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Re: flax

On Sun, 23 Jul 2000 03:20:21 -0700, Terry wrote:

>I've heard all about flax - bought some seeds recently.  But I'm not sure 
>what to do with them.  Do I have to grind them?  Why?  How do I store them?  
>What do they taste like?  I've read a lot about flax, know of the health 
>benefits, but no one seems to say what it tastes like or why you must grind 
>it.  Also, I believe that once it is ground it is more fragile (spoilable), 
>but how about the seeds unground - how long can I keep them and where?  Are 
>the seeds inedible whole?

I grind mine because the outer shell is really tough and I don't think
it breaks up during chewing or digestion.  I use a small food mill
that I bought for the purpose, but if you have a coffee grinder that
should work also.  

I have a flax cookbook that I downloaded from the Flax Council of
Canada!  They say that the whole seeds can be stored at room
temperature for up to a year, and the ground seed can be stored in the
refrigerator for up to 90 days, but begin to lose nutritional value
much sooner than that.  I keep the whole seeds in the refrigerator,
and grind up no more than a week's supply at one time.  Let me know if
you want a copy of the cookbook in PDF format.  The recipes aren't low
fat, but they would give you ideas.