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?
4419 Camino De La Plz, San Diego, CA 92173
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!