Typically, I get ground organic flaxseed from a health food store, but I've had a vacuum sealed bag of whole flaxseed on my shelf for a few years. I never bothered with it until recently because I didn't have a grinder. I kept thinking I would get the grain grinder that attaches to my Kitchenaid mixer, but it never seemed a priority purchase. In the meantime, we bought a small hand grinder to use in an emergency.
Well, sometime last month as I was leaving for work, I mentioned to my husband that if he wanted some entertainment he could grind some of the whole flaxseed with that little grinder... just enough to fill the small container I use for ground seed. Being the kind and caring man that he is, I came home to freshly ground flaxseed.
Last night I used the last of it and needed to grind more, so this morning I pulled out the grinder and started to grind. And grind. And grind. I was rapidly getting a sore arm and only had a teeny tiny pile of the ground seed to show for it!! At this point my husband told me it had taken him forty minutes to grind the previous batch. Forty minutes! Oh my goodness that's true love!
"Are you kidding me?" I asked.
"There's gotta be a better way!"
With that, I pulled out our blender, dumped in some seed and hit the button labeled Grind. Woolah. I had a batch of flaxseed ground to perfection in a few blinks of the eye. You should have seen the look of disbelief and disgust on his face!
I grinned. "Honest... honey, I never even thought of using the blender until now!"
They say that necessity is the mother of all invention... well... I think laziness plays a large part too.