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Old 04-13-2013, 08:37 PM   #21
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This is how I have seen it, I normaly buy the ground.

Ground and whole.

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Old 04-14-2013, 06:22 PM   #22
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This is what I use:

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Old 04-14-2013, 08:21 PM   #23
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At any rate, the real achiote is way different than a Goya spice packet
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:16 PM   #24
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My son went to the nearby ethnic store and found a bottle annatto seeds and bought some for me. So now I have some for the next pot of lentils. I hope I can powder them okay with my mini processor. I don't have a mortal and pestle or coffee grinder and don't want to buy one just for this.
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:24 PM   #25
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My son went to the nearby ethnic store and found a bottle annatto seeds and bought some for me. So now I have some for the next pot of lentils. I hope I can powder them okay with my mini processor. I don't have a mortal and pestle or coffee grinder and don't want to buy one just for this.
You can most likely crack them a bit to help the process whacking them with a meat mallet or rolling pin...seal them in a ziplock first
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:29 PM   #26
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You can most likely crack them a bit to help the process whacking them with a meat mallet or rolling pin...seal them in a ziplock first
I find that you get lots of holes in the plastic bag that way. But, it still keeps seeds from flying every which way.
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I find that you get lots of holes in the plastic bag that way. But, it still keeps seeds from flying every which way.
You don't have to powder the seeds. To extract the flavor and color, you can simmer them in some of the liquid you're using for a recipe then strain the seeds out and use the liquid.
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Old 04-14-2013, 11:29 PM   #28
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PF and taxlady, I did think about my meat mallet. It has a smooth side which might work. Thanks for the tip Andy, that sounds easy enough to get some into the liquid.
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Old 04-14-2013, 11:59 PM   #29
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PF and taxlady, I did think about my meat mallet. It has a smooth side which might work. Thanks for the tip Andy, that sounds easy enough to get some into the liquid.
I think any problem can be fixed with a mallet...
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Old 04-15-2013, 05:28 AM   #30
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If you have a blender you can put the seeds and some water or stock in with them and give them a quick whirl.
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