The Best Way To Store Flax & Chia Seeds

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How To Store Flax Chia Seeds

Superfoods, like chia seeds, flax seeds, goji berries and more, are becoming commonplace in kitchens across the world. Now that we all know what they are and why we should eat them, it’s time to learn how to store them properly.

The BEST way to store flax and chia seeds – and all superfoods – is in a glass mason jar in the refrigerator.

It sounds simple, but storing your superfoods this way is super important. Here’s why:

1. Easy Access: You can see what you have and how much you have left.

Too many opaque containers get pushed to the back of the refrigerator, and you might not even know they’re there. Storing them in a see-through container means you’ll use more of them, more often.

Tip: use a label or masking tape to add the name and expiration date to the lid if there’s a chance you won’t use it by the expiration date or if you might forget what’s in the jar.

2. Extended shelf life: Nuts and seeds contain delicate oils, and those oils can quickly spoil.

Storing them in the refrigerator will extend their shelf life; this will save you money in the long run. Mason jars can also be sealed tightly, which keeps the air out and helps prevent oxidation. Throwing away expired food is sad for everyone.

Note: If your superfoods came in a package on the shelf – flax and chia seeds often are – that’s perfectly fine. Some companies vacuum seal their packages to store at room temperature to be shelf-stable. Just store it in the refrigerator after you open them.

3. Fewer dishes: Most of these superfoods are easy to pour out of the jar; fewer scoops and spoons mean fewer dishes.

Sprinking your favorite superfoods onto salads and into the blender with your smoothie ingredients has never been easier. Use the lid as a guide if you have a heavy pouring hand.

4. They’re inexpensive: Mason jars are inexpensive and can be found online or at a hardware store.

I’ve found them in packs of 12 for less than a dollar each. Bonus! They also make excellent drinking glasses and flower vases. You can store your green drinks in them, too.

5. They’re good for the environment: Glass jars are reusable and last forever.

Plus, glass is non-reactive, so you can feel good about storing food in them for long periods of time.

Tip: Mason jar companies now make BPA-free plastic lids that are cheap and are a little easier to open than the traditional metal canning lids. The metal canning lids can also rust after multiple uses, so these new white lids are awesome. I found them at my local hardware store for just a few dollars.

Here are a few of the superfoods that are always find in mason jars in my refrigerator:

  • Raw almonds
  • Raw hemp seeds
  • Ground flaxseeds
  • Raw sunflower seeds
  • Cacao (raw cocoa powder)
  • Chia seeds
  • Dried goji berries

And once you master the basics above, here are nine more superfoods that you can try.

Happy superfood shopping!

9 Comments...
  • Dmember

    “FEWER” (not LESS) SCOOPS AND SPOONS ….. :)

    Thanks for the good article!

  • Nyita Doria

    I got a load of seeds, chia, amaranth, poppy, sesame, flax seeds etc. Would it be okay to freeze them in zip lock bags? there is no way they’d fit in my fridge, I’d need over 20 jars and I don’t have them, nor the room in the fridge. Although I do have a big chest freezer. Thanks for the help

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  • Marietta

    I bought bagged chia seeds off the shelf. After opening them I put them back in my pantry and didn’t realize until two days later they were suppose to be refrigerated. Are they still ok to use? TIA!

    • Raechelle Peterson

      I did the same. Oops. Did anyone answer your question?

  • Terri

    Wondering if they can also be frozen?

    • I don’t think there is a need to since they last at least 6 months in the fridge. But you can store nuts and seeds in the freezer, but be sure to used a straight-edged container as curved edge containers can break in the freezer if the glass expands.

  • Audrey Hunt

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