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Monday, September 9, 2013

Corn Husk Serving Bowls

These are great for salsas and you will need several for that big taco party!

If you are like me, I am always looking for fun or creative ways to serve salsas, nuts, olives, or spreads. These little bowls or 'boats' are easy to make, safe for food and disposable! What better combination is there for a serving dish?

The only thing you need to buy is a package of dried corn husks. Find them in the Mexican food area of your grocery store. You can also use fresh corn husks in the summer. Admit it, you thought they were only good for tamales!!!

If you have never handled dried corn husks, spread the package contents on the counter. Throw away any husks that are moldy. A little mold on the outside is ok*. Now, they will need to be cleaned before you use them. In a large pan, bring a few quarts or liters of water to a boil. Place the husks in the boiling water and simmer them for 5 minutes. Dunk them in the boiling water with a wooden spoon so you don't put holes in them. Allow them to sit for 10-15 minutes in the hot water. (*notice that any small amount of mold you had is gone)

Remove them from the hot water and allow to drain. Rinse each husk under running water while rubbing gently with your hands to remove any dirt that might still be attached. Separate the thinnest husk to make the ties, tearing off a long strip about the thickness of a shoestring, and keep them damp.

Take one of the clean, damp husks and gather the narrow end together. Wrap one of your ties 2 times around the gathered end and then tie the tie into a tight knot. Repeat with the wider end of the husk and tie. Place the newly formed 'bowl' on a counter or tray to dry. Repeat until you have enough bowls for the occasion.

Allow the husks you did not use to dry thoroughly and store in a plastic bag.

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