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How do you grind flax seed?

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How do you grind flax seed?

What machine/method is the most efficient way of grinding flax seed into powder? (I know they sell ground flax seed at the bulk food stores, but it's not as effective as freshly ground ones).

I've tried pepper mill & food processor...didn't work.

Thanks.
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Coffee grinder?
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i use a coffee grinder... spice grinder works the same
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You could use the food mill attachment that goes on the kitchen aid stand mixer... but that can get expensive.
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I use a small little electric coffee bean grinder for mine, and it grinds it into a nice thin powder. The only question I have, is how do other people take their flax seed? I usually just mix a few spoons into a glass of milk, but since it doesn't dissolve, it's not easy to drink. Any other suggestions?

On a side note, I was using flax seeds to combat mild depression, but have since started taking fish oil pills, which has done wonders! Besides, it's also good for cholesterol.. so either way, you win.
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kjvandenberg wrote:I use a small little electric coffee bean grinder for mine, and it grinds it into a nice thin powder. The only question I have, is how do other people take their flax seed? I usually just mix a few spoons into a glass of milk, but since it doesn't dissolve, it's not easy to drink. Any other suggestions?

On a side note, I was using flax seeds to combat mild depression, but have since started taking fish oil pills, which has done wonders! Besides, it's also good for cholesterol.. so either way, you win.
glad to hear about your solution to your depression.

I usually take flax seen with my protein shakes.
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kjvandenberg wrote:I use a small little electric coffee bean grinder for mine, and it grinds it into a nice thin powder. The only question I have, is how do other people take their flax seed? I usually just mix a few spoons into a glass of milk, but since it doesn't dissolve, it's not easy to drink. Any other suggestions?

On a side note, I was using flax seeds to combat mild depression, but have since started taking fish oil pills, which has done wonders! Besides, it's also good for cholesterol.. so either way, you win.
I take it in orange juice... flax + milk just tastes so bad to me. Apple sauce works well too!
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The blender seems to work well for me. I do a large batch and store the rest in the refrigerator. When i do use it, (I often forget > :( ) I put a tablespoon in my oatmeal. Else i sprinkle some on my salad (gives it a nutty flavour). Or if I'm baking I try to put it in my baked goods too!

Drinking it doesn't sound too tasty.
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Top your cereal with a spoonful...my girlfriend thinks it tastes great.
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Thanks for all your inputs.
We will definitely try the coffee grinder suggestion.
We don't want to grind a big batch because they lose their advantages (lower cholesterol etc.) after 2 weeks.

Anymore suggestions?
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spoon it in your mouth and flush it down with water. No mess, no mixing.
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Coffe grinder definitely works, but you pretty much need a dedicated one - otherwise it tastes like coffee (surprise!). Still, they're only $15-20 nowadays for one of those last forever Braun units.

And it's definitely worth grinding your own, since the flax oil goes rancid quickly after grinding. Fresh is best, especially for flax's reputed medical benefits.
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Store the ground flax seed in the refrigerator. The cold prevents it from going bad.
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I use my cheapo coffee grinder .. works great. You can store unground seeds in your pantry but your ground seeds should be stored in the refigerator for no more than 2 or 3 weeks.

I take my flax in the morning in my shake. Blend up some frozen fruit, soy milk and a couple tablespoons of flax .. makes for a nice smoothie plus it helps with the fruit intake .. if you're not big on eating fruits :lol:
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