1. Always buy the freshest sunflower seeds that you can find. Sunflower seeds have a fairly short shelf life.
  2. Use raw, unsalted sunflower seeds for baking and hot cereal. Sprinkle raw sunflower seeds on salads for a delightful, healthy crunch.
  3. Add 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds per loaf to your favorite bread recipe. If you add sunflower seeds to a bread mix, the seeds will absorb part of the water and the mix will be too dry. You can experiment by adding a little more water.
  4. Try sunflower seeds in homemade granola. We think you will enjoy homemade granola much more than store-bought.
  5. Store sunflower seeds in a cool, dark location. (The refrigerator is ideal.) Both heat and light accelerate the oxidation that turns fats rancid. Discard any sunflower seeds that taste stale.
  6. Freeze sunflower seeds that are not to be used in the next several months. Sunflower seeds will last a very long time in the freezer.
  7. If you find a great buy on sunflower seeds and you are sure that they are fresh, stock up and store them in the freezer.
  8. Serve sunflower seeds often; they are high in healthy fats, fiber, and Vitamins E. Researchers believe that sunflower seeds benefit the heart and have anti-inflammatory effects. Because of the high fat content, limit consumption to a handful at a time.
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