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4 July 2014

Number one seed

Linseed Meal                                                                                                 Photo: © childsdesign

The Linseed Farm is exactly that, a Sussex farm that grows linseed (or flax as it is sometimes known) and that means that its products always arrive at their freshest when you order them.
The Linseed Farm’s oil is ‘farm fresh’ meaning that the linseeds are pressed
on demand and only ever in small batches to ensure the oil is at its freshest – a small silver label on each bottle confirms that the seeds were cold pressed within the last 10 days.

The cold pressing and filtering method is completely natural and does not require the use of heat and solvents. This is important because linseed oil
is an unsaturated oil and if subjected to high temperatures its health-giving properties are destroyed. This is worth noting when using it in the kitchen –
do not use it to fry or roast food but use in things like dressings instead.

Not only does linseed taste great but it also very healthy too being one of the richest sources of omega 3 poly-unsaturated fatty acids and alpha linolenic acid and is particularly useful for those following a vegetarian or vegan diet.
Omega 3 has many benefits in the body including helping to support a healthy nervous and cardiovascular system as well as supporting healthy joints, skin, hair and nails.

Linseed meal is a great source of soluble fibre so is good for the digestive system and not only that, it is also a great source of protein too. Try it sprinkled over your breakfast muesli or porridge or adding to your baking. The oil is also an ideal addition to soups and smoothies.

AFT Kitchen Notes
The Linseed Farm sent us some of their products to try and although we regularly use whole linseeds, we’ve never used the oil. Some time ago
we had some linseed meal but we can say it did not compare to that from
The Linseed Farm.

Linseed Meal
We were very impressed by the quality and freshness of the linseed meal which smells wonderful with its almost cucumber/melon-like aroma.
The meal comes in a generous-sized 500g pack so we’ll have plenty with which to experiment.
We like the light and soft texture makes it ideal for baking lending a clean and slightly nutty taste and if you don’t mind the brown specks it is wonderful incorporated into shortcrust pastry.
Mixed into our morning muesli it is adding a whole new flavour as well as boosting the health benefits.

Photo: © childsdesign
Linseed Culinary Oil
We like to use a variety of oils in the AFT Kitchen, all with their own unique flavour and properties so it was nice to try something new for a change.
Ours came in a brown plastic bottle and although it looks very much like a receptacle for cough medicine don’t let that put you off. The practicalities of the container need to be taken into account – it is lighter for transportation and the dark colour protects the oil inside. However the culinary linseed oil is available in a tall glass bottle too.

The oil is a rich golden colour with a smooth light consistency with that wonderful smell reminiscent of grass, new mown hay mixed with a nutty background aroma.
The flavour is light too and a welcome change from olive oil and we’ve
been drizzling it over our salads and pasta and making some pretty
amazing dressings.

Even if you’re not into the health aspect that linseed products offer we’d definitely suggest adding them to your kitchen for the flavour alone and let the healthy part be an added bonus.

Over the coming weeks we will be posting some recipes using linseed oil and meal, so look out for some delicious ideas that not only taste good but have a little something extra that’s good for you too.

We are pleased to award The Linseed Farm our 'Artisan Food Trail Approved' status for their Culinary Linseed Oil and Linseed Meal.

To find out more about The Linseed Farm visit their page on The Artisan Food Trail here where you'll find links to their website for more in-depth information.

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