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Flax gel...HELP I can't get it to strain

I just made some, and even in my fine strainer, it will not come out. It is gel like, smells great, but I would actually like to use it ;)
~Kristen
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]<<-working my way back to this!!
My hair when I was 17 and had no idea how to flatten it.

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  • dannysgirl777dannysgirl777 Posts: 70Registered Users
    okay, I added some water, and got it to go through. Whoo!
    ~Kristen
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]<<-working my way back to this!!
    My hair when I was 17 and had no idea how to flatten it.
  • Sweet CurlySweet Curly Posts: 32Registered Users
    Glad you got it strained. I just discovered last night that the golden flax seeds don't strain well at all compared to the dark ones. I've made this several times with the dark seeds and have never, ever had a problem straining. I boiled the dark ones for 30 minutes last time and they still strained fine.

    This time I mixed some golden ones in and only boiled for 10 minutes. The gel was MUCH thicker (I may have used more seeds this time though, didn't measure like I normally do) and there was no way I was straining this. Had to add more water, boil again for a few minutes to warm it up and thin it out and even then I had to press through the sieve with a spatula.

    I will say though that the golden seeds make a much thicker/nicer gel!
  • dannysgirl777dannysgirl777 Posts: 70Registered Users
    Good to know, I will try that next time. I am totally hooked.
    Glad you got it strained. I just discovered last night that the golden flax seeds don't strain well at all compared to the dark ones. I've made this several times with the dark seeds and have never, ever had a problem straining. I boiled the dark ones for 30 minutes last time and they still strained fine.

    This time I mixed some golden ones in and only boiled for 10 minutes. The gel was MUCH thicker (I may have used more seeds this time though, didn't measure like I normally do) and there was no way I was straining this. Had to add more water, boil again for a few minutes to warm it up and thin it out and even then I had to press through the sieve with a spatula.

    I will say though that the golden seeds make a much thicker/nicer gel!
    ~Kristen
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]<<-working my way back to this!!
    My hair when I was 17 and had no idea how to flatten it.
  • kathymackkathymack Posts: 9,999Registered Users
    While straining is the hardest part, it seems to get easier over time. My other thought is that it's so cheap and easy to make, you don't need to get every last drop from the seeds.
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  • afrosheenqueenafrosheenqueen Posts: 5,400Registered Users
    I make sure not to boil my down so much. I stir until I see gel form and stop while its mostly gel but still watery.
    4a/b Texlaxed hair w/ highlights. Medium texture & high porosity.

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  • namom3namom3 Posts: 40Registered Users
    I strain my gel through a nylon with kitchen tongs- lots of squeezing but well worth the troubles~
    No: heating tools, sulfates, cones, parabens
    Co-wash: Suave naturals (coconut and ocean breeze) Acct baking soda to clarify as needed
    DC: olive or almond oil with EO rosemary
    Style: Homemade flaxseed gel with aloe vera juice, epsom salt, and EO rosemary and lavender. Exploring various conditioners to use with the tightly curly method
    Want to try: adding different EO's to HFSG, growing out hair
    Always ISO: natural remedies for 3b curls!

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