I soaked chia seeds in milk overnight and kept them in the fridge. The next morning I did not find them very swelled.

What can I do to improve this.

  • Can you add more info? How old were the seeds? Why do you think they did not swell enough (and how much is that exactly)?
    – user34961
    May 15, 2018 at 9:46

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It is possible that the seeds did not look like they had swelled. While the seed itself looks like its size stays about the same, the "swelling" really comes from the fiber soaking up liquid, forming a gelatinous "blob" around each seed pod.

soaked chia seeds in their own gel

And how much they swell will also depend on how much liquid they're soaking in. This is a time-lapse video of chia seeds swelling as they soak in water.

But always better safe than sorry: If you don't feel comfortable eating what you've made because you don't think it reacted properly, discard it and try again with a different batch. The more you experiment with chia seeds, the more you'll know what behavior to expect from them.

  • I bought the roasted Chia seeds and I saoked them in the milk. Should i try water? Also, the milk is sufficient enough in which Chia seeds are soaked
    – user67158
    May 16, 2018 at 7:15
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    They should soak equally well in milk as in water. However, I've never tried soaking roasted chia seeds, so I don't know what to expect from that.
    – Erica
    May 16, 2018 at 12:17

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