Saturday, March 21, 2015

Egg Replacements

Gluten Free
Both flax seed and chia seeds can be used as egg replacements. One pound of either type of seeds can replace up to 45 eggs. Both seeds can accomplish the same goals as eggs: they can act as a binder in baked goods and other recipes like veggie burgers, add moisture to baked goods and help baked goods rise.
To substitute for one egg:
1. Use a food processor, spice grinder or mortar and pestle (if you want to work your guns) and grind 1 tablespoon of flax or chia seeds into a meal. Only grind up as much as you need. You can buy the seeds already ground up but since they contain oil, it shortens their shelf-life. If you do buy pre-ground meal or want to grind up more than one recipe’s worth, store them in an airtight container and keep them in the fridge or freezer. One cup of seeds will give you approximately 1 1/3 cup of meal.
2. Mix the ground seed meal with 3 tablespoons of water or other liquid. The liquid should be room temperature or warm. This speeds us the gelling process while cold liquids seem to slow it down. Allow it to sit for 5 to 10 minutes until it turns into a thick gel similar to a raw egg. This gel, also known as mucilage, pulls together when heated, acting as a binder.
3. Use as you would an egg in your cooking or baking.

- One Green Planet