Originally Posted by buckytom
that's where i had heard about it first, so i bought some to make one of her recipes.
i've used annato several times since and still think it has almost no flavour. lol, unless i'm getting bad annato.
It's not the annato, BT. It's you. You have contracted the dreaded (gasp) Failing Taste-bud Syndrome!
Do do do do, do do do do (sing to the tune of Outer Limits Theme song).
It starts innocently enough with the inability to taste annatto. Then, the insidious syndrome takes away your ability to taste Turmeric, then Saffron (oh no! Not Saffron! What will I do? What will I do!). After Saffron, you lose Thyme, Sage, and similar flavors. Eventually, you are left with only one flavor sensation; yes, you know what it is; that final flavor, that will excite your taste-buds for the rest of your days is... Whale Blubber!
When you eat Cheetos, they will taste like whale blubber. When you consume lobster thermador, it will taste like whale blubber. When you drink root beer, yep, whale blubber. Everything you put in your mouth for the rest of your days will taste like whale blubber.
Oh the horror! And your breath, well it will smell like whale blubber. The only people you will be able to hang around with will be old whalers, who carry around rotting harpoons, and talk about the glory days, when they witnessed Moby Dick remove the leg of their famous captain.
But fear not, my freind. There is one cure. You must drink three 14 ounce bowls of dirty-sock-soup between the hours of 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. for 29 days. This is important, so I'll say it again, every day, in the daytime, between the hours of 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. Don't ask me how you're going to drink the stuff in the daytime during those hours. You have to figure that out. That's the rules. I didn't make 'em.
Then, and only then, will your taste buds begin to re-appear and allow you to taste other flavors. First will come horseradish, then all forms of mustard, then peanut butter, and so on until your taste buds are restored completely.
But then again, with your cooking, the loss of taste might just be a blessing.
Oh put that switch back in the woodshed. You know that I know you are a phenomenal cook. I was only kidding.
Now go and be a good Daddy and make your young'un a grilled PBJ.
Seeeeeya; Chief Longwind of the North