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Grinding Ancho Chilis

Ok. I took the bait and tried Mickey's Coffee rub and it's delicious. I have a heck of a time finding Ancho Chili powder in my area but I DID find some whole Anchos.

Now, I've read that some folks here grind up their own. So what is the preferred method? I have a coffee grinder that I use for spices - chop it all up into small pieces and grind? Use my food processor? Remove the seeds? My biggest concern is getting the grind fine enough to blend into the rub.

Thoughts on this are greatly appreciated.

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  • tkleagertkleager Posts: 518
    Interested in this also.  Found whole Anchos at Safeway.
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 11,146
    Spice grinder/coffee grinder or mortar and pestle if you want Popeye forearms.
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,017
    Take the stem off (obviously) but you want the whole pepper ground - seeds and all.  Eggcelsior studied ethnic underwater pepper grinding in college - heed his sage advice.
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  • sumoconnellsumoconnell Posts: 974
    If they are still soft, you can toast them on a griddle, gets a good flavor out of them and crisps right up. They turn to powder easily.
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  • GrannyX4GrannyX4 Posts: 1,444
    I toasted the whole bag of peppers in a dry skillet until they became aromatic and then into the food processor. ;;)
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  • fljoemonfljoemon Posts: 534
    Definitely dry roast them in a pan and then use a coffee grinder to grind them fine.
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  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 6,776
    Grind 'em outside with plenty of airflow? Not sure if that's needed with anchos, but heard you really need to with habaneros.

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  • Cymbaline65Cymbaline65 Posts: 798
    Excellent advice, everyone. Thanks. I'll hopefully knock this out by the weekend.
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