“We’re officially adults!”
Apparently, buying, peeling and bagging your own green chile makes you an adult! Hehe! For the past couple of years my mom has purchased our chile and hosted a chile peeling party where we all get together and peel bag after bag of the green stuff as a family. This past Saturday we had to skip the annual chile peeling with the fam because Georgia was feeling super sick. This put me in a little bit of a panic because due to the bad weather in Hatch, NM – the chile supply is much smaller this year and quickly running out. Luckily we were able to find a sack at Sunflower Market and it was on sale!
As I mentioned, buying chile this year was a first for us and we really had no idea what we were doing. I was under the assumption that you just walked up to a chile stand and let them know how many pounds you wanted. I was wrong. You actually buy chile by the 30 pound sack! When I looked at the crates of hot, medium and mild chile, the sacks looked way too HUGE for our little family (and little freezer). Because I was convinced that 30lbs was too much, I went to the individual chile bin and personally bagged 15lbs for us (which took forever). When we handed our small bundle of chile to the roaster, he gave us a funny look and said that he’s never roasted anything smaller than a 30 pound sack before…
We soon learned why people buy the huge sack… it shrinks when roaster! When our chile was done roasting, out came a cute little pile of roasted chile lol! I’m pretty sure we’re going to have to go back for more. Now that Georgia has acquired a LOVE for green chile – I doubt our little stash will last us all year :)
Last year we were both in pain from peeling chile without gloves. In our attempt to avoid a repeat of this agony we put our fancy kitchen gloves to work! Thanks Grace :)
Chile peeling is quite the process. Good thing it’s delicious!