Recipe Detail Achiote Oil

Achiote Oil

Achiote Oil

This oil is used to ad d color and flavor to dishes. Use it in place of vegetable oil in the dishes in this book. Look for annatto (achiote) seeds that are a bright-reddish color; seeds that are brownish in color are old and have probably lost much of their flavor.

Ingredients

Direction

1. Combine the oil, annatto seeds, red chile, and bay leaf (if using) in a nonreactive heavy saucepan and allow the mixture to steep for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Bring the mixture to a low and gentle boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the mixture to cool thoroughly.

3. Strain the oil through a very fine sieve. Pour the strained oil into a bottle and cap tightly. Refrigerated and tightly capped, this oil will remain usable up to six months.

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