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Old 06-30-2010, 09:30 PM   #1
 
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Default Flax gel...HELP I can't get it to strain

I just made some, and even in my fine strainer, it will not come out. It is gel like, smells great, but I would actually like to use it
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Old 06-30-2010, 10:02 PM   #2
 
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okay, I added some water, and got it to go through. Whoo!
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Glad you got it strained. I just discovered last night that the golden flax seeds don't strain well at all compared to the dark ones. I've made this several times with the dark seeds and have never, ever had a problem straining. I boiled the dark ones for 30 minutes last time and they still strained fine.

This time I mixed some golden ones in and only boiled for 10 minutes. The gel was MUCH thicker (I may have used more seeds this time though, didn't measure like I normally do) and there was no way I was straining this. Had to add more water, boil again for a few minutes to warm it up and thin it out and even then I had to press through the sieve with a spatula.

I will say though that the golden seeds make a much thicker/nicer gel!
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Old 07-02-2010, 08:53 AM   #4
 
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Good to know, I will try that next time. I am totally hooked.

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Glad you got it strained. I just discovered last night that the golden flax seeds don't strain well at all compared to the dark ones. I've made this several times with the dark seeds and have never, ever had a problem straining. I boiled the dark ones for 30 minutes last time and they still strained fine.

This time I mixed some golden ones in and only boiled for 10 minutes. The gel was MUCH thicker (I may have used more seeds this time though, didn't measure like I normally do) and there was no way I was straining this. Had to add more water, boil again for a few minutes to warm it up and thin it out and even then I had to press through the sieve with a spatula.

I will say though that the golden seeds make a much thicker/nicer gel!
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Old 07-02-2010, 12:24 PM   #5
 
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While straining is the hardest part, it seems to get easier over time. My other thought is that it's so cheap and easy to make, you don't need to get every last drop from the seeds.
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Old 07-02-2010, 01:28 PM   #6
 
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I make sure not to boil my down so much. I stir until I see gel form and stop while its mostly gel but still watery.
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Old 07-08-2010, 05:09 AM   #7
 
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I strain my gel through a nylon with kitchen tongs- lots of squeezing but well worth the troubles~
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