Annatto Powder

Achiote Powder

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Annatto powder is perfect for the home cheesemaker who wants to make authentic English cheddars or perhaps an original cheese with a flashy neon rind the color of a carving pumpkin.

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Also known as achiote powder, annatto seeds grow inside the spiny fruits of the achiote tree. Annatto powders primary use through history has been as a coloring agent for makeup, textiles, or to color foods. In particular, many kinds of cheese use annatto powder to achieve orange or red colors such as Mimolette, Red Leicester, and Cheddar.

However, many people are beginning to utilize annatto powder as a spice in and of itself. The flavor is bittersweet with notes of mace and mint. The seeds are often added to oils to flavor and color them, or soaked in hot water to make a flame-colored broth. Combine annatto powder with chili flakes, black pepper, cumin, coriander and salt for an all-purpose seasoning for everything from pickled mushrooms to homemade sausages.

Additional Info

Dietary NotesNo
Country of OriginPeru
QualitiesKosher Parve, Non-GMO
Shelf Life2 Years
Handling / StorageStore in a cool, dry place.
CuisineCaribbean, Latin American, Mexican
Product StylePowder
Taste & AromaBitter or Astringent, Warm & Earthy
Recommended ApplicationsThis product pairs well with rices, grains, beans, chicken, fish, or turkey. Commonly used to prepare vegetables, like okra, plantains, tomatoes, pumpkin, peppers, or sweet potatoes.
Basic PreparationTo use, you may add the annatto powder to a recipe or make into an oil. To make the oil, heat one cup of grape seed oil and add two ounces of annatto powder. Cook this mixture for up to 5 minutes, or until the oil has turned an orange color. Strain the seeds out of the oil and refrigerate.
IngredientsAnnatto seed.


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