Flaxseed is nutritious, rich in omega 3, fiber and antioxidants. In order for its nutrients to be properly absorbed by the body, it must be ground before consumption, which can be done manually or with an electric grinder (the easiest option). Regardless of your choice, the flaxseed is ready in just a few minutes!
Method 1 of 3: Manually Milling
Step 1. Grind the flaxseed using a crank grinder
This equipment is similar to the coffee grinder. Remove the lid and place the seeds in the reservoir. Then just turn the crank clockwise and grind the seeds. You can grind 1 tablespoon in less than 30 seconds.
- Collect the ground seed to use in your smoothie or salad.
- If you are not used to consuming flaxseed all the time, it is not advantageous to purchase such equipment.
Step 2. Use a spice or pepper grinder
Remove the lid from the equipment and place about 1 or 2 tablespoons of flaxseed inside it. Cover it again and turn the crank for about one to five minutes, until the seeds are ground to the desired size.
- The ground seed should exit through the bottom of the grinder, so hold it over the dish being used or over a container to store it.
- This method can be slower. If you get tired of your hand or wrist, take a break for up to a minute.
Step 3. Try using a mortar and pestle to grind the flaxseed very well
With this method, you can get from 1 tablespoon (15 g) to one cup of ground flaxseed at a time. Place the linseed in the mortar, a bowl-shaped object. Then beat the pestle (the hand-grinding instrument) on top of the seeds. Press it several times consistently for three to five minutes, or until you get the consistency you want.
The mortar and pestle are usually made of marble and stone. The stone's weight is excellent for grinding seeds
Method 2 of 3: Using an Electric Grinder
Step 1. Try using a coffee grinder if you want a faster and more effective method
Measure out 1 cup or a little less of seeds and place them in the equipment. Use the proper grinding setting to grind them for ten to 15 seconds. This is the easiest way to make your meals more nutritious.
- When finished, clean the coffee grinder.
- Do not fill grinder beyond maximum capacity. Doing so could damage the device.
Step 2. Use a food processor if you don't need the seeds so well ground
A processor can grind 1 to 3 cups (240 g to 720 g) of flaxseed at a time. Put the seeds in the appliance, choose an appropriate setting and grind everything for five to 15 minutes, or until they are the desired size. During the procedure, open the lid from time to time and stir the seeds with a spoon to facilitate grinding.
While useful, the processor takes much longer to grind the flaxseed than the other methods
Step 3. If you want an easier homemade solution, use a blender
Put about 1 cup (240 g) of flaxseeds in the blender jar. You can use a measuring cup or measure by eye. Hold the blender lid and choose the speed. Beat the seeds for three to ten minutes or until they are ground to the desired texture.
After grinding them, place the seeds in a jar or bowl for ease of use
Method 3 of 3: Saving the Flaxseed
Step 1. Store whole seeds at room temperature for up to one year
To lower the cost, buy whole seeds in the natural products sector of supermarkets or specialized stores. You can keep them at room temperature for up to a year and grind small amounts as needed.
To consume food that is always fresh, buy an amount for two or three months only
Step 2. Transfer the ground linseed to an airtight container
After grinding, place it in a glass container with a lid or an airtight plastic container. Close it tightly so that the air does not spoil the seeds.
Step 3. Store the ground flaxseed in the refrigerator for up to a week
It's best to use it right away to get the most out of the nutrients. Despite this, you can keep the ground flaxseed in the refrigerator for a few days.
If it becomes bitter, it is because it spoiled and must be discarded. Flaxseed usually has an earthy, nutty taste
- To make the most of the nutrients, grind the seeds you're going to consume right away.
- Use golden or brown flaxseed in your recipes as they both taste the same.
- If you don't eat eggs, you can substitute them in several recipes for ground and hydrated flaxseed.
- You can find ground flaxseed in supermarkets, but grinding at home is cheaper.
- Generally, ground flaxseed is used in vitamins and cereals to increase the nutritional power of the recipe.