cups vegetable oil,
cup achoite (annatto) seeds
Mix oil and seeds together in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat until seeds start to bubble. Simmer over heat for 5 minutes, or until oil colors a deep reddish-orange. Cool, strain and store in a cool place. Substitute a little turmeric, paprika or saffron in a recipe if achiote is unavailable. This oil is used around the Caribbean to add a yellowish-orange color to dishes, especially arroz con pollo.