Most Caribbean Hispanic dishes call for a packet of Sazón Goya or Knorr. Each packet contains the necessary spices to make your dish that amazing yellow color and flavor. The packets contain annatto, cilantro, garlic, onion and other spices. It’s a great spice to use, but it has MSG (mono sodium glutamate). MSG is a flavor enhancer that balances and blends, and rounds out the flavor of your dish. It’s a salt extracted from seaweed and was discovered in 1908. There has been a lot of controversy about the safety of the consumption of MSG.
So I decided to research and come up with my own version of sazón without artificial colors and most importantly, without MSG.
I started with the color. I used ground annatto, or as it is called in Spanish, achiote.
1½ teaspoon cumin
1½ teaspoon dried oregano
1½ teaspoon ground coriander
1½ teaspoon onion powder
1½ teaspoon garlic powder
1½ teaspoon dried cilantro flakes
1 tablespoon of ground annatto (achiote)
1. Mix all ingredients in a mini food processor and pulse for 1-2 minutes until all spices are ground and incorporated.
2. Store in an airtight container.
Watch me make the Sazon here: http://youtu.be/vNwXucpzrBI
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