamalespreader.html
    >>>
    >>> The ebay listing says it takes years to spread masa properly. Not true
    >>>

    >>
    >> The demo got to me. We ordered one. I've never seen anything like
    >> it. Call me a sucker. <g>
    >>
    >> Lou

    >
    >
    >Wow, I really like that. But I think a 5" or 6" taping knife would do
    >the exact same thing.


    I thought of that too but it wouldn't have the little tracks on the
    edges. Kinda like the guides I've seen for rolling out pie dough.
    I've tried using a frosting spreader and a flipper with not so good
    results. I'll have to do it on my counter and a metal scraper would
    destroy the counter.

    >It never occurred to me to spread all the masa
    >first and just pile up the husks, then do all the filling/rolling as a
    >separate step. (batch processing) :-)


    It was a new idea to me too.

    >Wife will be out of town this weekend (in case it's a disaster) I
    >might have to try it. I have all the ingredients already in the
    >freezer...


    Let us know how it turns out! Good luck.

    Lou

  12. #12
    zxcvbob Guest

    Default Re: Tamale Makers

    Lou Decruss wrote:
    > On Tue, 20 Apr 2010 11:03:33 -0500, zxcvbob <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> Lou Decruss wrote:
    >>> On Mon, 19 Apr 2010 17:10:43 -0600, Arri London <[email protected]>
    >>> wrote:
    >>>>> Wow! The Corpus Christi folks we used to make tamales with were a lot
    >>>>> better looking than that thing. <G> We made upwards of 200 dozen every
    >>>>> Christmas and shared them out. No extruders other than two hands.
    >>>> Locally (and elsewhere) a masa spreader is sold for spreading the masa
    >>>> which looks remarkably like a tool sold in the DIY places for spreading
    >>>> plaster, drywall mud or cement
    >>>>
    >>>> See one here: http://www.texasrollingpins.com/tamalespreader.html
    >>>>
    >>>> The ebay listing says it takes years to spread masa properly. Not true
    >>>>
    >>> The demo got to me. We ordered one. I've never seen anything like
    >>> it. Call me a sucker. <g>
    >>>
    >>> Lou

    >>
    >> Wow, I really like that. But I think a 5" or 6" taping knife would do
    >> the exact same thing.

    >
    > I thought of that too but it wouldn't have the little tracks on the
    > edges. Kinda like the guides I've seen for rolling out pie dough.
    > I've tried using a frosting spreader and a flipper with not so good
    > results. I'll have to do it on my counter and a metal scraper would
    > destroy the counter.


    The tool looks a whole lot like just the handle for a painting pad.
    The tracks for holding the pad in place would act as the depth gauge.
    (off to Home Depot to take a look)

    Bob

  13. #13
    blake murphy Guest

    Default Re: Tamale Makers

    On Mon, 19 Apr 2010 16:02:37 -0400, Otto Bahn wrote:

    > "Mark Thorson" <[email protected]> wrote
    >
    >>> that they are HANDmade. I wonder if you couldn't make 100 tamales in
    >>> the time it would take you to clean up that gizmo after using it.

    >>
    >> Doesn't matter. Just having the power to make
    >> thousands of tamales pleases me. Didn't Henry
    >> Kissinger say something about that being the
    >> ultimate aphrodesiac?

    >
    > Unfortunately, Henry Kissinger is the anti-dote.
    >
    > --oTTo--


    not on topic, but i recently heard henry referred to as 'Henry
    Kissmyassinger.'

    your pal,
    blake

  14. #14
    Arri London Guest

    Default Re: Tamale Makers



    Lou Decruss wrote:
    >
    > On Mon, 19 Apr 2010 17:10:43 -0600, Arri London <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    > >
    > >
    > >George Shirley wrote:
    > >>
    > >> On 4/19/2010 12:42 PM, Mark Thorson wrote:
    > >> > The recent thread about tamale makers got me looking,
    > >> > and I took the plunge.
    > >> >
    > >> > http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=190388411842
    > >> >
    > >> > This appear to be a lot more heavy duty than
    > >> > the Tamale King. The manufacturer is defunct,
    > >> > however, so I'm on my own if there are any
    > >> > problems.
    > >> >
    > >> > I'm thinking it could be used for lots of other stuff.
    > >> > For example, I think glutinous rice could be
    > >> > extruded through this machine. It might be
    > >> > useful for making things to be deep fried.
    > >> > Or maybe confectionery. A dough would probably
    > >> > be a bit too thick to extrude.
    > >>
    > >> Wow! The Corpus Christi folks we used to make tamales with were a lot
    > >> better looking than that thing. <G> We made upwards of 200 dozen every
    > >> Christmas and shared them out. No extruders other than two hands.

    > >
    > >Locally (and elsewhere) a masa spreader is sold for spreading the masa
    > >which looks remarkably like a tool sold in the DIY places for spreading
    > >plaster, drywall mud or cement
    > >
    > >See one here: http://www.texasrollingpins.com/tamalespreader.html
    > >
    > >The ebay listing says it takes years to spread masa properly. Not true
    > >

    >
    > The demo got to me. We ordered one. I've never seen anything like
    > it. Call me a sucker. <g>
    >
    > Lou


    Hey don't blame me for *your* caving in to crass materialism Could've
    gone to any DIY and got one for less...probably.

  15. #15
    Terry Pulliam Burd Guest

    Default Re: Tamale Makers

    On Tue, 20 Apr 2010 09:26:17 -0500, Lou Decruss
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Mon, 19 Apr 2010 17:10:43 -0600, Arri London <[email protected]>
    >wrote:


    <snip>

    >>Locally (and elsewhere) a masa spreader is sold for spreading the masa
    >>which looks remarkably like a tool sold in the DIY places for spreading
    >>plaster, drywall mud or cement
    >>
    >>See one here: http://www.texasrollingpins.com/tamalespreader.html
    >>
    >>The ebay listing says it takes years to spread masa properly. Not true
    >>

    >
    >The demo got to me. We ordered one. I've never seen anything like
    >it. Call me a sucker. <g>


    Then call me a sucker, too. I've made tamales for years and the
    absolute worst part is spreading the masa. I ordered one about 2
    minutes after I saw the demo. Next cookin: tamales!

    Terry "Squeaks" Pulliam Burd

    --

    "If the soup had been as warm as the wine,
    if the wine had been as old as the turkey,
    and if the turkey had had a breast like the maid,
    it would have been a swell dinner." Duncan Hines


    To reply, remove "spambot" and replace it with "cox"

  16. #16
    Lou Decruss Guest

    Default Re: Tamale Makers

    On Tue, 20 Apr 2010 12:21:45 -0500, zxcvbob <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >Lou Decruss wrote:


    >>>>> See one here: http://www.texasrollingpins.com/tamalespreader.html
    >>>>>
    >>>>> The ebay listing says it takes years to spread masa properly. Not true
    >>>>>
    >>>> The demo got to me. We ordered one. I've never seen anything like
    >>>> it. Call me a sucker. <g>
    >>>>
    >>>> Lou
    >>>
    >>> Wow, I really like that. But I think a 5" or 6" taping knife would do
    >>> the exact same thing.

    >>
    >> I thought of that too but it wouldn't have the little tracks on the
    >> edges. Kinda like the guides I've seen for rolling out pie dough.
    >> I've tried using a frosting spreader and a flipper with not so good
    >> results. I'll have to do it on my counter and a metal scraper would
    >> destroy the counter.

    >
    >The tool looks a whole lot like just the handle for a painting pad.
    >The tracks for holding the pad in place would act as the depth gauge.
    > (off to Home Depot to take a look)


    Yeah, after we ordered it I was thinking I could have played around
    with the dremel tool and come up with something. Then I looked around
    at all the other projects I've got going and was glad I ordered it.

    Lou

  17. #17
    Lou Decruss Guest

    Default Re: Tamale Makers

    On Tue, 20 Apr 2010 18:58:34 -0600, Arri London <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >
    >
    >Lou Decruss wrote:


    >> >
    >> >See one here: http://www.texasrollingpins.com/tamalespreader.html
    >> >
    >> >The ebay listing says it takes years to spread masa properly. Not true
    >> >

    >>
    >> The demo got to me. We ordered one. I've never seen anything like
    >> it. Call me a sucker. <g>
    >>
    >> Lou

    >
    >Hey don't blame me for *your* caving in to crass materialism Could've
    >gone to any DIY and got one for less...probably.


    No blame! I'm glad you posted it. Thanks.

    Lou

  18. #18
    Lou Decruss Guest

    Default Re: Tamale Makers

    On Tue, 20 Apr 2010 20:25:34 -0700, Terry Pulliam Burd
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Tue, 20 Apr 2010 09:26:17 -0500, Lou Decruss
    ><[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>On Mon, 19 Apr 2010 17:10:43 -0600, Arri London <[email protected]>
    >>wrote:

    >
    ><snip>
    >
    >>>Locally (and elsewhere) a masa spreader is sold for spreading the masa
    >>>which looks remarkably like a tool sold in the DIY places for spreading
    >>>plaster, drywall mud or cement
    >>>
    >>>See one here: http://www.texasrollingpins.com/tamalespreader.html
    >>>
    >>>The ebay listing says it takes years to spread masa properly. Not true
    >>>

    >>
    >>The demo got to me. We ordered one. I've never seen anything like
    >>it. Call me a sucker. <g>

    >
    >Then call me a sucker, too. I've made tamales for years and the
    >absolute worst part is spreading the masa. I ordered one about 2
    >minutes after I saw the demo. Next cookin: tamales!


    I make them a couple times a year. I've never got it down to the
    point I can make them fast. I've got a friend who's a surgical nurse
    and his hands are amazing with these. I get all the stuff ready and
    we team up making them. He does 4-5 for every one I do. I sent him
    the link and I think he might order one too. So now his wife and
    Louise are planning a Cinco De Mayo tamale party. We're going to
    attempt Papas Rellenas also. He's Puerto Rican so we'll probably have
    to call them Relleno De Papa. I don't know what else we'll make but
    it will be fun.

    Lou

  19. #19
    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: Tamale Makers

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Terry Pulliam Burd <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Tue, 20 Apr 2010 09:26:17 -0500, Lou Decruss
    > <LouDecru[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > >On Mon, 19 Apr 2010 17:10:43 -0600, Arri London <[email protected]>
    > >wrote:

    >
    > <snip>
    >
    > >>Locally (and elsewhere) a masa spreader is sold for spreading the masa
    > >>which looks remarkably like a tool sold in the DIY places for spreading
    > >>plaster, drywall mud or cement
    > >>
    > >>See one here: http://www.texasrollingpins.com/tamalespreader.html
    > >>
    > >>The ebay listing says it takes years to spread masa properly. Not true
    > >>

    > >
    > >The demo got to me. We ordered one. I've never seen anything like
    > >it. Call me a sucker. <g>

    >
    > Then call me a sucker, too. I've made tamales for years and the
    > absolute worst part is spreading the masa. I ordered one about 2
    > minutes after I saw the demo. Next cookin: tamales!
    >
    > Terry "Squeaks" Pulliam Burd



    Cool, but wouldn't this work as well?
    http://www.hardwareworld.com/Red-Dev...r-pRNHCII.aspx

    I use my wider (4-5"?) Red Devil like a bench knife.

    --
    Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    http://web.me.com/barbschaller
    Updated 4-17-2010

  20. #20
    Dan Abel Guest

    Default Re: Tamale Makers

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Lou Decruss <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Tue, 20 Apr 2010 20:25:34 -0700, Terry Pulliam Burd
    > <[email protected]> wrote:


    > >Then call me a sucker, too. I've made tamales for years and the
    > >absolute worst part is spreading the masa. I ordered one about 2
    > >minutes after I saw the demo. Next cookin: tamales!

    >
    > I make them a couple times a year. I've never got it down to the
    > point I can make them fast. I've got a friend who's a surgical nurse
    > and his hands are amazing with these. I get all the stuff ready and
    > we team up making them. He does 4-5 for every one I do. I sent him
    > the link and I think he might order one too. So now his wife and
    > Louise are planning a Cinco De Mayo tamale party. We're going to
    > attempt Papas Rellenas also. He's Puerto Rican so we'll probably have
    > to call them Relleno De Papa. I don't know what else we'll make but
    > it will be fun.


    This is called a tamalada:

    http://www.rmpbs.org/content/index.c...gram/16814-608

    We went to one many years back. There were about a dozen people, and
    some worked all day. My wife and I were on the crew at the table
    spreading the masa on the husks. I believe we just used table knives.
    That worked well enough. Our daughter was a runner.

    --
    Dan Abel
    Petaluma, California USA
    [email protected]

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