Q: Dear Dave:
Two really important questions:
1. Is there a one-stop shop anywhere on the internet where I can get ALL of my chiles?
I’ve had a really hard time tracking down somewhere to buy some of the more uncommon chiles.
2. What is the best chile grinder to prepare fresh ground chile powder, as it appears that many chiles are not available pre-ground?
A: Hello Christopher:
1. There is no such shop on the Internet. Fresh chile pods are available in season from www.chileplants.com Dried pods and pickled pods are available from www.melissas.com
2. Buy a spice mill, or buy a coffee grinder and dedicate it to chiles. Remember, in order to make chile powder, the chiles must be dried until they are brittle enough to break in half with a snapping sound.