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Aug 13, 2010 11:02 AM

Fresh roasted Hatch NM chiles!!

Was at the Giant at Westbard/Ridgefield (Bethesda) today and they have hatch chiles AND the best part... a chile roaster! They were just setting it up when I was there, but they will be there until 6 tonight and the next 3 weekends. Not sure if other Giants are also doing it

When I lived in NM, we'd buy it by the bushel, roast them, take them home and peel them, cut and freeze into little pouches. Green chile goodness all winter!

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  1. Awesome! Wife was in Santa Fe 2 weeks ago and the weren't out yet...

    1. That's enough to make me drive down to Bethesda!

      1. As I was leaving the Giant in Falls Church City last evening, there was a sign on the door with a schedule of when they too would be chili roasting. I cant tell you the dates because I was being accosted by the charity of the day just outside their door. I like to pick my own charities, thanks.

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        1. re: MsDiPesto

          We were very rudely approached by charity hacks the previous weekend at the Giant in Clarksville, MD.
          Fairly young kids / teenagers right up in your face within 4 feet of the door. I'd like to know why the heck Giant allows this?

        2. Did you get any sense of if it is Fri , Sat and Sun? Or Fri only? And what time were you there that they were just setting up? I assume it is a third-party that is doing it, not Giant?


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          1. re: Pappy

            Pappy, I got the sense there were three weekends involved, and whether there were 3 diff locations, I was unable to loiter there to take note (wish they'd put it somewhere other than the inside of the "out" door). I do know the first dates were this past weekend, the 14 and 15th, with the next two weekends possibly being repeat dates.

          2. A simple phone call to Giant on Westbard Ave.: Yes, they will be roasting Hatch chiles on demand on Saturday and Sunday. However, they are roasting throughout the week, and are packaging and refrigerating them. The lady in Produce said they have some available now. Now I know what I'll be making this weekend ... green chile stew, enchilada sauce ... I am spending a week in ABQ early September and had planned on bringing some home. Now, my freezer may already be stocked.

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            1. re: MartinDC

              Are they that hard to roast that you need to buy them already roasted, or roasted-then-frozen? I've done chiles for rellenos in just a few minutes on my gas stove. Or is it that you just need a whole lot of them for the stews and sauces, and it's easier to get them already roasted?

              1. re: MikeR

                If you need only a few chiles for a dish, they are easily roasted over an open flame, or under the broiler. However, because the Hatch chiles are only available during late August and early September, we tend to buy in large quantity to last us a year, and roast them all at once and freeze in small batches. For that, it's better to let the store do it, or do it at home over a gas grill.