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ancho chili powder

eddy May 23, 2010 02:13 PM

Anybody know where to get this outside of Kensington Market? Thx in advance

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    JDeQ RE: eddy May 23, 2010 02:38 PM

    you can get this in the spice section of Loblaws, Longs, metro - most large grocery stores.

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      Katzen RE: eddy May 24, 2010 03:29 PM

      I buy any hot spices at chilly chilies - http://www.chillychiles.com/ - they're in Ottawa, but you can order online, and their products are fantastic. Shipping is fast, and their selection is awesome. They have regular and dark ancho powder, $5.95 and $6.50 for 100g respectively.


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        Kagemusha RE: Katzen May 24, 2010 04:57 PM

        I'd shop US-based sources. Chilly's is very pricey and not always the freshest. Go for whole chiles. Ground has a far shorter shelf life than whole. Besides, who knows what you're getting? Packaged chile powder here is usually mixed and highly variable in terms of heat and flavor, like pre-mixed curry powder.

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          voyager_663rd RE: Katzen May 4, 2012 06:49 AM

          For what it's worth, Chilly chilies is closed (it says to be re-opened soon but who knows?).

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          Dflip RE: eddy Aug 3, 2010 12:54 PM

          Lively Life Fine Food in the lower level of the St. Lawrence Market. They also have bags of dry peppers. http://www.stlawrencemarket.com/shopp... They are a section north of the main stairwell.

          St. Lawrence Market
          92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

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            wontonfm RE: eddy Aug 3, 2010 04:17 PM

            Whole Foods should have it. Likely not for the best price but they have it.


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              ebay3392 RE: eddy Aug 3, 2010 08:06 PM

              I got mine at Sobeys once.

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                1sweetpea RE: ebay3392 Aug 5, 2010 12:47 AM

                I'd suggest buying ancho chiles whole and grinding them in a spice grinder as you need them. This will help preserve freshness. I just bought both whole anchos and ancho powder from Chilly Chiles, along with several other chile types. I haven't tried any of it yet, but I'll taste my ancho powder and report back as to freshness.

              2. BusterRhino RE: eddy May 4, 2012 04:35 PM

                Never buy powered anything unless you plan to use it all within a year - really 8 - 10 months is more optimum - and best is ground as needed. All my peppers at home are whole, same as cinnamon and nutmeg. All these products can last 2 years if not ground.

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                  Kagemusha RE: BusterRhino May 5, 2012 06:40 AM

                  That's a stretch. Whole dried chiles, while not perishable, do loose their flavor but sometimes gain heat with age--not always a good thing. Most of what's sold dried around the GTA is often on the far side of fresh.

                2. Breadcrumbs RE: eddy May 4, 2012 06:45 PM

                  If you have your heart set on powdered then I would highly recommend Native Seeds from whom you can mail order (they are in Tucson). I discovered them years ago on a visit to Arizona and have ordered from them (and I live in the Toronto area) ever since. I have such admiration for their commitment to the heirloom seed movement and quality products. Their whole chilis are exceptional too. I placed a large order for our Cinco de Mayo party. Here's a link:


                  Even if you're not ordering, their website is an amazing source of information about seeds and chilis.

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