Shopping for chorizo
• Look for imported Spanish or domestic Spanish-style chorizo; most are dry-cured and ready to eat. Mexican chorizo is more often a fresh sausage sold in bulk rather than in links. Don’t use this style for the chorizo butter.
• If there are cooking instructions on the label, it’s likely that the chorizo shouldn’t be eaten raw. Note its placment in the store. If it’s in the cheese or deli case, it’s probably ready to eat. If it’s in the meat case, it’s probably meant to be cooked.
• If it seems hard and dry (a sign of curing), chances are it’s ready to eat.
• You’ll find ready-to-eat chorizo in both supermarkets and specialty shops. If you’re unsure, consider ordering it online.Try Tienda.com for a variety of chorizos (from $5.95 for 7 oz.).