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MY TWO FAVORITE CRACKER RECIPES

SUNFLOWER SEED CRACKERS
based on a recipe in Living in the Raw, by Rose Lee Calabro

2 C sunflower seeds, soaked 6 hrs., rinsed, and drained
2 C flaxseed, finely ground
1 lg. onion
sea salt to taste
3 T Italian herbs (or 1 T each basil, oregano, and thyme
1 T chili powder (optional)
1 T garlic powder (optional)
1/2 – 1 C water

  • With the Champion juicer fitted with the blank plate, process the sunflower seeds into a large bowl. (Alternatively, grind very fine in a food processor)
  • Add remaining ingredients and mix well, to a medium thick dough. Add more water if you think you need it.
  • Spread mixture 1/4 “ thick on a teflex sheet on a dehydrator tray. Keep hands wet to make spreading easier.
  • Score the crackers with a spatula.
  • Dehydrate at 105 degrees for 5 – 6 hrs.
  • Remove each tray from the dehydrator. Place a dehydrator mesh screen over the crackers, place another tray over top of the screen, and flip the entire assembly. Remove the top dehydrator tray and peel off the teflex sheet.
  • Replace the trays in the dehydrator and continue dehydrating for another 5 – 6 hours, until the crackers are completely dry.


CORN CHIPS
based on a recipe from Lillian Butler

1 C almonds, soaked, rinsed, drained
1 C flax seed, finely ground
3 C corn kernels
1 yellow bell pepper
Oregano to taste
Chili powder to taste
Salt to taste
Water as needed

  • Process the almonds through a Champion juicer, with the blank plate, into a large bowl. (Alternatively, grind almonds fine in a food processor)
  • Process corn and bell pepper in a food processor.
  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Add water, if necessary, to form a stiff dough.
  • Spread mixture 1/4 “ thick on a teflex sheet on a dehydrator tray. Keep hands wet to make spreading easier.
  • Score the crackers with a spatula.
  • Dehydrate at 105 degrees for 5 – 6 hrs.
  • Remove each tray from the dehydrator. Place a dehydrator mesh screen over the crackers, place another tray over top of the screen, and flip the entire assembly. Remove the top dehydrator tray and peel off the teflex sheet.
  • Replace the trays in the dehydrator and continue dehydrating for another 5 – 6 hours, or until the crackers are completely dry.

STORING FLAX SEED AND FLAX SEED CRACKERS

I have just seen this on Raw Living Foods:

  • Whole flax seeds can be stored at room temperature for at least one year.
  • Ground flax can be stored at room temperature for at least four months.
  • Storing whole or ground flax in the refrigerator or freezer prolongs freshness.
  • Whole flax seeds and ground flax are stable during storage. 

My information is slightly different:

Yes, you can store whole flax seeds at room temperature or below for up to a year.

Ground flax seeds are open to oxidation and are likely to go rancid quickly if they are not stored in the freezer (I would not take the chance. I usually grind my flax seeds as I need them.  If you  buy ground flax seeds: once the package has been opened, they should be stored in the freezer)

As far as flax seed crackers go, once they are dehydrated, you are talking about a dehydrated product.  Dehydration does extend the life of the product.  

I have kept crackers containing ground flax seed in an airtight container at room temperature for as long as 3 months with no noticeable change, but it is probably better, particularly if you might not eat them right away to  put them in an airtight container in the refrigerator

My crackers do not usually stay around much more than a week or two at the most (they are my favorite snack when I have them around).