Flax Seed is so good for you! I had many questions about it, like where do you buy it, should I buy ground flax or seed. Should I buy brown or yellow? How do I cook with it or what do I do with it? How long does it keep, and how do I keep it? Does it really have that much fiber in it? Does it really taste that good?
Things I have learned from my research about Flax Seed:
1. You can buy it almost anywhere, but you have to look for it. I have found it at my local grocer in the specialty aisle. I’ve seen it at Costco, on Amazon and at any local health food store. Yellow flax seed tastes better than brown flax seed. For most of the recipes I have found, it is just added to what I would call a regular recipe. Most of the recipes are for breakfast, like oatmeal, cookies, breads, granola, pancakes, bread etc. It is also added to smoothies and can be used as an egg substitute in baking.
2. You won’t get any nutritional benefit from whole flax seed, it has to be ground. While whole and ground flax have the same nutritional content, your body gets far more benefit from ground flax. That’s because the goodness in flax is wrapped up in a hard, shiny seed coat that’s hard to crack, even with careful chewing. Grinding or roasting flax breaks this seed coat making all the nutrients easy to digest. Flaxseeds are easy to grind at home using a coffee grinder, food processor, small electric nut chopper, or blender. You also can buy ground or “milled” flaxseed in most stores where whole flax is sold. http://www.healthyflax.com/flax-faq/
3. It will keep longer and retain it’s nutritional value longer if you refrigerate or freeze it after it is ground. If you buy whole flaxseed, don’t be afraid to keep a jar of it handy on your kitchen counter. Whole flaxseed is naturally wrapped in a perfect package — a hard hull that preserves it’s goodness for up to a year or longer. Ground flaxseed is best stored refrigerated in an opaque container and will keep at least 90 days. Because ground flaxseed flows readily even when frozen, many users choose to store ground flaxseed in the freezer for even longer shelf life. Others simply grind flaxseed as they use it to ensure utmost freshness. Roasted flaxseed should also be refrigerated or frozen. http://www.healthyflax.com/flax-faq/
4. Here are the nutritional facts about flax seed. http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3163/2 They really are loaded with fiber and protein, but also saturated fat.
5. Yes, it really does taste good, I tried it and I liked it. The fiber content was very beneficial. First I bought the seeds and ground them myself. That got kind of old, so I bought ground flax seed but then I realized that it looses it’s nutrients much quicker. At first I liked using the nut grinder, it worked really well and I could just do enough for a day or two. But it broke (I guess they aren’t made to be used like that) so I started using the blender. That is kind of a pain unless you want a large amount all at the same time. The flax gets packed in the corners of either one and is hard to get out. I haven’t tried a coffee grinder because I don’t have one. If anyone has tried grinding flax in a coffee grinder and it works better than a blender, I’d be interested in knowing how it worked out. I bought 4 packages of ground at a time. Now I’m sorry. My suggestions are to just buy a small amount of different kinds until you decide what you like best.
Below are 10 recipes with flax seed in them. Some recipes use quite a large amount of flax and others a very small amount. Try them and let me know how you like them.