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achiote oil and aji panca

jayjaymom Jul 15, 2013 05:39 AM

Any ideas where I can find these ingredients in the DC area? Maybe the Spanish aisles of the Korean grocery stores?

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  1. tommyskitchen RE: jayjaymom Jul 15, 2013 07:55 AM

    A good bet - Also Bestway, Grand Mart, or Eden markets...

    I have seen Achiote seed and also in powder form, not sure of oil though...You can make it easily from Seed I saw doing a google search so that may be the way to go.

    What are you making?

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      jayjaymom RE: tommyskitchen Jul 15, 2013 08:14 AM

      Thanks for the leads. I'm making peruvian chupe de camarrones--wish me luck!

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        paulj RE: tommyskitchen Jul 15, 2013 08:58 AM

        The oil is just vegetable oil that has been colored (and flavored a bit) by frying achiote seed.

        Aji panca is a medium size mild chile, usually found dried, powdered, or in a puree (jar). Heat range is about the same the Mexican ancho (dried poblano).

        In the Seattle area, aji panca can be found with other Peruvian imports in Mexican groceries that cater to the broader Latino market.


        this recipe uses Goya seasoning to get the achiote color. It also uses aji amarillo (yellow), a slightly hotter chile, also sold in paste form.

        gives an idea of products that are imported and sold at the retail level.

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        yummmymummy RE: jayjaymom Jul 26, 2013 05:21 PM

        I don't know, but let us know if you find it!

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