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Achiote powder

Other names: annatto powder

A dark red, tart tasting powder made from annotto seed. In Mexico this is called achiote powder. The powder is used both as a flavoring and a colorant. Annatto powder can be hard to find. It is easy to find it in seed form (try Mexican grocery stores) but the seeds are very hard and difficult to grind even in a coffee grinder.
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Substitute for achitote powder

Grind 1 teaspoon whole annotto (achiote) seed OR For 1 teaspoon annatto powder substitute 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon safflower threads, crushed (a substitute for color but not for flavor)

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