As we were working hard at our Days for Girls Event, I kept smelling something wonderful. I finally went to investigate and happened on a room full of Terrace Heights Wonder Women. They were in the middle of making their last batch of tamales–they had been here since 7:00 this morning making them. They were taking a short break, waiting for the last batch of masa to be prepared.
While they waited, I took a look around and learned more than I’ve ever known about the process of making tamales. It was amazing! These Relief Society Sisters and Young Women started with about 400 pounds of masa and about 60 pounds of pork. The kitchen was busy all day. This is a Branch tradition that has been going for about 15 years!!Outside the Elders were helping to keep an eye on the large pots of tamales that were steaming. Each pot holds hundreds. This is the fund raiser for all the Terrace Heights Young Women who go to girls camp. They made 3,100 tamales today and raised $3,700! Here the YW are selling pre-ordered bags. A dozen tamales in each bag, sold for $15. Everything made had already been sold, and there was a wait list. Even the Priesthood leaders were helping. Here is the masa. They added salt, beef broth and baking powder.Then the girls dug in and mixed it well.Then the assembly line began, as women “filled” the corn husks.And each was counted and put into the pot at the other end.Here another pot of tamales was cooked and ready to bag.Presidente Juarez kept track of each pot, how many tamales were inside, and how long they were on the fire cooking.It really was an amazing thing to watch! And smell. AND EAT!! These women and girls are amazing!