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Rhubarb Crisp with Flaxseed

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Spring is a great time to try new rhubarb recipes.  This Rhubarb Crisp substitutes flax seed for some of the flour and butter found in other recipes.  A great tasting crisp with the added benefit of flax seed. 

Rhubarb Crisp

5 cups rhubarb
1 Tablespoon flour
½ Tablespoon ground flax seed
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt

Mix these ingredients together and put in the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan.

Then mix together:
9 Tablespoons butter
½ cup flour
¼ cup ground flaxseed
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup quick oatmeal

Sprinkle on top of the rhubarb mixture.

Bake at 350° for 40-50 minutes.

Top with ice cream or whip cream if you like.


CategoriesFlax Seed Recipes

How To Grow Flax

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Starting Flax from Seed

We have had several questions as to whether our flax seed can be planted. This flax seed is an annual. The germination for our flaxseed is 85%.  Which means 85 out of every 100 seeds will grow.  If purchasing to plant, always purchase that for human consumption so there are very few weed seeds.

Flax can be started indoors, and then transplanted out later or just sown directly into the garden. If you have a short growing season, you may want to start your seeds inside so your plants can mature and go to seed before the frost.  In small peat pots, plant seeds 5 weeks before your expected last frost date. Keep them in a sunny place and water often enough that the soil does not dry out. They take a while to germinate, so be patient.

Transplanting

Dig your soil well. Flax thrives on organic-rich soils so add in a good helping of aged manure or compost. Flax grows to 2-3 feet tall.  The plants are very thin allowing weeds to overtake quite easily.  Try to plant on fairly weed free ground.

Seeds can be sown out early in the spring, and covered in just a thin layer of soil. If doing a larger area you may broadcast by throwing handfuls out and letting it land where it may.  Then lightly rake to cover.

If you are putting out started seedlings from indoors, its best to wait until the frost has passed.

Growing Instructions

You will want to water fairly frequently, though not overly heavily. Flax does best in moist but not soggy soils. Good drainage is important.

Harvest and Storage

Your seeds are ready to harvest when the large seed pods are yellow and starting to split open.

Cut the pods from the plants, and spread them out somewhere where they can dry further (not out in direct sunlight). Once the seeds are dead ripe and cannot be dented with a fingernail, you just have to separate them from their seed pods. For a small harvest, you can manually pop open each pod and take out the 4 to 6 small seeds inside.

If you have more flax to deal with, you can crush all the seed pods at once (also called threshing), by whatever means you wish. You can put them in a bag or pillowcase, and beat them against a railing or a chair, or even crush them underfoot.

Then you can use a fan or the wind to help sort the seeds from the debris. This step is called winnowing. Use a couple of containers, or even do it over a large sheet. Just pour handfuls of the debris from several feet up, and let the wind blow out the lighter pieces of leaves and seed pod. The heavier seeds will fall straight down.

As long as the seeds are completely dry, you can store them in any tight container for 2 years at room temperature. It can also be stored in the refrigerator.

For an expected harvest yield, a quarter acre of flax will provide you with at least a bushel of seed.


CategoriesFlax Seed Nutrition

Making a Flax Seed Heat Wrap

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Flax seed wraps are easy and fun to make.
The biggest question we receive about the wraps is "How many cups of flaxseed is in a pound?" The answer is, "One cup of flax seed weighs approximately 6.5 oz. A two pound bag will supply you with approximately 5 cups of flaxseed."
The other question is "How much flax seed do you put in a wrap?" That question is a little tougher as it depends on the size and shape of the wrap. Generally enough flax seed is put into each pocket so the pocket is about 1/2 - 3/4 full. This pocket should be easy to sew closed as well as being flexible so it will form to the body. If not enough flaxseed is used, there will be dead spaces where there will be no heat.
Why use flaxseed instead of beans, corn, or rice? Flax seeds are very small so the wrap is very comfortable and conforming. Since flax seed is 30 to 40% oil, when heated in the microwave it retains a moist heat for a long period of time and can be heated over and over again. The beans, corn and rice all work for a short time, because they are all water based. Every time you heat them, some of the hydration is lost. Eventually, you have a wrap that can't hold heat anymore. That will not happen with flax seed as it is oil based and oil doesn't dehydrate. You can heat it hundreds of times and it will still hold the heat as well as the first time. The main concern with flax seed is to not overheat it. For each cup of flax seed used in a wrap, microwave for 1-2 minutes, depending on the fabric used and your microwave. It is always best to microwave for a shorter time and add 30 second intervals until you find the right timing.
Flaxseed also works great as a cold pack. Kids love these packs for their boo boos rather than the cold, drippy ice cubes. The seeds don't freeze solid, so they still conform to you.Flax Seed Heat Wrap


CategoriesFlax Seed For Crafts

How To Store Flax Seed

Friday, November 9, 2012

How to Store Flax Seed

The directions for storing flaxseed from us may vary from other sources.  We allow for the longest expiration date as the greatest of care is taken to send you the freshest flax seed possible.  

Our flaxseed is cold-milled which does not heat up the flaxseed when grinding.  We also frequently grind the flaxseed so when it arrives at your house it has not been sitting on a shelf for months.  With your proper care, your ground flax seed should stay fresh for one year.

When stored properly the flax seed will maintain a mild, nutty flavor.  As it gets older the flaxseed may take on a bitter aftertaste.

Whole Flax Seed
Whole flaxseed has a shelf life of two years.  It should be stored in a cool area.  It can be refrigerated or frozen if purchased in a large quantity and wanting to store it for an extended period of time.  Customers purchasing the 25 lb. bags have repackaged the flax seed into ziplock bags and stored them in the freezer, taking them out as needed.

 Ground Flax Seed
My favorite way to keep my flaxseed the freshest is to keep a small jar on the table ready for me to use in cooking or on cereal or sandwiches.  (Even though I promote and deal with flax seed on a daily basis, if it is not in front of me I forget to use it.)  The rest of the flaxseed I put into an opaque container and seal tight.  It is best to remove as much air as you can from the container. The two main factors for destroying ground flax seed is oxygen and light.  Keeping it sealed tight in an opaque container will ensure lasting freshness.   You may close the bag the flax seed is received in by pushing out as much air as possible and sealing as you chose.  This flax seed may then be put into either the refrigerator or freezer.  The flaxseed should stay fresh for a year. 

 Enjoy some of freshest flax seed around today.


CategoriesFlax Seed Nutrition

Flax Seed Pumpkin Bread

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Just in time for fall.  Cook up your pumpkins and make this great tasting pumpkin bread with flax seed.  The flax seed adds a delicious nutty flavor to your bread.  Not to mention the added health benefits of Omega 3, fiber, and protein.

Pumpkin 'N Spice Bread
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup canola oil
3 eggs
2 cups pumpkin
2 cups flour
1 cup ground flax seed
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Preheat oven to 350°.  Grease two loaf pans.  Blend sugar and oil thoroughly.  Beat in eggs until light.  Add pumpkin, blend.  Add flour, ground flaxseed, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt, and pumpkin pie spice.  Beat on load speed until blended.  Pour batter into greased loaf pans.  Bake for 1 hour.  When done, leave in pans for 15 minutes to cool.  Remove from pans. Sprinkle with confectionary sugar if you'd like.

Grab a cup of coffee and ENJOY!!




CategoriesFlax Seed Recipes

Healthy Life Expo

Monday, October 8, 2012
OCT 20-21, 2012 ~ Healthy Life Expo 

Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm

Minneapolis Convention Center – Hall C - 1302 2nd St - Minneapolis, MN - 55403

Join us on the weekend of October 20th-21st to see the latest in women’s & men’s health, weight Loss, fitness, nutrition, longevity, and how to become the healthiest you, you can be! Midwest’s largest Health show. Women’s & Men’s Health, Weight Loss, Fitness, Nutrition, Longevity, and how to be Healthy - It's all here! Explore up to 200 exhibitors offering everything for health, balance and success in all areas of life. 3 Stages of exciting speaker presentations, demonstrations and live entertainment. Product sampling, hourly drawings and free health information. The SMARTEST place to get the free tips to start living a healthier life.

Don’t miss this attraction!

Tim Fort, a.k.a., “The Kinetic King,”
will appear at the Expo, Sat., Oct. 20, 10a to 5p

The self-proclaimed “King of Kinetic Art” will demonstrate his “Clever Lever Gadget” in the afternoon. Fort, who auditioned for “America’s Got Talent” in 2011 but failed to become one of the top ten contestants (he came in 13th), builds fantastic room-sized structures with painted sticks, then knocks them over (he calls it “detonation”) like dominoes. He has performed his art for the St. Paul Art Crawl, the American Society for Quality in Anaheim, Calif., and the Tucson Festival of Books.

Admission $6 or FREE with a donation for the Food Shelf


Print this page for 10% off your purchase                                Admission $6 or FREE IF YOU PRINT TICKETS AT: www.mediamaxevents.com/vip and come see my booth


CategoriesNews and Events

Flax Seed: Omega-3 Supplement

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Flaxseed: Omega-3 Supplement

The omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are known as essential fatty acids.  They are called essential because they are “essential for life”.  They cannot be produced by the body, so you must consume them  in your diet to obtain them.  These fatty acids maintain the structure of cell membranes, necessary for the regulation of nutrients passing in and out of your cells.  They also enable the transport and metabolism of cholesterol in the body.

Flax seed is one of the best plant sources of Omega-3 fatty acids. The oil from the seed is low in saturated fat, has a moderate amount of monounsaturated fat, and is high in polyunsaturated fat. Saturated fat – 9%

Monounsaturated fat – 18%

Polyunsaturated fat – 73%   Of the polyunsaturated fats 57% is omega-3 and 16% is omega-6.

 

There has been much discussion about the importance on the omega-3 to omega-6 ratio.  Today’s elevated omega-6:omega-3 ratio is partly attributed to the vegetable oils currently available and consumed that are high in the omega-6.  Some researchers believe that too much of one can interfere with the other.  Flaxseed can significantly help with this ratio due to its high omega-3 content.

 

Flax seed is very readily available and a sustainable product.  It is great for those on a strict vegetarian diet that does not allow the consumption of fish.

 

Supplement your diet today with flax seed and benefit from its high omega -3 and fiber content.


CategoriesFlax Seed Nutrition

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2012 Stunt riding

Monday, August 6, 2012
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2012
Sturgis Motorcyle Rally 2012 - 72nd Annual
Stunt bike riding is happening right out the front door of the South Dakota Experience Tent in Sturgis, SD. 
When you check it out, stop in the tent for flax seed cookie samples, and flaxseed granola bar samples.  There is lots to see here.
CategoriesNews and Events

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Saturday, August 4, 2012
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2012Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2012
Purity Seeds has made it to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Sturgis, SD 72nd Annual, 2012.  We are in the South Dakota Experience tent at 960 Main St.  We have samples of flax seed cookies and granola bars.  We also have our flaxseed here. 
Come in and tell us  you seen this on the blog to receive a special deal. 
CategoriesNews and Events

When do you harvest flax seed?

Friday, July 27, 2012
Flax seed bollsFALL IS PRIME TIME FOR HARVESTING FLAXSEED

As you can see in the picture, the flax is ready to harvest.  The flax seeds are found in the bolls on the plant.  We are beginning to swathe our flax today.  This is a little early as it is normally done in August.  Everything is early this year because of the warm spring.  Field work was done ahead of schedule this spring, which also makes harvesting ahead of schedule.

After the flax lays in a windrow for a couple of days to allow the weeds to dry out, we will begin to combine it. Flax is usually a fairly weedy field for us as we use no chemicals on it. We will store the flax seed until we are ready to clean it this winter.

Trivia:  Each boll contains 8 - 10 seeds.



CategoriesFlax Seed Nutrition
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