Achiote & Bistek Information

How do you pronounce Achiote?
What is Achiote?
What is Bistek?
How do I use the Achiote?
How do I prepare Achiote?
What should the consistency of the Achiote marinade be?
How much Achiote do I need to cook a chicken?
How do I store the bricks after I open them?
Do I need to refrigerate Achiote?
Do the Achiote bricks spoil?
What is the expected shelf life?
Is the Achiote in the pail the same as the Achiote bricks?
Why are the achiote bricks sometimes clumpy/chunky?
Will Achiote stain my clothes?
What are the nutritional facts for the Achiote bricks?
Is your product gluten - free?
Where can I find Del Mayab Achiote near me?
Do you carry larger sizes of Achiote? How much do they cost?
Do you sell bulk packages? Do you sell to big companies?
Do you sell other items?

 

How do you pronounce Achiote?
Achiote is pronounced (ah-chee-OH-tay). It is also known as Recado Rojo (ray-CA-do row-Ho).

What is Achiote?
Achiote is a distinctively "Yucatecan" or "Mayan" seasoning paste made of ground annatto seeds, herbs, spices and is diluted with bitter orange juice.

What is Bistek?
Bistek is a garlic, allspice and pepper blend seasoning used primarily on beef and fish. It adds a tangy pepper flavor and unlike Achiote will not add color to your food.

How do I use Achiote?
Traditionally, achiote is prepared as a marinade, and the final result is a paste form. Del Mayab Achiote is prepared so that you only have to add some liquid to yield the desired results. Again, traditionally it is diluted with Naranja Agria (bitter orange juice) but lemon juice, water, oil or vinegar can be used.

How do I prepare Achiote?
Quick tip: Take 1.75 oz of Achiote (half of a 3.5 oz small brick), dissolve with 3/4 cup of bitter orange juice, lemon juice, lime juice, oil or water to marinate up to 2 lbs of meat (approximately enough for one whole chicken) and cook.
For some more detailed instructions or to get some traditional recipes order our Del Mayab recipe book.

What should the consistency of the Achiote marinade be? 
When preparing the Achiote marinade always make sure to eliminate any clumps using your fingers. Once your prepared liquid has been added (ie. lemon juice, lime juice, sour orange, water), mix the Achiote with the liquid to get the consistency of a thick sauce. It should not be too runny or too thick. It should not be as thick as a barbeque sauce.

How much Achiote do I need to cook a chicken?
It takes about half a 3.5 oz. brick of achiote (1.75 oz) and 3/4 cup of bitter orange juice, lemon juice, lime juice, oil or water to prepare enough marinade for a chicken.

How do I store the bricks after I open them?
Any zip lock bag or airtight container will keep the product fresh and ready to use. It is not necessary to refrigerate achiote but it is recommended if you will only be using the product periodically. A simple method would be to keep the unused plastic wrapped tightly around the product and place it back in its box. Shelf life: 6-8 months).

Do I need to refrigerate Achiote?
It is not necessary to refrigerate the product but is recommended if you want to increase the shelf life, especially if you will only be using the achiote a little at a time. Shelf life: 6-8 months).

Do the Achiote bricks spoil?
Achiote does not spoil quickly as it has both natural and artificial preservatives. It is better to discard after the expiration of its shelf life, which is approximately 6-8 months.

What is the expected shelf life?
6 to 8 months from the date of purchase.

Is the Achiote in the pail the same as the Achiote bricks?
Yes and no. The ingredients and flavor are the same, although the Achiote in the pail has more moisture and will not require as much liquid when it is time to dissolve.

Why are the achiote bricks sometimes clumpy/chunky?The corn ingredients in the achiote do not dissolve so easily therefore, in order to get the right consistency, it is necessary to work the material with either your fingers or a utensil; this will help to dissolve the achiote into the paste marinade form.

Will Achiote stain my clothes?  
Yes, Achiote, and Annatto are often used to give food a vibrant color, unfortunately it may also stain your clothes. So be sure to always wear an apron and also wear food handling gloves if you don’t want to get Achiote in your nails. After the marinade is prepared you may also use a brush to apply the marinade if you choose not to touch it.

What are the nutritional facts for the Achiote bricks?



Is your product gluten - free?
Yes, it is gluten-free but does contain corn products such as corn flour and corn meal; celiac's with allergies to corn should probably consult their physician before using Achiote.
Traditionally, gluten is defined as a cohesive, elastic protein that is left behind after starch is washed away from wheat flour dough. Only wheat is considered to have true gluten; when celiac patients talk about "gluten-free" or a "gluten-free diet," they are actually talking about food or a diet free of the harmful peptides from wheat, rye, barley, and (possibly) oats. (Taken from Celiac.com)

Where can I find Del Mayab Achiote near me?
Our distribution is localized here in California and you can find our Achiote products in most Latino and Asian food markets in the Los Angeles area. In case you are unable to find our Achiote products at a store near you, we have designed this website to meet the demands of our customers and any of our products can be shipped directly to you. Please request Achiote at your local store, this is the most effective way to get Achiote to a store near you.

Do you carry larger sizes of Achiote? How much do they cost?
We carry sizes ranging from 3.5 oz bricks to 5 lb pails but, in order to be sure which size you need, please refer to the "Products" page of our website. Once you look at the various sizes that we carry and their prices then you will be able to decide what works best for you.

Do you sell bulk packages? Do you sell to big companies?
Yes we do, please refer to the "commercial accounts" page of our website, if you are a commercial/business client you will be given a username and password; you will then be able to access the necessary information or you can also give us a call at: 1-800-DEL-MAYAB. Once you receive your username and password, you will be able to access our resale online store. Please email orders@delmayab.com with any questions

Do you sell other items?
Yes, La Perla Spice Co. also makes Del Mayab Bistek, which is used exactly like achiote but is simply a different flavor. Bistek is more of a pepper blend seasoning and has it's own special taste.