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The tamale lady made me mad!

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Okay so I love tamales. I usually try to pick some up 1-2 times a year though cause I will want to eat all of them!

A few weeks ago my son seen someone selling tamales to the neighbour. I ran over to ask how much? $1 each. I asked for 4. I figured my hubby and I would test them out and if they were good we could buy more another time. I asked for all pork.

2 of them were pork and 2 were cheese! icon_eek.gif

Good thing it turned out hubby liked the cheese ones.

The next week I think I ordered about 15 and I laughed and I told the lady we wound up with half cheese last week and it was ok, my hubby did like it, but he wants 3 and please make sure the rest are pork though because I do NOT like cheese and I am also ordering some for the kids. She said they also have chicken and I told her no thanx to that. Just the pork.

We got the right order.

Next week my son stops by her house and he asked her if we can have 18 pork and 5 cheese. He brings them home and the pork ones were all chicken!! From what I understand her and her sister do this. She does the chicken and cheese and her sister brings the pork ones and they go sell.

She doesn't get any money from the pork ones. So of course it would be in her best interest to sell the chicken. The kids and I are hungry anyways so we start eating some of them.

1. There is no way to tell what kind of meat it is til you open it.

We ate some but I was really disappointed with the chicken ones. Hardly any meat and we eat chicken all the time at home but rarely ever pork. The seasonings were different too.

So the other 5 were NOT opened yet so I sent my son to take those back and remind her that we ordered PORK, not chicken! Yes of course he would let her know politely.

I guess she got mad and said how do you know these are chicken and not pork?!? icon_confused.gif Hunh?

SO she gave him some pork ones.

The next week I sent my son over to buy 23/$23.00. He calls me up and says that she raised the prices to $1.25 and that we would need $26 to get 24 of them.

Well first of all I didn't want 24, I wanted 23 and second of all that would be $1.083 , not $1.25 by my calculations!

I asked him is she just charging more for the cheese ones? Not that that would work out mathematically either. icon_confused.gif

SO he puts her on the phone. Of course she has a spanish accent and is hard to understand but she sounded angry.

She said the tamales are now $1.25 and she needs $26. I told her I understand, my son doesn't have that much cash on him. He only has $23 on him so please give him whatever you can for that amount and thank you, thank you, thank you.

I have always been very polite to her and told her that their tamales are the best and they do a great job on them.

Maybe I shouldn't of. Because now the price is higher. She wound up sending him home with 20 tamales for $23.00. That is $1.15 by my calculations. I thought they were all supposed to be $1.25 now?

I guess she told my son that food is costing more now.

Now I sell my baked goods so I do understand food going up. But guess what? It has been going up ALL YEAR LONG!

We are fairly new customers so I do think it is too soon for a price increase.

When I started doing this a few months ago I marked everything up high enough so that I wouldn't have to change the prices for a LONG TIME. Last week at my costco the price of real butter went up by .70 cents a lb! I am not going to pass this on to my customers.

People get used to $2 for a small box of cookies and they don't want you showing up saying it's $2.25 now or they get 5 cookies instead of 6. Not after just a few months of buying and surely not after a month of buying.

I don't know how long she has been doing this or selling them for $1. I know eventually people have to raise their prices.

But you know when you need to and the perfect time would have been when we first started buying to tell us upfront, these are $1.25 each. We got a few new customers last weekend and that would of been a perfect time to tell them our cookies are $2.25 a box. Not let them buy for a month and then spring it on them.

It's not just the money, it is everything combined.

1.) First, are they now $1.15 or $1.25? How much are they going to be next week? icon_twisted.gif

2.) I am of the train of thought that if you don't like how someone does something, then do it yourself. If you don't like how much someone charges, then make it yourself. icon_lol.gif

3.) Am I going to get what I ordered? Or am I going to wind up with chicken AGAIN! That is 3 times out of 4 that we didn't get what we asked for. icon_mad.gif

4.) When my son asks, she says they will be ready on Tuesday, we are all waiting, then that evening she tells him, no Wed. Maybe. Cross your fingers. icon_confused.gif

5.) She seemed rude on the phone.

Yes I am extremely annoyed. So Sunday I decided we would make our own tamales! I cook alot from scratch anyways but never this.

I picked up corn husk and chile and pork and already prepped masa. (I think next week I will mix my own masa).

My 15 y.o dd said she wanted to make them. SO I found a few online tutorials for her and said have at it. We don't have a tamale pot, might just have to get one. We used the turkey roaster oven, set the brackets up in there and places a wet towel over the lid to "steam them".

It takes 4- 5 hours that way but hey, last night at midnight we had tamales!

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They were actually good too. A little bit dry. I think I am going to get that tamale pot. She is going to steam some more today so I will post pics then.
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post #3 of 123
Dang, I'm envious that you can even get fresh tamales!
I'm from Austin and used to live right down the road from Rosies Tamales, a converted 7-11 building where the best tamales in the world come from! You can buy them in the grocery stores there, at least you could when I was there.

Now I'm a few hours north and no more Rosie's for me... icon_cry.gif

Just wanted to chime in w/ a fellow tamale fan - I feel your pain, but at least you get to enjoy fresh tamales if you can just get past her crazy business practices!
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post #4 of 123
Sounds like she gave you a deal. I can't see what the problem here is.
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Bean tamales are really good too. You wouldn't think they'd be good, but they are!

We've got ladies around here who go door to door to the businesses selling their tamales. I've always wondered about food safety issues and all that...but I've never died from eating their tamales.

Just curious, what part of the pig did you use for the tamales? I had a boyfriend in high school whose mom made tamales (and everything else...I think I had a bigger crush on the mom than the guy icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif ) and she made her tamales out of a pig's head. The first time I ever carried one in for her I had to peek in the bag and see what was so heavy and I almost peed my pants when I saw a big frozen snout and an icy pink tongue sticking out!!!
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There is no place near me to get tamales other than the nasty ones in jars. So, I make my own. My daughter and her family prefer beef, but I sneak and make pork ones every so often. They don't dare complain about free tamales! icon_lol.gif
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That is just a crazy story but I do wish i could get tamles every week. The place I get them from is a group of church ladies and they make them every couple of months. They usually only take orders at offices but my friends mom works at the office she goes to so she orders them for us. Im almost positive I pay $14 a dz but I do always get my order right. Im sorry that she keeps messing your up.

BTW since you are making them now you should try chile verde tamales. I always order these from the tamale lady and they are sooo sooo good. Good luck on the next batch.

I dont have a tamale pot so I use a big pasta out and I get a stainer and turn it upside down and place a kitchen towel over it. then cover the tamales with another towel then the lid. They usually take abot 2 hours.
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Where are you from? I live in Sonoma, CA, and we have a very large Mexican community. We can get tamales at multiple locations - there are taco trucks everywhere, and we have a "Little Mexico" part of town... plus, a TON of my friends are Hispanic & make such good food! Hopefully you can just find someone else who's more pleasant to work with! All of our "suppliers" are SO nice & extra-accomodating.
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Originally Posted by Lady_Phoenix

There is no place near me to get tamales other than the nasty ones in jars. So, I make my own. My daughter and her family prefer beef, but I sneak and make pork ones every so often. They don't dare complain about free tamales! icon_lol.gif



In a jar? icon_eek.gif
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Yep we get the ones in a jar or can. Hormel, I think, is the canned brand. They're pretty good, but since I've never had a real, homemade tamale, I'm sure I don't know what a GOOD tamale is icon_biggrin.gif I'd be willing to give it a try, though! I love Mexican food! The hotter the better icon_wink.gif
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Originally Posted by Tootall

Yep we get the ones in a jar or can. Hormel, I think, is the canned brand. They're pretty good, but since I've never had a real, homemade tamale, I'm sure I don't know what a GOOD tamale is icon_biggrin.gif I'd be willing to give it a try, though! I love Mexican food! The hotter the better icon_wink.gif



Do you have a Costco nearby? I think they sell some there. The one where I live sells them and they are homade looking because they come in the husk
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Is that the store that's similar to Sam's? I think we do have one, but it's about 30 minutes from the house, and we don't have a membership. But maybe I can find someone who DOES to get me some icon_biggrin.gif Of course, I may be thinking of the wrong store icon_rolleyes.gif
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post #13 of 123
What are they, please?? icon_redface.gif

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post #14 of 123
We've always made our own--Mexican Mom and all. We still grind the green corn by hand-that alone is such a tough job!! If I do pork or beef tamales I always get the fresh masa and then doctor it up. It really is a labour of love because it takes all day.

I've also done tamales in the banana leaves and those are pretty good too.
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Originally Posted by Relznik

What are they, please?? icon_redface.gif

Suzanne x



heres a link

http://mexicanfood.about.com/od/deliciousmaindishes/a/Tamales.htm

basically a cornhusk spread with a corn mixture(masa) filled with meat and chili sauce then steamed
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