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Sep 5, 2010 05:52 PM

Achiote oil in Sacramento?

Hello, I am trying to make an authentic Ropa Vieja, and I understand that people from Cuba would use an oil flavored with achiote seeds rather than plain olive oil. Does such a thing exist to be purchased in the Sacramento area?


Achiote Restaurant
4419 Camino De La Plz, San Diego, CA 92173

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  1. I've never seen it for sale in this area, but it's really easy to make (which is what I do when I make gandule rice). You'll need 1C. olive oil and 2 - 2 1/2 T. achiote, a.k.a. annatto seed (can be purchased at a decent Mexican grocery store and some main stream ones, too). Combine in a saucepan, heat until the seeds start to sizzle, then remove from heat. Allow the seed to steep in the pan for about 1 minute--the oil/seed should be red--then strain. Do not overheat or everything will change color and the oil will be ruined (nastily bitter, yucky green/black color). It'll keep about 4 days out of the fridge (I've kept it longer in the fridge). Enjoy!