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 Post subject: I've got a bag of amaranth past its use-by...
PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 10:05 am 
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because the things I tried to make with it before didn't really wow me, so I just left it in the cupboard. It was expensive though, so I'd like to use it if anyone has any good suggestions?

I have the vitamix dry container so I can make it into flour if necessary.

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 Post subject: Re: I've got a bag of amaranth past its use-by...
PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2013 4:12 am 
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I'm in the same situation as you! I might use it to make muffins or something, either ground up or whole. I tried it as breakfast porridge, but it was way too slimy for my taste. Maybe I'll also try to make my own puffed amaranth, to eat as cold cereal.

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 Post subject: Re: I've got a bag of amaranth past its use-by...
PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2013 5:23 am 
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Yeah, muffins could work as a way of disguising it... What I'm finding weird is that an internet search will usually come up with something I think looks nice, but either my search skills are off at the moment or there just is nothing!

I don't mind porridge type things occasionally but I'm not a massive fan of slimy textures in general.

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 Post subject: Re: I've got a bag of amaranth past its use-by...
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When I used it in my MoFo challenge I made the porridge thing in Viva Vegan and it was totally delicious. Not at all slimy, and you can totally let it firm up and fry it if you dont want it sloppy.

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 Post subject: Re: I've got a bag of amaranth past its use-by...
PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 9:40 am 
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you might want to sprout them. (but apparently they become untasty the larger they get.)
http://sproutpeople.org/amaranth.html

or you can put them in the garden for the wildlife. (and if some sprout, they may make a pretty plant.)

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 Post subject: Re: I've got a bag of amaranth past its use-by...
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Amaranth, porridge-style, is much better when mixed with something else. I liked it with quinoa and chia seeds as seen here:
http://tastespace.wordpress.com/2011/03 ... -porridge/

I've also used it as a burrito filling:
http://tastespace.wordpress.com/2010/11 ... -burritos/

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 Post subject: Re: I've got a bag of amaranth past its use-by...
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Bumped because I also have a bag of amaranth I don' really know what to do with.
I used in the spicy tempeh and broccoli from Vcon instead of pasta (I usually use millet, so I tried a change) and it was good, but very sticky.
What would be the best way to bring out amaranth's possibilities? I'm not a fan of porridge that cooks for 30 minutes, I don't have that kind of time in the morning.
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 Post subject: Re: I've got a bag of amaranth past its use-by...
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Me too! I have been meaning to make amaranth bars for a few months now.

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 Post subject: Re: I've got a bag of amaranth past its use-by...
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I've just boiled up a cupful, and I'm thinking about making a variation on this (not vegan) recipe - http://www.tartineandapronstrings.com/2 ... h-patties/ . I figure since it's quite sticky stuff it doesn't really need an egg to bind it. I don't have any breadcrumbs either, but my mum just dips her rissole type things in seasoned flour so I might try oat flour.

ETA: I found another bag that needed using, also past it's use by, but I'm not still talking about the first bag here.

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 Post subject: Re: I've got a bag of amaranth past its use-by...
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Okay, so I made sort of... savoury cookies? with the stuff last night. Mixed some bouillon powder and a bit of chipotle paste with the amaranth, then when it was cooled down somewhat I added chopped red onion, minced garlic and a grated carrot. Formed them into mini burger shapes, dipped them in oat flour seasoned with more bouillon powder and some smoked paprika and put them on a greased baking sheet in a medium-hot oven for about 20 minutes.

They taste quite nice. They would have probably been even nicer fried but I don't have a decent frying pan at the moment. Also they spread more than I was expecting them to (well, I wasn't really expecting them to spread at all, they didn't spread a huge amount but probably would have done so if I hadn't made them pretty flat to begin with).

I might make a variation on this again with the remains of the bag, probably with added breadcrumbs to lighten and stabilise the mixture a bit more. It might even be the impetus I need to buy a little frying pan, which I've been meaning to do for ages.

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