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Feb 23, 2007 12:56 PM

Fresh chorizo?

Anyone ever seen fresh chorizo (uncooked) in Cobble Hill or Carroll Gardens area? Already tried Garden of Eden, Staublitz and local Met with no luck. Does it even exist? Thanks!

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  1. It depends by what you mean by chorizo

    If you mean the Iberian peninsula version, then try Sahadi's in the baskets in front of the cheese cases. These are cured and not "cooked"

    1. Chorizo is most commopnly found as the cured chorizo. Curing is the "cook" mode past "raw". However, there ~is~ RAW chorizo. Just to clarify.

      Never seen it round these parts.

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      1. re: Larry Brooks

        you can get the mexican style of soft fresh chorizo in hispanic groceries, if that is what you mean - in brooklyn you can find it, probably, at such places as Compare and El Faro on Fifth Ave (El Faro has some new banners now, Plaza Matamoros and Associated - anyone been in there in recent weeks?

        1. re: jen kalb

          Upon closer examination of recipe, Mexican style is indeed called for. I'll check El Faro tomorrow. Thanks for the help!

      2. Did you try Paisanos on Smith? They have more sausage than Staubitz for sure. Plus they have different kinds of chorizo too, like Columbian chorizo.

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        1. re: Larry Brooks

          I constantly forget Paisanos. Thanks for the reminder!

          1. re: Larry Brooks

            the columbian chorizo can be good. El Faro has had them too, sometimes. The mexican ones are soft, crumbly and vinegary, good for sauteeing, but they arent chunky or smoked. mostly the ones Ive seen have been from Chicago. .

          2. I kind of just posted elsewhere on this topic, but out here in California what are often sold as 'spanish chorizo are (IMO) nothing but a poor imitation of the real thing. The only decent chorizo I ever come across is imported from Spain, the flavours are so much more pronounced in those kind.

            Deli's often sell Spanish and Mexican chorizo I could buy one of each and struggle to see a difference - both are not that good!

            1. There's a great little Mexican market in Kensington on E3rd St just above Church Ave. They sell fresh chorizo, plus all manner of Mexican cheese, chilis, etc. They also make some nice $2 tacos.
              Paisanos carries several types of chorizo but if memory serves, none fresh.

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              1. re: HankyT

                Actually on East 2nd Street, across from Carvel.

                1. re: Mike R.

                  Right you are. E3rd st is Jobby Liquors. Love the name. Almost as good as STD Liquors across McDonald Ave.

                  1. re: HankyT

                    Almost as good? what sense? STD's $5.00 wine bin has been known for excellent value. Jobby is the kinda place you'd buy your Ripple, Gypsy Rose and Swiss-Up if this were 1970.

                    1. re: Mike R.

                      I was referring to their names only. Sorry for the confusion.
                      (Swiss Up? Never heard of that one.)

                      1. re: HankyT

                        That was Italian Swiss Colony's Bowery bum wine...came in a bottle you'd more likely find on your corner barbershop's shelf filled with hair tonic. It was syrupy thick and sweet, fortified swill.

                2. re: HankyT

                  Los Paisanos sells several kinds of chorizo, and only the Spanish and Portuguese ones are cured/cooked - they definitely have a variety or two that need to be cooked before eaten.