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Richmond - achiote paste?

JonH Aug 30, 2008 04:21 AM

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. JonH RE: JonH Aug 31, 2008 10:37 AM

    anyone?? how about a mexican grocery store?

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      inmybackpages RE: JonH Sep 1, 2008 06:12 PM

      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 like...you 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.

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        MGC RE: inmybackpages Sep 2, 2008 12:46 PM

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

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      Jeanne RE: JonH Sep 2, 2008 01:59 PM

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


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        Tom from Raleigh RE: Jeanne Sep 4, 2008 06:57 AM

        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.

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        VaPaula RE: JonH Sep 4, 2008 05:00 PM

        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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          hopkid RE: VaPaula Sep 6, 2008 09:05 AM

          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.

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