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rjez

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I love the gel but I'm having such a difficult time trying to strain the gel.

Once I let the seeds "steep" - the gel is so thick I have to hand press through a mesh strainer.  I've tried adding extra aloe vera juice to make it thinner but it still sits for hours on the metal strainer.

I've tried paper towels and cheesecloth but those tear (even with 3 layers).

I keep thinking I must be doing something wrong?

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Use much fewer seeds. The polysaccharide makes a strong gel.

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How about putting the seeds in a tea bag to keep them contained?  I think the gel would squeeze out around it, I remember seeing some tea bags you could purchase for bulk tea.

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Hannah - I'm using this recipe from Tengenese:

2 cups filtered water
1/2 c flax seed
1 T dried rosemary


and always end up adding about a cup of aloe vera juice (not gel) just to get a thinner consistency. 

LuvtoSmile - great idea.  I actually have some disposable tea bags so I'll try that.

I just reread and someone uses a muslin bag to strain.  I'll see if I can find one the next time I'm at the store.


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I agree with Hannah...I think you're using too many seeds. 1/2 cup sounds like a lot. I use 1 tablespoon of flax seed with 1 cup of distilled water (someone's recipe on this forum). The consistency is like a serum and I can use a regular kitchen strainer to skim off the seeds.

Hope that helps!

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where do you purchase muslin from?

thank you.
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Also called cheesecloth, you can buy it at JoAnn fabrics (on-line too).

http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat483848&PRODID=prd48129&source=search

I make my own cheese!!!!
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I used cheesecloth purchased at a kitchen specialty store but that stuff didn't work.  It's loosely woven and the weight pushed holes into the cloth. 

I was hoping muslin was more sturdy.  Oh well, I think using less seeds will be the best. 
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Hannah- how do you make cheese, interesting . .   And why do you make your own, health reasons?

Is it easy or difficult to do?  This might be a good project for my kids, they like that kind of stuff . . .

Thank you.
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I like a very common cheese in Argentina (white cheese) which is hard to get in England, so I started making my own. I would happily buy it ready made but did not find the equivalent here either.

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