Make sure tamales are not touching the water as they cook. To avoid burning bottom of tamalera or pot, add several coins to the water. Coins will rattle throughout the cooking time. If rattling stops, you need to add more water to the pot.
How to Secure Tamales
Use additional corn husk to tie around tamales to secure. Cut additional husk into 1/2-inch wide strips. Use 1 strip to tie around folded end of each tamale before cooking as directed.