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Recipe

Annato Oil And Annato Paste

  • Yield: 1 cup

Ingredients

  • ANNATO OIL:
  • 1 cup vegetable or olive oil
  • 1/2 cup annatto seeds
  • ANNATO PASTE:
  • 1/2 cup annatto seeds
  • 1 cup vegetable or olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

Directions

  • In a small heavy saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the annatto seeds and cook, stirring constantly, until the oil becomes a rich, orange-red color, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Strain the oil into a jar, discarding the seeds, and keep covered in the refrigerator.
  • Use as directed in recipes.
  • ANNATO PASTE: In a small medium saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the annatto seeds and cook, stirring constantly, until the oil becomes a rich, orange-red color, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  • Strain the annatto oil into the bowl of a food processor or blender, and add the lime juice, oregano, garlic, salt and cumin. Process the mixture on high to form a smooth paste. Pour into a glass jar and keep covered in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Yield: 1 cup