Source for dried, ready-to-cook posole?
I'm trying to make Deborah Madison's pozole recipe in "Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone." It calls for dried posole that has already been treated with cal (lime, or wood ashes) and hulled.
At the mexican markets I've been to, they have only dried unhulled corn, or canned hominy, which has an unpleasant texture and weak flavor.
They did have a Peruvian product called "mote pelado" that looks like it might be what I need, but when I asked they said they weren't sure it could be used for pozole: http://store.amigofoods.com/motepelado.html
What I'm looking for is something like what Rancho Gordo sells: http://ranchogordo.com/html/v_corn.htm
Anyone know if such a product is available in Oakland/Berkeley?
$4.59 for 15 oz of "mote pelado"? Insanely expensive! Surely there must be Mexican food stores, in Mexican neighborhoods, where maíz pozolero is available. Ever get to San José? Many people from our area of Michoacán migrated to the South Bay Area. They know about pozole, for sure. Do a Google Maps search for "Mexican Grocers".
If you can get your hands on the Gordo product, all the better, their pozole is very nice.
Since you want to stay in the East Bay why not check out Whole Foods? I think they are carrying a line on New Mexico products, including red and white pozole.
They come in bags like spices sometimes do, and are usually next to the dried mushrooms. I haven't actually tried this product, but it looks interesting.
A word of caution, where ever you do buy it from, try to make sure they have a good turnover on their posole. When I lived in Oakland I bought some once at a Mom and Pop place out on San Pablo (now defunct, and I think I know why) and ending up with a terrible weevil problem, which took me weeks to figure out. It was definitely the bag of posole I had gotten -yikes!
Have you tried La Borinquena in Oakland? Not as fancy as Rancho Gordo but a best bet.
La Borinquena Mex-icatessen
582 7th Street
Oakland, CA 94607
Closed Sunday and Monday
Tue-Thu 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Fri-Sat 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Drop Rancho Gordo an email and ask if he sells anywhere in the East Bay. The email address is at the bottom of the page. They have always been very responsive when I have a question.
The Boriquena website makes it seem like they have ready-to-cook, nixtamalized (hulled) corn, but when I called they said that the dried posole they sell still needs to be slaked and cleaned -- just like what is available in Mexican restaurants. Looks like I may have to make it over to the Ferry Building and stock up at Rancho Gordo.