This tip comes from The Dollar Stretcher Newsletter. It has some really neat ideas for saving money on a variety of topics, including cooking!
I’ve never purchased milled flaxseed but I might have to give this tip a try! (I recently learned that regular flax seeds are not digestible by the body, and they must be ground up into a flour or powder to get their full benefit….just use your coffee bean grinder!)
Instead of Eggs in Baking
If you aren’t a big fan of fish, but you really want to get those super healthy Omega 3 oils in your diet or you’re trying to lower your cholesterol, raise your fiber intake, etc. I have the tip for you!
There is a whopping 2600 mg of Omega 3 oils per two tablespoons of milled flax seed. Instead of using eggs in your every day baking needs, you can replace one egg with one tablespoon of milled flax seed plus three tablespoons of water. You get the same end result with no change in taste! I use this tip in every recipe that calls for eggs, including sweets, bread, casseroles, etc.
You also save money by doing this. I get milled flax seed at my local grocery store (in the baking section) under the Hodgson Mill brand. One box contains 52 tablespoons of milled flax seed (equal to 52 eggs) at $1.42 per box opposed to roughly $5.72 per 52 eggs (at the cheapest price). Here’s to your health and pocketbook in 2008!
Melissa K. in Cicero, IN
UPDATE: I’ve learned that you should not mill your flax seeds until you are ready to use them -it will go rancid if left too long before use so keep any unused milled flaxseed in the fridge.
Here are some links to learn more about flaxseed: