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I forgot to add that I also added 1/2 tsp seamollient. I got really great clumps and this gel was thick enough not to fall out of my hands. The only complaint was the I think I either added too much Fairy Tales Curl Gel or too much agave nectar and seamollient my hair was a little too crunchy. Seamollient does that too me. I say try it next time I'm going to do a double batch, this time I only did 1 cup of water and 1/4 cup of flax seeds.
So if I were to follow the basic recipe, would I just soak 1/4c of flaxseeds in 1c of water overnight, then boil it in the next morning?
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I would like to know,too. I tried soaking overnite, but I make giant batches,1 cup seeds,to 4 cups distilled H20.I just covered seeds with water,completely soaked up, but didnt mesure water.figured at least a cup,but know Im thinking maybe I should measure.next day, put in pan, added 3 more cups of water.that looked right, but of course I thought I would add some more when boiling ,about a 1/4 cup It took forever to reboil, and I had to keep the flame high,just to keep it simmering, after almost 15 min. of still boiling,I had to go to work.added honey, and preservatives.It was thin/watery..put in fridge ,today its thicker than my normal FSG(egg white consistancy)But I already soaked a new batch seeds to try.Without measuring water again,(dummy) but they more than doubled their size, so I will only add 2 1/2 cups of water.Uh-oh Ive turned into BB.I have friends that like it, though ,too. they'll be happy. So Im wondering Janeyliz, or someone who can break down the measurements into cups. Do you include the soaking water, as part of the original seeds/water ratio, in original recipe. Or are you just guesstimating??
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Tossed that batch.too weak. did nothing for hair. Next, after reading Eweniques, I thought I needed more mag. sulfate. So soaked, with it looked like it expanded from 1 cup of seeds, to a little over 2 with the soak water. So added another 2 cups, H20, 1 Tblespoon honey, and 1 tablespoon of mag. sulfate.. The seeds are already suspended,from soaking, so its hard to judge strain time that way, when simmering,.So just cooked for about 7 -8 min. It was really thick, anymore, wouldnt have strained. Only produced a little over 2 cups. added a small amount of seamollient to a 6oz.,3/4 tsp.....WOW, as curly as with KCCC.&BRHG, or better.(only less drying time) Next time I will measure.
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I didn't use enough seeds when soaking the first time. My fsg still worked but next time I will double the amount of seeds I soak. I also will have to double the amount of other stuff I put in the recipe since I actually end up with more gel than when I don't soak the seeds. Either way, I liked the results.
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I'm really glad I found this thread! I noticed the gel was thicker after cooling when I made my FSG the last few times with seeds I had used in my first batch. I thought maybe it was a fluke but then I did it twice more with frozen seeds. I would definitely recommend reusing or soaking seeds before making the gel. I think freezing the gel also helps with thickness but I'm not sure, I should investigate this further.
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Random question about the flax seeds.... How long do they typically last if I leave the seeds in a brown bag in my fridge? When I bought them, the lady said that I should keep them refridgerated, but I forgot to ask her how long they last in the fridge (dry). Does anyone know??
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So if I were to follow the basic recipe, would I just soak 1/4c of flaxseeds in 1c of water overnight, then boil it in the next morning?
Originally Posted by CurlyHairedFarmer
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santini- shoot I have no idea. I was keep mine in a saled bag in my cabinet. never had a problem. I think if you keep them in a fridge you shouldn't have a problem. I'd say at least 6-9 months.
I keep seeds, in the freezer.to avoid exposure to moisture, it can cause mold,I keep mine in a big amber jar.Ive used seeds for hair, that were over a year old, worked fine
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I soaked 1/4 c. seeds in 1 c. water with 1/2 tsp. epsom salt for about 24 hours. The gel was thick, so I didn't boil it, I just strained it and added my usual stuff. I don't notice a real difference between the unboiled/soaked and boiled gel.
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I soaked 1/4 c. seeds in 1 c. water with 1/2 tsp. epsom salt for about 24 hours. The gel was thick, so I didn't boil it, I just strained it and added my usual stuff. I don't notice a real difference between the unboiled/soaked and boiled gel.
Just FYI.
Originally Posted by solidgold
Wow, that's great! It can't get any easier than that (maybe I could even make some).
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I soaked 1/4 c. seeds in 1 c. water with 1/2 tsp. epsom salt for about 24 hours. The gel was thick, so I didn't boil it, I just strained it and added my usual stuff. I don't notice a real difference between the unboiled/soaked and boiled gel.
Just FYI.
Originally Posted by solidgold
I soaked my seeds in slightly less water than the recipe, I think half the amount. I could tell it was a gelatinous mass. I added more water, and cooked it. It had been awhile since the last time I made it so I don't know if there was a difference, but it definitely boiled and cooked correctly after adding more water before boiling. I HTH

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oh i did that too, i left mine soaking for almost 24 hrs by mistake and it was a big gel mass by the time i boiled it up, worked great though, i really love this flax seed gel
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I soaked 1/4 c. seeds in 1 c. water with 1/2 tsp. epsom salt for about 24 hours. The gel was thick, so I didn't boil it, I just strained it and added my usual stuff. I don't notice a real difference between the unboiled/soaked and boiled gel.
Just FYI.
Originally Posted by solidgold
Ive soaked seeds for making raw crackers,overnite(stick in a rehydrator) It absorbs all water, turns into gelatinous blob, how in the heck did you ever strain, without adding more water, and boiling????You must be magic.are you using golden seeds?I always wondered about using it raw though., but how to seperate the seeds?
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I did use golden seeds, and it took a while to strain, but it really was no different in thickness from boiling the seeds and straining. No magic involved!
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Thanks for sharing this tip! I'll be trying it with my next batch.

Sidenote: another way to get a higher yield of gel is to re-boil the same seeds after straining out the gel. I dump the seeds back into the pot with another cup of water and do the process all over again, and get twice as much gel as using the seeds once.
Originally Posted by OperaCurls
I did this recipe (BB's FSG recipe) last night and re-boiled the seeds 3-4 times! I got a ton of gel the consistency of egg whites, and it worked great


I soaked 1/4 c. seeds in 1 c. water with 1/2 tsp. epsom salt for about 24 hours. The gel was thick, so I didn't boil it, I just strained it and added my usual stuff. I don't notice a real difference between the unboiled/soaked and boiled gel.
Just FYI.
Originally Posted by solidgold
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I soaked 1/4 c. seeds in 1 c. water with 1/2 tsp. epsom salt for about 24 hours. The gel was thick, so I didn't boil it, I just strained it and added my usual stuff. I don't notice a real difference between the unboiled/soaked and boiled gel.
Just FYI.
Originally Posted by solidgold
This really does work, but I have found that if I let the flax seeds soak for too long the gel is hard to strain, just like when it's boiled too long. I don't notice much difference between soaked and boiled flax gel either.
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I soaked 1/4 c. seeds in 1 c. water with 1/2 tsp. epsom salt for about 24 hours. The gel was thick, so I didn't boil it, I just strained it and added my usual stuff. I don't notice a real difference between the unboiled/soaked and boiled gel.
Just FYI.
Originally Posted by solidgold
I am super excited to see this! I think I will try this first. Doesn't get easier than soaking for 24 hrs!
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