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Need to find a place to Roast Chilles or sells big quantities of Roasted Chiles

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directingenius Dec 7, 2010 12:38 PM

So a friend and I are going to do a big tamale making party this sunday. Her recipe Chicken tamales requires a lot of roasted green chilies. Especially since we plan on make a huge quantitiy of tamales. The last time we did this we roasted them over her tiny stove by hand. We can't do that again. It was way too much. Is there anywhere I can roast chiles or buy lots of roasted chiles in the South Bay or not too far. Thanks for any help.

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    DavidT RE: directingenius Dec 7, 2010 01:34 PM

    I know there was a vendor roasting chilies for sale at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market on Saturdays several years ago. I do not know if that vendor is still there.

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    Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
    One Ferry Building, 200 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA

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      Robert Lauriston RE: DavidT Dec 7, 2010 02:59 PM

      The roasted chiles I've tried from farmers markets haven't been roasted enough. They get the skin off but the peppers are still raw.

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      carolynlasar RE: directingenius Dec 7, 2010 02:54 PM

      Raley's supermarket on Alameda sells quantities of chiles in September and has a roaster.
      It's not near you but maybe a Raley's in your area might have the same.

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      Raley's
      157 N Mcdowell Blvd, Petaluma, CA

      1. Melanie Wong RE: directingenius Dec 7, 2010 03:02 PM

        Raley's and Nob Hill stores roasted chiles in connection with the Hatch chile promotion, but that's only available a couple weeks each year. I have seen roasters at a couple farmers markets, but now that the farms have sold all their fresh chiles, they're done for the season.

        When I was in Phoenix last month, I noticed that Mexican grocers had bags of freshly roasted chiles and tomatillos available by the pound.
        http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniew...
        I've not seen that around here myself. But maybe someone else has?

        I'd suggest getting a kettle grill (Weber table top if you're in a small space) and roasting chiles yourself.

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        Raley's
        157 N Mcdowell Blvd, Petaluma, CA

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          Ruth Lafler RE: Melanie Wong Dec 7, 2010 10:21 PM

          I use my broiler -- it probably holds as big a batch as a Weber table top.

        2. wolfe RE: directingenius Dec 7, 2010 03:05 PM

          Remember this for next year.
          http://www.hatch-chile.com/

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            foodeye RE: directingenius Dec 7, 2010 03:25 PM

            Maybe David at Happy Quail Farms would help out....offer him some tamales, maybe?

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              Allfrog68 RE: directingenius Dec 7, 2010 10:16 PM

              You can do these on a backyard gas grill. I'm from NM and I have done big batches many times on the grill. You just lay them side to side and turn them as they roast. You can do the chiles ahead of time and freeze them if you need. They freeze very well. It can be time consuming. I can't remember the size but I would do a bushel or so but it would take me a day to do the roasting and peeling.

              In NM you can buy different type of tubs of green and red chile. Unfortunately, I've never found them here. Some of the popular brands are Bueno, Hatch, and Albuquerque Tortilla Co. I bet you can have them shipped but it sure would be nice if you could get frozen around here. In NM they use green chile in all kinds of things (burgers, soups, stews, with eggs, etc.).

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