View Full Version : Why are my crackers and breads bitter?
01-27-2008, 08:43 PM
I have made crackers and bread mostly from flax and millet or quinoa or buckwheat but more than once they have been slightly bitter, what am I doing wrong? I thought maybe I needed to soak the flax seeds before grinding? I really want to make great crackers because I do need something heavier to eat some days. IF someone can tell me fail free recipe i will follow it to a T. Thanks
01-27-2008, 09:04 PM
With flax you either grind or soak, not both.
Sounds to me as though your sprouts have gone bad or, you've dehydrated at too low a temp.
01-27-2008, 09:10 PM
quinoa can be bitter if not rinsed thoroughly... maybe you're not rinsing enough???:confused:
01-28-2008, 01:09 PM
You aren't using pre-ground (like bought in a package ground up already) are you? Ground flax goes rancid pretty quick and I can't believe they sell it that way.
01-28-2008, 07:52 PM
no I am grinding my flax seeds myself and the temp is 105, I am using about 1/2 half of quinoa. I still don't know but if someone can tell me a great flax recipe or an bread type, I will follow it to a T. Thanks
01-28-2008, 08:11 PM
this is a recipe that i've kinda come up with. and i mean kinda cause i have edited a few things to my liking and you can do the same, but they come out great.
-1/4 cup sunflower seeds
-1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
-1/4 cup brown flax seeds
-1/4 cup golden flax seeds
*(do whatever combo works for you, i have played with this myself as well and they still come out good)*
-soak eveything for at least an hour, preferably up to 4 hours, but no than 4. keep the water level just barely above the seeds. *the mixture will become gelatinous, but that is normal*
-after soaking drain off any extra water, or don't (depends upon how much extra water is there, you don't want a lot, anything that is barely above the seeds is fine)
-place in food processor with any other ingredients you want, such as veggies and spices. i make mine with a TON of garlic, a little onion, maybe some bell pepper, salt, a little cayenne pepper, italian seasoning, etc (you get the idea)
-process for about 30 seconds, stop and scrape down the sides and repeat a few more times.
-i have a cheapo round dehydrator w/temp control and just rub a dab of coconut oil on the fruit roll tray, spread the mixture on the tray(s), put in the dehydrator at 105 degrees and after about 24 hours i flip them and transfer to just the plain plastic tray(s). then dehydrate until crispy (about 8-12 more hours).
*if you have an excalibur dehydrator i'm sure the drying time would be less and also i wouldn't apply the coconut oil to the paraflex. i only apply it to my fruit roll trays cause if i don't they stick pretty bad. and if you do have a round dehydrator you might want to rotate the trays if you have more than 1 tray drying. i rotate mine about evey 6-8 hours. this recipe does make a little bit over 2 trays on my round dehydrator, just so you know.*
so i don't think i can get any more specific with details and i hope this helps. good luck and if you have anymore questions don't hesitate to ask. i'll do my best to answer them.
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