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Hatch Chile Roasting 2010

I just spoke to the produce manager at Albertsons, and he said August 28th starting at 6 am, the Hatch chile sacks (xx hot ) will go on sale for $32.99 per sack including roasting. The sacks are a bushel or around 30 lbs. If you have any questions please call the produce manager. If you're in a different area, call your local Albertsons market; and ask for the produce manager. Ask if they will be carrying the NM green chiles sacks, and the details. You might want to print this out or copy the information to your calendar. If i have any updates on other locations, I'll post ASAP.

Albertsons Market
855 Wilcox Ave.
Montebello, CA 90640
(323) 724-0462

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    1. Hatch Chiles??? I don't think I've ever heard of them and I thought I knew most chiles. What dish(es) do you use them in and how do they compare with serrano or habanero chiles?

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      1. re: mucho gordo

        Hatch Chilies look like Anahiem Chilies. But they have MUCH more Flavor & if you wish Heat. The Green ones are picked while still Green. The Dried red ones are alowed to fully ripen then picked and dried. Chopped and added to whatever they make the BEST Chile Verde. Or Diced and chopped added to a Good Cheese Burger.

        1. re: Skunk2Racer

          It sounds like something I would enjoy using in my chili and pork burritos. Is their heat between a serrano and Habanero? I like serrano because they stay crisp when cooked. I'll look for them in the market this weekend. Thanks for the info

          1. re: mucho gordo

            just to clarify--it's not a variety of chile. hatch is the town in new mexico in which these are grown, and supposedly the soil and climate in hatch is differnt, and better for the chiles than that of surrounding areas.

            1. re: chez cherie

              The heat variant is caused by how much water is given to the chili plant. Oddly the more water the hotter the chili. Yes Hatch NM is know as the chili capital of the World. Trully great chilis.

      2. Thanks Richoso!! I was just talking to someone about how we would share a bushel... now if I could only remember who the hell that was! ;-) Thanks again!!

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        1. re: WildSwede

          I have a different memory problem. A couple of years ago, instead of buying a bushel sack of Hatch chiles, I was able to purchase a small bag of reasonable size. Unfortunately, I can't remember where, but it was probably either Bristol Farms or Whole Foods. Does anyone recall a store selling in small quantities?

          1. re: hnsbmg

            As HC mentions below, Bristol Farms does sell them in small quantity, but at a much higher price per pound. Still worth it, if you're not up for buying a whole box. Not sure if they get them in prior to the event days or not though.

            1. re: wutzizname

              Thanks, wutz, I didn't see that one for some reason.

        2. I will have to quickly use up the ones we still have frozen from last year before I buy another bushel.

          1. Fresh New Mexico GREEN CHILE from El Rey Farms HATCH, NEW MEXICO
            The Chile comes in 38 pound sacks, delivered to La Puente, Ca.
            The pickup dates for 2010 are:
            1st Load Saturday August 14th - 2010
            2nd Load Saturday August 21st - 2010
            3rd Load Saturday August 28th - 2010
            4th Load Saturday September 11th - 2010
            5th Load Saturday September 18th - 2010The 5th Load is always depending on Mother Nature.
            To Inquire or place an order please call(562) 946-8040 or (562) 946-9423
            Monday thru Friday 10:00am PST - 6:00 pm PST* Saturday and Sunday 9:00am PST - 4:00 pm PST* *After Hours Messaging Available *Ordering Hours will be adjusted as Season Progresses
            Quantities on each load are limited... Call ASAP to schedule your pick up date, time & type

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            1. re: richoso12

              Bristol Farms Dates:

              August 21, 2010
              South Pasadena, Long Beach, Beverly West 7:00am - 3:00pm

              August 28, 2010
              Manhattan Beach, La Jolla 7:00am - 3:00pm

              September 4, 2010
              Rolling Hills, Westchester, Newport Beach 7:00am - 3:00pm

              1. re: richoso12

                I've already got my order in for the 14th. i've never tried the grocery store thing, but I've heard the albertson's line is hellacious. this is nice since you've got a reserved order, plus for an extra fee, they'll roast them right there for you.

                can't wait! my personal fav uses are salsa's, enchilidas, and in brasing liquids for short ribs. this year, i'm going to also use my aunt's recipe for infused vodka for bloody's. jeez, i really can't wait...

                1. re: richoso12

                  Just got my El Rey Farms flyer. Note that they charge $13 per sack for roasting (!?!). Base prices start at $36.50 per sack, slight more for hotter or special varieties, less for > 4 sacks :-). For small qty rates start at $1.60/lb, subject to availability.

                  The lines at Bristol Farms in MB last year were non-existent in the PM. Too bad their remaining 'selection' was just medium hot (but tasty) Sandias; still the fussy yuppie locals there whined that they were too spicy. They don't state prices or varieties on the website, but IIRC the bin price was $1.99/lb, par for BF and slightly more than Anaheims elsewhere.

                  Perhaps I'll brave the Albertsons 8/7 Reseda event first. Anyone wanting to share a sack, email me (hope the blog address still works :-).

                  According to last years post, a roasted sack of chiles takes up about 2 cu ft. - vital to know if you have a small freezer like me.

                  1. re: DiveFan

                    I bough a 28 pound box of the hot hatch chiles at Bristol Farms for $35 last year and they roasted them for free. Pretty good deal since it was only a few blocks from my house. But you are right, unless you are willing to buy a full box, BF charges $2 per pound.

                    I used the last bag of the frozen '09 chiles this week. Just in time.

                  2. re: richoso12

                    Thanks, Richoso. I have my sack on order and will be picking them up with my friend on 9/11. The earlier dates were already booked. Can't wait!! ;-)

                    1. re: richoso12

                      I ordered 2 sacks of hot green chiles, what I received was mild chiles - and 1/2 the bag was red or turning red. Needless to say, I'll be bringing my chiles in myself next year. Very disappointing...