This handy tip replaces the need to use flour as a thickener in stews and casseroles.
Chia Seeds pre-soaked in 225ml of water are used instead. It’s a tip Georgina, from my local health shop, in Blackrock gave me.
Georgina also let me know that along with being used as a thickener chia seeds have the added benefits of being packed with fibre, protein, omega 3 and lots more good stuff .
Georgina suggested soaking the seeds in 225ml of water overnight and the next morning you wil have a jelly-like mixture. Add to your stock or water to be added to stews, casseroles and the like.
However as I was in a rush instead of soaking overnight I used just 225ml of boiled water and let them soak for 2 hours. They did turn into jelly-like mixture and did give a thickness to the stew I was making.
So great to replace flour and also you get the extra nutrients.
8 fl oz or 225 ml of water
1 tablespoon Chia Seeds
Place in a jug and soak overnight.
By then the seeds will have turned into a gel-like consistency.
It is then ready to add to your stock or water before adding to your stews or casseroles.
If you are in a rush my quick method will be a handy substitute but the overnight is better.