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Substituting flaxseed meal + water for eggs


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Last night I was making meatballs. The recipe called for two eggs. Instead of the eggs I mixed three TBL flaxseed meal with six TBL water and let it sit for several minutes. Then I added it to the meatball mixture. I proceeded to form the meatballs and I found that the flaxseed mixture worked BETTER than eggs. It bound the balls together firmly and tasted great.

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What gave you the idea to do that? You say that the flaxseed meal worked better than eggs - in what way? By tasting great, do you mean that you could taste the flaxseed mixture?

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Flaxseed meal is used a lot in low-carb meatloaves and meatballs....I don't like the texture.

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Flaxseed meal is used a lot in low-carb meatloaves and meatballs....I don't like the texture.

Yes ... however, the OP described replacing eggs, which have practically no carbs, with flaxseed meal. I'd better understand the use of flaxseed meal if it was replacing bread crumbs

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To clarify, It's used as both an egg replacer and breadcrumb replacement in some low-carb recipes.

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I just don't want to look back and think "I could have eaten that."

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The best thing about a vegetable garden is all the meat you can hunt and trap out of it!

 

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I got the idea from the Bob's Redmill site. DiggingDogFarm provides the link. I have always assumed that eggs were added to meatballs to cause them to bind together. Flaxseed caused the meatballs to bind together better than eggs would. By tasting great, I guess I mean that the flaxseed lent a very mild, slightly nutty flavor to the meatballs.

And by the way, I did not add any breadcrumbs either. So the flaxseed substituted for both eggs and breadcrumbs.

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