Making Achiote Paste with a Magic Bullet Blender

I bought this blender a while back and was going to do a gadget post on it but didn’t.  I’ve used it to grind dried peppers and it does a good job on them.  The achiote paste recipes I linked to in the last post reminded me that I had a small jar of annatto seeds that are the main ingredient.
I decided I would be bothered, afterall.It did a nice job on the seeds and the other dry ingredients in this recipe from Bon Appetit.  It took a minute or two.  The bay leaves were resistant but they finally went under. I doubled the recipe because I had a half cup of seeds.I opted to finish it with the vinegar, garlic cloves, and zests in this small processor. Its lid has the little drizzle holes to add liquids and I judged that it would be a bit easier to clean.  The paste came out a little dry so I added the juice of the lemon and lime I zested for the recipe. It is a little looser than the store bought paste but I see no problem there.

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