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Jul 28, 2013 04:37 PM

Fresh Hatch Green Chiles (2013)

Any word on when they'll be here and who will have them? I know it's a little early, but I have a note in my calendar to check around the end of July. Besides, my husband is nagging me..Thanks.

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  1. No responses the first time I asked about this, so I thought I'd try again. Any sightings?

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    1. re: The Librarian

      The Whole Foods outlet in Oakland near Lake Merritt has Young Guns Chile from Hatch. Went yesterday. Very Fresh, bright green and no wrinkling. $0.99/Lb. Got a case that indicated 'Hot'. It was more 'Med' than 'Hot',....I prefer the 'Medium'. The Medium Heat variety is called 'Big Jim'. The really hot ones are 'Sandia'. Seems that the Bay Area outlets don't have much experience or knowledge in what they are selling. I often saw them selling mixed (Mild-Hot) w/o any sign designation. Anyway...roasted them on my gas Weber BBQ. Excellent.

      1. You need to check Raley's website, since that chain of supermarkets has been the most constant source of supply around here. Here's the roasting schedule,

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          1. re: The Librarian

            Note that if your store is listed for multiple weeks, the chiles will probably be on sale one of those weeks. Check with the produce manager.

          2. re: Melanie Wong

            Thanks, I have never managed to remember getting Hatch chiles. I marked my calendar for the nearest Raley's!

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Thanks for the heads up. I got a case roasted at the Petaluma Raley's today. I was a bit hesitant to have them do the roasting but I was glad I did. I think the tumbling action helped loosen the skins,

              Even with that it still took me a entire Giants game to clean and vacuum seal them all. I should be set until next year!

              1. re: Civil Bear

                I also got a case roasted at the Petaluma Raley's! First time with Hatch chiles (I usually roast Poblanos), and first time with the tumbler roasting. It did make getting the skins off easy -- it's the pesky seeds that make me crazy. DH sealed, I peeled/seeded. Took about 3 hours, about 9 pounds in the freezer. Hope they are good!

                Will make chicken chile verde tonight to test them out.

              2. re: Melanie Wong

                North Bay wise, Nob Hill in Napa has always been my go to (.89/pd). Picked up a few pounds today and will roast at home. Whole Foods in Napa as well.

              3. I've had luck at Lucky's (ha. Didn't see the pun.) for fresh.
                I like to roast my own, and my partner has been converted over the past couple years.

                But I'll definitely be at Nob Hill....because I miss the smell from the farmers market.
                You can take the woman out of Colorado, but you can't take the Colorado it of the woman.

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                1. re: truepeacenik

                  Good to know, and for everyone's info, Raley's (or, at least, the Nob Hill on Alameda) has both the fresh and the roasted during the weeks listed for roasting, and this year Aug. 15-19 and 22-26 are listed for Alameda, 11am-6pm. I've found their roasting consistency to be pretty good. I usually remove the outer skins and seeds before freezing, and always find the frozen and thawed version to be quite a bit hotter than the never frozen version. I guess freezing bursts a few more cell walls.

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                    Melanie's link has stopped working. Can someone confirm that they're available in Alameda? I was going to drop in there tomorrow. Thanks.

                    1. re: Prabhakar Ragde

                      Here's the google cached copy,

                      You might want to call too in case there's a good reason why that page was taken down.

                      1. re: Melanie Wong

                        Thanks, Melanie. I didn't know about the whole google cached copy thing - very useful (and not just for chile roasting schedules)!

                      2. re: Prabhakar Ragde

                        Alameda store has them. Both roasted and fresh. Although the fresh (not in cases) were all mixed up heat wise.

                        1. re: cakebaker

                          Thanks! I called them and they confirmed the roasting times in the cached page.

                  2. Just bought the first batch out of the roaster at San Ramon Raleys today. Medium hot, I am in the middle of peeling them now. They smell awesome!

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                    1. re: KatoK

                      I just bought a case and had them roasted in San Ramon. Chiles are fresh, and the roaster is a nice guy who will roast as long as you want.

                    2. got hatch chilis yesterday at our local raley's outside of sacramento... odd, but some of them were already a bit old. i think they've been in the store about a week now.

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                      1. re: rmarisco

                        They had them last weekend at the Nob Hill (Raleys) that I go to in Mountain View. Great smelling.