How to Soak Corn Husks
Soak corn husks in hot water at least 30 min. or up to 24 hours. Let any leftover soaked corn husks dry out, then store in cool dry place for another use.
How to Know if Masa Dough is Ready to Cook
Drop 1/2 tsp. of masa dough into glass of water. If dough floats to surface, it is beaten to the right consistency.
If you don't have a tamalera, stand tamales in a steamer basket in large saucepan or saucepot filled one-fourth full with water. (Make sure tamales are not in the water.) Bring water to boil; cover. Steam 1 hour or until fillings pull away from husks, adding more water to saucepan as needed.