How to Use Flax Seed as a Roux

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To some, gravy is a beverage as sacred as apple pie and the American flag. Tradition is admirable, however, if one is looking to lose weight and improve his or her overall health, some old habits need to be abandon. For decades, families have used a flour and butter roux to thicken gravy, sauces, and soups. We know that white flour leads to diabetes, butter clogs up the arteries and can cause heart disease or hardening of the arteries. Learn how to use nutritious Omega-3 rich flax seeds to thicken up those warhorse recipes. Flax seed also contains a significant amount of colon cleansing fiber.


Step 1

Purchase high quality, organic flax seed in bulk from the local whole foods market. Store the orbs in the refrigerator in an air-tight jar, plastic bag or container.

Step 2

Use an inexpensive generic coffee bean grinder to pulse the fibrous seed into a medium-fine grind. Grind only what you need. Place the remaining whole seeds back into the refrigerator.

Step 3

Stirring constantly, bring the selected liquid medium to a boil, add the ground flax seed, stir and wait until desired thickness is achieved. Add more ground seed if required. If it gets too thick, add more liquid.

Tips and Warnings

Add ground up flax seed to almost everything you eat. Always bring the liquid medium a boil in order for the flax to thicken. Flax is good colon food. Buy pre-ground flax seed only if whole is not available. Flax is brimming with fiber, so your GI tract will move along like a river in spring.

Things You'll Need

Fresh bulk flax seed, Pre-ground bulk flax seed, Coffee grinder, Storage container, Wooden spoon
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