Hatch Chile Fest – How to pick the perfect pepper!

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It’s Hatch Chile Fest here at Jackson Whole Grocer. Whether you’re a seasoned pro, or new to the game – Hatch Chile picking can be a bit confusing. How do you know you’ve got the best pepper? These simple steps will guide you in the direction of deliciousness!

How to pick the perfect pepper:

First, look for a bright green color – the brighter the better.

Check the shape, too – the ideal pepper is symmetrical

Then pick one up. The skin should be smooth and when you give it a little squeeze, it should be firm.

It should also feel a bit heavy for it size (because it’s packed with all that flavor!).

Now that you have the perfect peppers, what are you going to do with them? Are you an eat it raw type, and like to put them in fresh salsa? Or do you like them roasted to perfection and and the star of your dish? Either way, here are some of our favorite recipes for your Hatch Chile inspo! Hatch Chile Chicken Tortilla Soup, Hatch Green Chile Rellenos, Hatch Chile Salsa Verde, Grilled Green Chile Polenta, Hatch Green Chile Sauce, Green Chile Aioli.

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