NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Chile roasting is a longstanding tradition here, but one native New Mexican thinks it could use an upgrade.
The roaster he created is meant to make the process faster and easier.
“I grew up with the chile, going to the farmer’s markets, having the roasters blaring and the smell surrounding our town,” said Marshall Berg, who is originally from Santa Fe.
He misses that, so he started roasting his own chile with a friend, Nathaniel Gallagher, where they live in Portland, Oregon.
Together, they developed “A La Maquina!” roaster.
They launched a campaign, complete with a video on the website, Kickstarter, to raise money in hopes of rolling out the roasters in time for chile season next year.
“We think it’s time for innovation in the way that people roast chile peppers,” said Berg.
Berg said the roaster is better, faster and safer.
“After three to five minutes, the chile will be perfectly roasted,” he said.
Their large roaster, which can hold about 20 pounds, goes for about $3,000.
The creators say it is ultimately a product of their love for chile and their respect for the tradition–a tribute.
The creators have raised about $6,500 so far, but that is still a long way from their goal of $25,000.
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