Today Travis and I made tamales, using meat harvested by Travis at the ranch.
We started by grinding venison and boar meat together in the brand new grinder we received for Christmas. This machine is a beast! It works much better and much faster than the KitchenAid attachment we used last time. While these are mostly venison tamales, we added some boar to add a little bit of fat. Otherwise, it would have been much too lean!
Then, we seasoned the meat and set up our assembly line. Once everything was ready, we started to assemble the tamales. First, the masa goes in a corn husk, then the meat. You close one end and roll it up, and start a new one.
Honestly, making tamales takes for ever! I can understand why traditionally families get together to make them. The more hands, the better! To top things off, we were pretty bad at making our tamales uniform in size. On the upside though, we now have lots of tamales in the freezer, and we are proud of the fruit of our labor. They taste delicious!