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2-3 Yr Old Ground Flax Seed, Bad?


#1

I just found a bag of ground flax seed that must be about 2-3 years old in the back of my pantry. It is completely sealed, but I am wondering does flax seed go bad? There is no expiration date on the bag. Thanks.


#2

anything with oil (fat) can go bad. i'd say chances are its bad.


#3

unless vaccumm sealed, chuck it

fats + air + time = rancid


#4

Ground flax goes bad very fast.


#5

I keep my ground flax sealed and refridgerated and try to use it within roughly a week.


#6

Perfect. I'm sure it lasts more than a week, but flax is cheap and easy to grind, so you might as well use stuff that's fresh. You can get seeds for like 1.29 a pound at whole foods.


#7

Well, I say 'roughly a week' but I honestly don't know how long I leave it.

It has an interesting smell, almost fishy...


#8

lol I'm sorry, but Mikey...that's the most ridiculous avatar picture I've seen in a long time.

However, it's better than not having any picture at all. =)


#9

So you like Thomas the Tank Engine?


#10

The fats will certainly be rancid. Toss it.

Whole seeds can last a long time if kept in the freezer.