FSG...leaving the seeds soaking overnight?

So I remember reading in at least one or two threads that if you don't have time to do the whole boiling process, you can leave the seeds soaking overnight and in the morning, you can strain them and get the same results. My questions are:
Are they really the exact same FSG or is one better than the other in terms of hold?
When/how would I add in gelatin? Would I have to heat it up and then add it?
If I leave the seeds soaking "too long" (like over 12+ hours), is there any negative consequence with the FSG?
How long is the longest you could leave the seeds soaking?
Thanks in advance for all your help.
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Are they really the exact same FSG or is one better than the other in terms of hold?
Originally Posted by kimmidawn
I think (?) you're asking the difference between boiled and soaked? I didn't notice a difference at all, same consistency. Just depends on how long you soak/cook.

When/how would I add in gelatin? Would I have to heat it up and then add it?
I've never added in gelatin but I imagine you'd need to strain then heat it up, then add the gelatin.

If I leave the seeds soaking "too long" (like over 12+ hours), is there any negative consequence with the FSG?
The longest I've left it soaking was somewhere between 28-30 hours. It ends up thicker and harder to strain.
How long is the longest you could leave the seeds soaking?
I try to shoot for starting the soak before bed and straining after I get home from work so probably about 20 hours. That's not to say I haven't soaked for only 12, it ends up a little thinner that way (and a lot easier to strain) but if you're putting gelatin in it that probably won't be an issue.
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IMHO, soaking the seeds just doesn't give the same results as boiling FSG. I think the boiling and whisking and everything just really sloughs off that gelly goodness, and makes your FSG even better. But, there are others who love the ease (and the resulting gel) that comes from just letting the seeds soak in the water. You can let them sit as long as you want! I have left mine sitting for two days, if I remember correctly. The problem with letting them sit, though, is that it gets to a certain point where it will give you a gel, but it won't keep getting "gellier," if that makes ANY sense whatsoever, LOL. To clarify, what I mean is that when you leave your FSG sitting, it will slowly get more gel-like, but it gets to a certain point where it will not thicken up any more, and it's just stuck there. So, from what I've observed (I don't know if this is true for everyone), you can leave your FSG sitting for 24 hours or 36 hours, but once it gets to a certain stage after it's been sitting a while, it will not get any thicker, better, or gellier. Boiling afterwards gives them more of a push to give you more of that signature FSG-like goopy gel. I personally have always boiled my seeds after letting them sit overnight, because it gives better hold that way. I learned that trick from Pedaheh. As for your gelatin question, you'd have to re-heat your gel to get the gelatin to dissolve in anyway, so it may not be worth it to just soak your seeds because you'd have to heat the gel despite that.

HTH, and I hope I was explaining that clearly!

ETA: Just saw MissBanjo's post, so this was probably subjective to my own opinion! :P
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Last edited by wavynwild16; 03-03-2012 at 11:58 AM.
And my question to myself is: Why haven't I thought of gelatin? Or did I think of it and forget? Is my memory getting as bad as my dad's? UGH.
Southern Colorado Curly
Mix of 2s med-low porosity, med-fine texture, lots of hair
Oh I got the idea of gelatin from IAgirl; my hair loves protein so I figured why not give it a try. I just have to add it really slowly so it doesn't all clump together.

And I think I'll have to try the boiling after soaking trick I swear I learn so much from these boards.
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FSG is flax seed gel right? I see a lot of people with this still in their siggies. What exactly is it? Where do you get the ingredients? Hat does it do for your hair?
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