Flaxseed contains omega-3 fatty acids and fiber according to the Mayo Clinic. Flaxseed is a simple way to add nutritional value to your recipes. Some people add flaxseed to their salads and smoothies. You should use ground flaxseed because whole flaxseed is not easily digestible. It is a good idea to grind your own flaxseed, because ground flaxseed does not have a long shelf life. You can store whole flaxseed in an airtight container and grind flaxseed as you need. This keeps the flaxseed at the freshest possible state, giving you all the health benefits and flavor.
Purchase whole flaxseed from a grocery store, health food store or organic supply store. When purchasing the flaxseed, look for seeds that are shelved in cooler areas of a store. Flaxseeds are fresher when stored in a cool area versus an open, well-lit shelf.
Measure out the amount of flaxseed you need to grind. One tablespoon of whole flaxseed will make 1 teaspoon of ground flaxseed.
Place the flaxseed inside a regular coffee grinder.
Close the lid on the coffee grinder and press the button to grind the seed for 30 seconds. Open the lid and look at the consistency of the flaxseed. The seed should have a light brown color. If the seed still appears dark in color, grind for another 30 seconds.