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1/30/11 7:18 A

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I keep my flax in the freezer. Whenever I run out of ground flax, I grind it up (no more than 1/2 cup at a time) and I store this in the freezer too!

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1/30/11 12:07 A

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No problem.

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1/29/11 9:05 P

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Thanks Fit_Artist and EvelynNF.

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1/29/11 12:41 P

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Correct, flaxseed oil is NOT for cooking.

I guess baking with ground flaxseed doesn't bother me if I am losing nutritional properties since what I am baking id definitely not going to be good for anyone

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1/29/11 11:22 A

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I don't think falx oil is intended for cooking with. I add it to smoothies. The stuff I buy is in the refridgeratorr section. I also buy golden ground flax. It is in the freezer section at my grocery store.
You'r right. That stuff will go rancid if left out and ground up.

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1/29/11 4:59 A

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I've been hearing a lot about cooking with ground flax seed. That opposes what I learned years ago; every omega-rich oil, like flax, needs to be refrigerated constantly, else it starts going rancid. Rancid fats absorb fat-soluble vitamins just like any fat will, but the rancid fat will be excreted, along with the vitamins.

I know that health food stores keep flax oil in the fridge and it is supposed to be shipped refrigerated.

A bag of already-ground flax sounds dangerous to me, since the seed is broken open and the oils are oxidizing. Heating any oil makes it oxidize faster, and even heating omega oils without oxygen starts a rancid condition. I have used whole flax in hot dishes, since it does not digest and release its oil--it adds a good fiber that picks up heavy metals and such from the gut.

The golden flax has wonderful flavor. The darker the seed, the more the flavor makes me gag--which is why some flax oil is awful and other is OK.

So. I buy golden, flax seed, whole, and put a couple of Tbsp in a pint canning jar, screw it onto my blender and give it a whirl. It splits open and fluffs up, and what I don't use immediately, I keep it in the fridge for not more than about 24 hours.

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9/28/10 12:59 P

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I've never used it as a butter substitute, it works great as an egg substitute in baking.



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9/17/10 12:24 P

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Adding water to ground flax and allowing to sit for a bit can also be used as an egg substitute

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9/16/10 10:01 P

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wow you gave some great info Ani, thanks

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9/16/10 9:43 P

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Thanks so much for all of the information. I have been adding ground flax to salads (even for my kids) and cereal but haven't thought of dipping banana in it or adding it to a smoothie etc.

I'll have to try using it instead of butter sometime.

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9/16/10 5:13 P

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Make sure to grind them so you will actually be getting the omega-3 fatty acids. If you consume them whole they pretty much just go through which is great if you need a little fiber help...down there...but otherwise, ground into meal gets you the best nutrition...and the fiber.

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Great links Andi I think I will add Flax to my banana oat bars next time!

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9/16/10 2:28 P

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Here's two more:
fatfreevegan.com/substitutes-and-tec
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www.flaxseedshop.com/content/Flax-Se
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I love this team and all the great ideas and sparks that come through. Now I'm thinking about eating more flaxseed. Coincidentally, I had to take my big 'ol black lab to the holistic vet yesterday and she told me to add flax seed in oil and/or meal to his food. I had been giving him lots of fish oil but not flax. So I was already in a flaxseed/oil mind since yesterday and therefore I ground up some and gave it to my beautiful bowser. I think I'll sprinkle some of that on my salad today.

Edited by: ANIDUCK at: 9/16/2010 (14:31)
Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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9/16/10 2:25 P

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Here's what I found:
naturalchristianparenting.com/2008/0
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gnowfglins.com/2008/09/03/great-egg-
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bstitute-flax-seed-meal/

www.ameriflax.com/default.cfm?page=f
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www.goldenflax.com/flaxseed-use.html
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That's a beginning anyway and I hope it helps
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Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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Hmmm, that's interesting, maybe I'll google this. I have always ground flaxseed and put it in things as a substitute for some of the dry ingredients but since it does have oil in it maybe you could cut down on the fat in a recipe--don't know. Wheat germ also has fat in it but I've never heard of it being a substitute for the fat in a recipe. Hmmmmmm, I'm thinking about this now; thanks for asking.

I know some people substitute ground flax seed for egg by mixing it with water 'til it becomes a gooey mass. I tried that once and I actually got a gooey mess!!

Edited by: ANIDUCK at: 9/16/2010 (14:19)
Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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9/16/10 2:07 P

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I bought some ground flax from the bulk barn (Canada) and they have little instruction sheets of how to use it and it states that ground flax can be used as a substitute for shortening or butter in a baking recipe. Is this correct? has anyone done this? and if so how did it work out? and what did it taste like?

Thanks

Edited by: HARD2BELIEVE at: 9/16/2010 (14:08)
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