IMUSA and Muy Bueno Making Tamales

IMUSA is one of the oldest and most recognized names in Hispanic kitchenware. As a culture, Hispanics universally share a strong commitment to family and when we first spoke to the team over at IMUSA we admired that they share this same culture.

One of IMUSA’s goals is to optimize their tamale steamer designs for 2012 and 2013 and contacted us to partner with them. Their products are authentic and tested by the best cooks in the world. So when they contacted us we were honored to say the least. We agreed to the challenge and after weeks of testing we gave them our feedback on their tamale steamers. We tested several tamale steamers to find the perfect size for the best value, and the best cooking performance.

This monumental task was just that, monumental, but a challenge we were thrilled to take on. One thing we knew for sure is that this challenge would require us to head home and work with mom, the tamale queen. Other than our grandma no one, I mean no one, makes tamales like mom does. We tested each of the IMUSA steamers with non other than our delicioso tamale recipes.

Mom prepped everything for days, which turned into weeks. Before our arrival, mom even had a couple cousin’s assist with the tamale assembly (Gracias Georgina and Naomi). Making tamales takes time and is always more enjoyable with company. The best kept secret to making tamales is the time women get to spend together while filling each little husk with masa and filling.

Once my sister and I arrived to El Paso the tamale assembly, and cooking continued. This trip was a lot of work but extremely rewarding. We took advantage of our girl time together without husbands and children. It was just the three of us, en la cocina, cooking, laughing, and sharing stories about our kids and our daily lives with mom. A whirlwind of a weekend we will remember fondly.

After steaming hundreds, yes you heard that right, hundreds of tamales I felt like a tamal. The smell was in my nostrils for days (in a good way). We made red chile pork tamales, green chile pork tamales, tamales filled with rajas con queso, and for the first time I made chicken tamales with rajas con queso. Yup, we made each and every beautifully wrapped tamal from scratch and steamed it to perfection. At this point I can make them in my sleep.

Most importantly we are honored that IMUSA called on us to do the testing. As with every project, Mom, Yvette, and I worked together in our kitchen testing the pros and cons for each steamer. Thank you IMUSA for trusting us to give you our feedback. We can truly say we LOVE your steamers and the cobalt blue one, with a glass lid and black heat resistant handles is our steamer favorito.

All the IMUSA steamers are heavy-duty units and not limited to just tamale making. These steamers work wonderfully to steam seafood and vegetables too. I have a great seafood boil recipe I can’t wait to try.

You can find IMUSA tamale steamers at Target.com and Walmart.com. Go to IMUSA.com to find a variety of other Hispanic cookware.

Note: IMUSA was generous enough to fund this entire project, so a big virtual abrazo goes out to them. All comments about the quality of their products are truly our own. 

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11 Responses to “IMUSA and Muy Bueno Making Tamales”

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    MaryZ — October 3, 2011 @ 10:42 pm

    Hi…Christmas is around the corner…I need a new tamale steamer…on my to do list…tomorrow a day off..hopefully target has them in stock…thanks for the info…

    • muybuenocookbook replied: — October 4th, 2011 @ 7:50 am

      Good luck Mary! I also saw some at JCP. Have fun making tamales!

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    Lea Ann — October 4, 2011 @ 6:27 am

    Man would I love to taste one of your tamales. :)

    • muybuenocookbook replied: — October 4th, 2011 @ 7:51 am

      I wish I had some frozen for you Lea Ann, but I’ve been naughty and ate them ALL!

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    Jennetta — October 4, 2011 @ 7:11 am

    If those were the ones you had at your house, they sure were yummy!!! I didn’t know there was special cookware for tamales! Awesome!

    • Muy Bueno Cookbook replied: — October 7th, 2011 @ 3:06 pm

      Thanks Jennetta, glad you liked ‘em. I was great seeing you. The steamers are awesome for lots of other steaming needs. I can’t wait to try a great seafood boil I had while in Savannah a couple of years ago.

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    Rachel — October 4, 2011 @ 2:36 pm

    Even though I got to enjoy some the yummy tamales u girls cooked that week-end.. just reading your article makes me crave more. We’ve started a tradition here in California where I cook tamales with friends. I might just have to get one of these little steamer pots.

    • muybuenocookbook replied: — October 4th, 2011 @ 9:21 pm

      WOW! I never knew you did that Rachel! Thats makes me so happy to hear that you are sharing this tradition with your California amigas! I think you just gave me a wonderful gift idea for my dear comadre ;)

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    The tamale queen. I love it, your mom’s the best!! That’s what I love about being en la cocina, family.

    ps. Congrats on the Cook book, well deserved mi amigas!!
    Please tell your sis that I hope her move to Germany is amazing!!

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    muybuenocookbook — October 7, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

    Thank you so much Vianney! We are very excited about the new adventures ahead of us.

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