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Feb 9, 2010 02:31 PM

ISO: File powder

I am looking for a gumbo thickener (made from ground sasafrass). Has anyone seen it in Toronto? Thanks a lot!

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  1. Zatarains makes a gumbo file powder. if you know of a store that carries thier products you could try there. if not there is a Canadian contact number 1-800-265-2600 where they could help you find it.

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    1. re: youdonut

      Three weeks ago I used a package of Zatarains Gumbo with Rice, and wanted to make it again but found out that it is no longer imported to Canada because of little demand. I guess not many people bought there gumbo mix here, probably becasue they never tried it.

    2. I believe Pasquale's used to carry it when they were located on King W. (in the space now occupied by The Chefs' House). They've relocated to Etobicoke. Try giving them a shout:

      Pusateri's carries some of the Zatarains product line, but I don't know that I've seen file powder there.

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      1. re: Tatai

        checking thier website i see that they do carry it, thanks for the info i will definately be checking them out.

        1. re: Tatai

          Thanks everyone, and happy Mardi Gras!

        2. I use a small box of okra, in the frozen vegetable section of any supermarket.
          I cook it down and put through a sieve, since there is always someone who objects to the texture. But it makes a good gumbo.

            1. You can find File powder at the St. Lawrence Market. I've bought File powder and other items many times. Unfortunately, I've never bothered to note the name of the shop (sorry!). The shop but is located in the basement, towards the east beyond Rube's. The shop carries international products, from spices, canned goods, oils, vinegars, pasta, etc.

              Also, have you tried Cajun Corner? Perhaps you can give them all call and ask?

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                1. re: TorontoJo

                  Ahh. No wonder no one mentioned it.

                2. re: DishyDiva

                  Okay, I visited the SLM this weekend and made note of the shop in the basement that sells file powder. The shop is called "Lively Life".

                  As another poster has mentioned, The Spice Trader on Queen St. W. also carries it.