The Making of 3,100 TAMALES in Terrace Heights!! Young Women Fund Raiser for Camp

2017-3-11 Terrace Heights YW Tamale Making (2)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!!2017-3-11 Terrace Heights YW Tamale Making (4)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!  2017-3-11 Terrace Heights YW Tamale Making (5)2017-3-11 Terrace Heights YW Tamale Making (6)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.  2017-3-11 Terrace Heights YW Tamale Making (7)Even the Priesthood leaders were helping.  2017-3-11 Terrace Heights YW Tamale Making (8)2017-3-11 Terrace Heights YW Tamale Making (9)Here is the masa.  They added salt, beef broth and baking powder.2017-3-11 Terrace Heights YW Tamale Making (11)2017-3-11 Terrace Heights YW Tamale Making (12)Then the girls dug in and mixed it well.2017-3-11 Terrace Heights YW Tamale Making (13)2017-3-11 Terrace Heights YW Tamale Making (15)2017-3-11 Terrace Heights YW Tamale Making (17)Then the assembly line began, as women “filled” the corn husks.2017-3-11 Terrace Heights YW Tamale Making (19)2017-3-11 Terrace Heights YW Tamale Making (20)2017-3-11 Terrace Heights YW Tamale Making (21)2017-3-11 Terrace Heights YW Tamale Making (22)And each was counted and put into the pot at the other end.2017-3-11 Terrace Heights YW Tamale Making (24)2017-3-11 Terrace Heights YW Tamale Making (25)2017-3-11 Terrace Heights YW Tamale Making (26)2017-3-11 Terrace Heights YW Tamale Making (27)2017-3-11 Terrace Heights YW Tamale Making (28)2017-3-11 Terrace Heights YW Tamale Making (29)2017-3-11 Terrace Heights YW Tamale Making (30)2017-3-11 Terrace Heights YW Tamale Making (31)Here another pot of tamales was cooked and ready to bag.2017-3-11 Terrace Heights YW Tamale Making (32)2017-3-11 Terrace Heights YW Tamale Making (33)2017-3-11 Terrace Heights YW Tamale Making (34)2017-3-11 Terrace Heights YW Tamale Making (35)2017-3-11 Terrace Heights YW Tamale Making (36)2017-3-11 Terrace Heights YW Tamale Making (37)2017-3-11 Terrace Heights YW Tamale Making (39)2017-3-11 Terrace Heights YW Tamale Making (40)Presidente Juarez kept track of each pot, how many tamales were inside, and how long they were on the fire cooking.2017-3-11 Terrace Heights YW Tamale Making (41)It really was an amazing thing to watch!  And smell.  AND EAT!!  These women and girls are amazing!2017-3-11 Terrace Heights YW Tamale Making (42)2017-3-11 Terrace Heights YW Tamale Making (43)

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I am member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I am currently serving as a Missionary in the Washington Yakima Mission. Welcome to my personal blog, Ann's Words, and my Mission blog, Our Yakima Mission. If you are interested in family history stories and histories, you can find those posted in Ann's Stories. Thanks for looking in!
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