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Ancho Chile and Chile de Arbol Powder

bakerboyz Jun 4, 2008 09:57 AM

Could anyone tell me where I might find these chile powders in the Needham, Newton, Wellesley areas? Whole Foods, Sudbury Farms, Trader Joes?

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    dmennenoh Jun 5, 2008 12:13 PM

    I'd recommend Da Gift Basket if you want to go mail order (http://www.dagiftbasket.com
    )They have great product, and ship quickly. I get chipotle powder there. You'll definitely get better quality doing it yourself though. Toss em in a food dehydrator for a day, and then use a coffee grinder to powder them.

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      tdaaa Jun 5, 2008 09:50 AM

      I have bought both whole ancho chiles and ancho chile powder (McCormicks) at my local Shaws market. The ancho chile powder was dissapointing - lacked the deep, rich smokiness of the whole chiles. Although they are not very spicy, ancho chiles have a really great depth of flavor that makes them perfect ingredients for chilis, stews, braised meats, etc.

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        BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jun 5, 2008 10:04 AM

        Well, McCormick's. How many years you reckon that bottle of ancho chile powder has been sitting on the shelf? Of course it'll taste pallid.

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          bakerboyz Jun 5, 2008 12:09 PM

          based on the replies, perhaps I should just buy the whole chiles and grind them up...Whole Foods probably should carry the whole chiles, no?

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          macadamianut Jun 4, 2008 01:47 PM

          I just bought some this past weekend at Christina's spice shop in Cambridge. It's next to the east Coast Grille. I usually go to ESG for brunch and afterwards to Christina's. It's the best spice shop and they carry the most interesting stuff. There is a display in front of the cash register that has all of the chilies. Check out all of the cool salts and the confectionary ingredients like mandarin orange sugar.

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            pomodori pelati Jun 4, 2008 12:08 PM

            If you're willing to travel to JP, the Stop & Shop on Centre St has them.

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              9lives Jun 4, 2008 11:33 AM

              Many Latin markets (and Super 88) should carry the whole peppers. I like to buy it that way and use a spice grinder to make the powder.

              Not really familiar with the areas you mention and can't offer specifics.

              1. almansa Jun 4, 2008 11:29 AM

                Whole Foods should have both - they do in Woburn.

                1. TomH Jun 4, 2008 10:52 AM

                  As the other poster said, Penzey's should have both at either the retail store in Arlington or via mail order.


                  I have also purchased both of these at Christina's Spice in Cambridge. I realize these are both a little out of your range.

                  Christina's Spice & Spec Foods
                  1255 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

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                    jgg13 Jun 4, 2008 12:28 PM

                    And if one is going the mail order route, I often prefer thespicehouse.com to penzeys (they're the same family so a lot of things are nearly, if not completely identical - but its worth poking at both).

                    I'm sure that Christina's would have it.

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                    pemma Jun 4, 2008 10:45 AM

                    Not in those towns, but in Arlington and via mail order -- Penzey's Spices definitely has the Ancho chile powder. Don't know about the other.

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