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Aug 30, 2008 04:21 AM

Richmond - achiote paste?

Does anyone know a place where I can buy achiote paste in the Richmond area? I am seeing a ton of great sounding recipes, but can't track any achiote paste down. Thaks!

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  1. anyone?? how about a mexican grocery store?

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    1. re: JonH

      You can make your own "paste" using annatto seeds that you can usually find in the Mexican section of a decent grocery stores. They will probably have it at whole foods or the can always order online from Penzeys. It's very cheap to buy, I bought about a pound of it and I think it will last forever.

      1. re: inmybackpages

        If Penzey's has it, there is a store in Carytown.

    2. If you can't find it in a store - I've ordered mine online at mexgrocer.

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      1. re: Jeanne

        I have no clue about Richmond, but it's sure easy to find in the Hispanic grocery stores in the spice aisle here in the Triangle. Look for a yellow box. I love it in cochinita pibil.

      2. I looked for it a few months ago, with no luck. Even Ellwood's didn't have it. But that was pre-Penzey's. I would check there, but I agree with ordering it online.

        I've had issues finding several "exotic" ingredients here. Let me know if you end up finding it in these parts.

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        1. re: VaPaula

          I think I recall seeing it at a hispanic grocery store on Quioccasin. Unfortunately I can't recall the name. It's just west of Mediterranean Bakery on the same side of the street.