Knowing how you are supposed to eat it and whether you are even allowed to do so or not, is not the end of the story, but some people might become interested about the idea of growing chia seeds all by themselves and would appreciate it if they also knew how they are supposed to best store it. In some cases and with some seeds, there are special points to keep in mind and follow when it comes to storage because for example flax seeds should never be left in the sun, in air, or in hot places and that is why it is always better for them to be stored in refrigerators or else placed in proper jars that will give them the chance to live longer.
Storing Chia Seeds for the Best Results
According to some people, chia seed is considered just a flower plant that can bring them so many different benefits but which at the same time could be stored in any way they prefer, which is not true. This chia plant which originated from the mint family has its ways to be stored in order to live longer and in order to be usable by its people for a longer period of time.
Before you jump to the storing phase, it is first important to know why it is important for you to buy chia seeds in the first place. Chia seeds are believed to carry two times the amount of protein that could be found in any other seed, five times the amount of calcium that the body can get from milk as well as boron which is the trace mineral that helps to transfer the calcium to the bones, two times the amount of potassium that could come from bananas, three times the amount of antioxidants that were reported to come from blueberries, and three times more iron than what you could actually get from spinach.
All these different benefits and information should make you more eager to save the chia seeds that you managed to buy and store them for as much as you can in order to be able to eat them anytime you prefer. There are different ways to follow when it comes to storing chia seeds:
- Storing Chia Seeds Using Pantry
There are usually different storage techniques that you get to choose from according to the amount of times you use chia seeds during your day or week, and since they are supposed to be part of your daily diet, the first technique to use will give you the chance to store your chia seeds and at the same time use them easily whenever you want throughout your day, is the pantry. Store some chia seeds in a glass or plastic container with a tight lid; usually the antioxidants in the chia seeds will give them the chance to be stored in the dark light for months, which means that your cupboard is just the right place for them.
On the other hand, the ground chia seeds could be also stored in the same way in glass or plastic containers with tight lids, but the chia flour might be kept in a cool and dry place such as the pantry or the refrigerator. Chia seeds and chia flour could be both stored for months without getting rancid.
- Storing Chia Seeds in the Refrigerator
One of the famous recipes that could be done out of chia seeds is the chia gel, and that of course comes next to the whole chia seeds as well as the ground ones (chia flour). The chia gel is usually done by adding it to water – two tablespoons of chia seeds to eight ounces of water; you have to add the seeds to the water in order to avoid getting gel clump in the bottom of your glass, stir and then let it sit for 15 minutes, and then store it in the fridge in a glass or plastic container with a tight lid. This gel – unlike the whole or ground seed – will only last for two weeks when it is refrigerated or otherwise it might be inedible.
- Storing Chia Seeds for One to Five Years
There is a difference between storing chia seeds for your usage along the coming months or weeks and your storage for it along the coming years. It is important to know the lifelong of the things you are going to store; are you going to store them for years, until the dosage you already have gets all consumed, or are you deadly sure about storing it for the next couple of years? All these information will inspire you with the way to correctly store it.
If you want to keep your chia seeds edible after a couple of years, it is best to store them in a dry and cool place and try as much as you can to remove the air from them. One of the helpful and useful ways is to store your seeds in plastic bags with zips, remove the air as much as you can, and place these small plastic bags in galloons.
- Storing Chia Seeds Longer than Five Years
Although this does not usually happen since people prefer to buy small amounts of the things they are going to use instead of getting huge amounts and storing most of them, but in case you have this huge amount of chia seeds and want to store them in order to make them usable, you should follow the previous steps by storing your seeds in plastic bags with zippers but this time you will use your food saver and remove the air from the package completely then store these packages in the freezer.
How Long Do Chia Seeds Last?
One of the several different things that those who use chia seeds might do is buy huge amounts of them, letting all their friends and family get surprised, but this happens for different reasons; to share with the ones they love, because there are different uses for chia seeds and could be added to different dishes and recipes, and because they could actually live for a long period of time.
Chia seeds will not live forever with you, but they will manage to live for longer periods of time when you know how you are supposed to store them. There are different recognized forms of chia seeds; the whole, the ground, and the gel, and every one of them will be stored in a specific way and will live for a time interval that differs from the other.
Usually the whole and the ground chia seeds will live for up to five years when they are stored correctly in cool and dry places and could stay longer when you give them the chance to live in your freezer. But on the other side of the story, the chia gel that you produce will not live longer than two weeks and will only do that when stored in the refrigerator.
How to Grow Chia Seeds?
When it comes to chia seeds plant and growing them, there are different things to keep in mind and follow in order to succeed. It is better to save your money and instead of heading to the grocery store in order to buy some chia seeds, plant them yourself at the comfort of your own home. To grow chia seeds, you have to:
- Sprinkle Them on a Tray
There are different seeds which are considered best grown when they are kept in jars, but that does not work with chia seeds which will grow better when used with the sprinkle sprouting method. The sprinkle sprouting method requires you to add the same amount of water and chia to a tray, and after an hour pour out the water from the tray leaving the moistened chia seeds right there. Cover this tray with foil in order to keep the moisture; you will find that after approximately four days, the chia seeds will start to grow.
- Choose the Right Water
In order to grow your chia seeds faster, it is important to pay attention to the type of water you are using. There are different countries out there that add chlorine to their tap water, which will not serve the chia seeds to grow fast. Whenever you are about to grow your own chia seeds at home, make sure that your tap water does not carry any chemicals or else use the bottled water, or the water that passes first by a filtration system before you use it.
- Stay Away from Presoaking Chia Seeds
Just like those seeds which are considered best for them to grow in jars, there are also some types of seeds which need to be presoaked for 24 hours before they are placed in jars or transported to trays, which should never be the case with chia seeds. Chia seeds will most probably form that gel surface if they are soaked in water for a long period of time, which will in turn inhibit germination and cause the seeds to start rotting before they are even given their chance to grow.
- Grow Chia Seeds in Warm Places
If you decided to grow chia seeds at your place, you have to keep in mind that they are different from other seeds and vegetables that could grow in room temperature places and they need a warm place in order to grow. You could either use a space heater or a heating pad in order to maintain the temperature in which the chia seeds will grow in, which should be between 70 and 85 degrees during the germination and growth periods.
- Measure the Growth of Your Seeds
To make sure that everything is moving in the right direction and that your chia seeds are grown perfectly well and ready to be consumed, you have to know that chia seeds are considered best consumed when they have grown approximately ½ inch long. If you have grown a huge amount of chia sprouts and will not be able to eat them all at once, then you could store them in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 14 days because this will stop their growth and at the same time slow the formation of bacteria.
The best chia seeds out there are the ones that you manage to grow by your own hands and inside your own home, so try always to include those seeds in your daily meals and be the one who grows them as well. There are different things and different recipes that could give you the chance to use those chia seeds, but you should first store them correctly in order to know whether they are usable and edible or not.