Toasting or Roasting Flaxseeds
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I suggest that this is not made too much ahead as the omega-3s are volatile; meaning that their nutritional properties can degrade. To get the highest possible benefit do as close to consumption time as possible. Sometimes this is not realistic. In that case, enjoy the crunchy texture, nutty flavor, and beautiful presentation and don't stress the rest.
Serves: 1 recipe
  • flaxseeds
  1. In a dry fry pan put in the quantity of flaxseed that you require for the recipe then put the fry pan over a medium heat.
  2. Keep an eye on the pan and toss or stir the seeds every 30 seconds or when you start to hear cracking noises. If you are toasting a small amount in a large fry pan it could take as little as 3 minutes; if the fry pan has a complete single layer of flaxseeds it will take about 8 minutes.
  3. When about two-thirds of the seeds are a darker hue, remove from the heat and let cool, tossing / stirring once more about 30 seconds after being removed from the heat (the pan is still hot so toasting is still occurring).
  4. Coarsely grind the now-cooled flaxseeds in a mortar and pestle or a coffee mill until desired consistency is reached.
  5. Use as detailed in recipe.
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