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  1. rancho_gordo

    Question about dried bean varieties

    Bean Club is nice and it's one way to get beans. You can also just order exactly what you want and get it exactly when you want it. It's fun but it's not essential unless you are a very hard core bean freak, like me.
  2. rancho_gordo

    Question about dried bean varieties

    yes. We just need your email to contact you. We don't even save it!
  3. rancho_gordo

    Question about dried bean varieties

    Sorry. We had spaces for weeks. If you really want to do it, sign up for the waitlist. There are openings every quarter and once we can handle capacity, we add more spaces as well. There is no obligation. The wait list only tells you that there are spaces available on a first come first serve basis. So you can ignore if you like
  4. rancho_gordo

    Making Fresh Masa

    I don't know about the Premier machine. I haven't had luck with it but I know others have and really like it.
  5. rancho_gordo

    Making Tortillas at Home

    I wouldn't worry too much about the puffing. It's nice but you can have an excellent tortilla without it. When mixing the masa harina, I just keep adding water until it has an almost play dough texture. And then I let it rest just so the flour can absorb all the liquid, maybe 10 minutes. I don't know if this is really needed. If the dough is too sticky, just add some more masa harina until it has the right consistency.
  6. rancho_gordo

    Making Fresh Masa

    I'm sorry. I'm somewhat confused. I'm old. Be kind. By the way I searched for the Rancho Gordo nixtamalized heirloom corn but found only white corn posole. What were you looking for if not the posole? By "freshly ground nixtamalized corn", you mean masa, right? It's best the same day but loses a little something every day. I would guess 4-5 days in the fridge before it goes off. I have never froze it well but I have heard others think it's fine. I would make a batch and then make and cook tortillas. I've had them last well over a week once they're formed and cooked. Not as divine as right off the comal but better than using old masa. Sorry if I'm being dense.
  7. rancho_gordo

    Making Fresh Masa

    And if you have Mexican friends who look confused (or angry) when you call the grain posole, gently explain that that's how it's done in the US Southwest and that we have our own traditions with corn as well. prepared Hominy=posole=dried nixtamal. Posole is also a finished dish in the US. Pozole is only the finished dish in Mexico. Maiz para Pozole is the raw corn and nixtamal is the prepared hominy. There will be a test!
  8. rancho_gordo

    Making Fresh Masa

    So the posole is nixtamalized heirloom corn. It's just not ground. And you'd need a special grinder to get it fine enough for tortillas, which I haven't found on a home use level yet. I have to say I like that Bob;s Red Mill masa harina is organic but it's not my favorite. I wince as I say "Maseca...." which I really mostly dislike because they've taken over and pushed out a lot of small guys, not because the product is bad. They claim it's non-GMO corn. Who knows?
  9. rancho_gordo

    Question about dried bean varieties

    Mostly they don't. It's hard to speak in absolutes when it comes to Mexican cooks or beans! I'm not so good at pressure cookers so I may not have the best advise. I know the staff here cooks samples every day with a slow cooker, always unsoaked and always perfect. I hate to admit it but they're better than me now.
  10. rancho_gordo

    Question about dried bean varieties

    I'm not so good at the pressure cooker but I've never had that happen. They do take longer. And my advice is always start with a 15 insane boil from hell. It lets the beans know you are in the boss. Then turn it down to a gentle simmer (or even lower if you have the time). Add hot water from a tea kettle as needed to so they are covered by an inch or so always.
  11. rancho_gordo

    Question about dried bean varieties

    This is my favorite part of the New Yorker piece: I remember a well-known foodie customer coming into the store for a party where she was making carnitas and cochinita pibil and wanted some "yummy beans and a recipe" to go with all that. Where do you start. I suggested she have really plain beans I could see she was disappointed with my answer. Any of these would be great: Ayocote Morado Ayocote Amarillo Ayocote Blanco Rio Zape Moro If the ayocote are really old, I would save them for another day or a pressure cooker. It could take forever and there's not much worse than waiting for beans.
  12. rancho_gordo

    Rancho Gordo in the NYT... again!!

    it's been wild. We opened up 1,000 spaces but we had a 2,100 waitlist. Then the article came out. We have spaces open up every quarter so the waitlist is your best bet. The Bean Club is fun but we have plenty of other beans. Plenty!
  13. rancho_gordo

    Rancho Gordo in the NYT... again!!

    For the record, I don't wear baseball caps or tennis shoe but I probably am built like a giant bean.
  14. rancho_gordo

    Using Mexican Chocolate

    Sorry it wasn't great but I have to say, it's pretty cool!
  15. rancho_gordo

    Mexican Street Food

    How is it sub-par? You know it's a different kind of corn, right? It's not supposed to be sweet.