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Achiote Paste - anybody have rec's where to buy?

Bob MacAdoo Aug 25, 2009 09:38 AM

Ideally, looking for spot in Camb./Somerville; Everett; Chelsea; or points north.

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    cabriac May 3, 2013 11:07 AM

    Christina's carries el yucateco brand achiote paste. It's way better than Goya brand.
    Sour oranges you are looking for are not Seville they are narange aigria which is very different. You can get these at MB Chelsea and at most el salvadorean bodegas but not columbian or Puerto Rican.

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      qianning May 3, 2013 12:43 PM

      thanks for the info on Christina's and el yucateco brand....I'll try that next time. FWIW, the brand at International was not goya, but some other brand I'd never seen before (i've already used it and discarded the package, can't remember the brand name). The sour oranges at Russo's were also not sevilles, but rather a sour orange from el salvador.

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      qianning May 1, 2013 12:48 PM

      Anyone ever find the pre-made paste in the Boston area?

      And extra bonus points, if I can't find the pre-made paste, does anyone know where I can get the bitter (seville) orange juice that many achiote paste recipes call for?

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        Jenny Ondioline May 1, 2013 12:50 PM

        In season (January-March), you can buy fresh seville oranges at Russo's. Otherwise, I've seen seville orange juice bottled (shelf-stable) at Latin markets such as Mayfair in Union Square Allston. Have not looked for achiote paste there.

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          qianning May 1, 2013 01:02 PM

          Super, I happen to be going to Union square tomorrow.

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            itaunas May 1, 2013 01:02 PM

            After this thread a few years ago I did see the Goya paste at the Chelsea DeMoula's market basket, but more often you see it at bodegas.

            Demoula's and Price Rite are the best supermarket options for bitter oranges (Shaw's carries them in some stores, but not as nice). You can find them at Haymarket, La Internacional in Somerville, and other places. Demoula's and La Internacional both have the Goya bottled juice which is not salted, as well as other products with that juice (a chipotle sazon mixture which is salted so don't reduce it). If you can't get any of these, you can mix orange, grapefruit (optional), and lime juices to taste as a possible substitute.

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              qianning May 1, 2013 04:34 PM

              Thanks you, wonderful information.

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              qianning May 2, 2013 01:55 PM

              I found the pre-made paste at La International in Union Sq. Somerville, and just as back up bought a late in the season sour orange at Russo. Thanks to all for the advice and help.

          2. PinchOfSalt Aug 25, 2009 10:33 AM

            Just about any supermarket with a significant latino food section will have it. I am sure you will find it at the Chelsea Market Basket.

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              Bob MacAdoo Aug 26, 2009 07:08 AM

              I will check out MB in Chelsea. thx.

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                galangatron Aug 26, 2009 07:43 AM

                you can definitely find goya brand achiote paste at the new market basket on everett ave in chelsea. it's in the large international aisle towards the middle of the store

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                  Bob MacAdoo Sep 3, 2009 11:04 AM

                  Actually was not at MB in Chelsea. They did have Achiote seeds though, so I'm making my own!

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