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The Best Way to Store Flax and Chia Seeds

April 7, 2014
Elizabeth Rider

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 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. Less Dishes: Most of these superfoods are easy to pour out of the jar, less scoops and spoons means less dishes. Sprinkling 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! 

Elizabeth Rider is a Board Certified Holistic Health Counselor (AADP) and Certified Health Coach. Her philosophy isn’t just about eating well; it’s about all of the other aspects of life that makes us human, too. From personal relationships to career, spirituality to finances—and more—Elizabeth isn’t joking when she says whole living. As the creator of the 21-Day "Clean Up Your Diet" Program, Enlightened Living International, and her popular Whole Living Blog, cultivating the ideal lifestyle isn't her passion; it's her religion.