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what do I do with Bijol?

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Yukari Pratt Nov 19, 2004 08:13 AM

I must have bought this on a trip (to Miami?) and do not know what to do with it.

Condiment Bijol. Corn, Flour, Cumin, Yellow no. 5, Red no. 40 and Annatto.

From Bijol and Spices, Inc. in Miami

Any help will be appreciated from this kitchen in Tokyo! Am hoping I can make something Mexican with this....

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    No Saffron RE: Yukari Pratt Nov 19, 2004 09:33 AM

    I think though i am not sure.....Someone may prove otherwise.....That you can use it to make yellow rice, I maybe totally off base so let's see if someone has something else to say.....

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      Yukari Pratt RE: No Saffron Nov 20, 2004 05:39 PM

      arigato! will give it a shot. sounds like something I may be able to try with paella? rice? chicken and rice? thank you very much for putting me in the right direction....

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        Yukari Pratt RE: Yukari Pratt Nov 22, 2004 09:28 AM

        Thank you for the suggestions! Had a small dinner party tonight and did the rice with the Bijol. Gorgeous color and delicous! Arigato from Tokyo!

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      jen kalb RE: Yukari Pratt Nov 19, 2004 12:01 PM

      "bijol" is a coloring used to make yellow rice in the caribbean and mexico.It has annato in it (a seed that produces a red/yellow color when you fry it -also used to color yellow cheeses cheese)which has its own mild flavor, but since the bijol also has food coloring, Im not sure how much flavor the annato actually provides. A little, I guess. So think yellow rice and beans, or chicken.

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        SheIsVirgo RE: Yukari Pratt Dec 21, 2004 02:18 PM

        I purchased it in Miami also, I was married to a cuban and that is what we used to make our rice yellow. You just need a pinch in the water to color the rice.

        Since I live in OK, I now have to purchase it online because our stores don't have it here.

        Good luck, try it, you'll like it.

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