Soaking Nuts

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Writing about plants' natural defense systems reminded me of the almonds I have soaking in my kitchen. A few months ago I learned that most nuts contain natural enzyme inhibitors to keep them from sprouting prematurely. Unfortunately, these compounds also make them more difficult for humans to digest. This problem is easily addressed by soaking the nuts for an extended period of time in saltwater before slowly drying them. The bonus is that this treatment results in the best tasting nuts you have ever had, bar none. It really is worth trying. They are exceptional.

Here is a post with details and soaking times for many types of nuts.

This is how I do mine.

  1. Measure 1 T. salt into a medium sized bowl, and fill the bowl about 2/3 full with drinking water. Stir to dissolve the salt.
  2. Add about 4 cups of raw almonds to the water, adding additional water to cover the nuts. They will expand as they soak, so make sure they are well covered with water.
  3. Let them sit for 8 hours (or up to 24).
  4. Drain the nuts and spread in a single layer on a large cookie sheet or roasting pan.
  5. Bake at your oven's lowest temperature until dry, crispy and delicious. In my oven this is 170 degrees for approximately 24 hours.
  6. Store in jars with tight-fitting lids in the refrigerator.

By: Marie Mio | May 3, 2014 03:00 PM | Permalink
Can I soak and roast and then make my own almond butter?

By: | Apr 28, 2014 09:36 PM | Permalink
Thank you for posting this and your recipe. I have also heard that roasting your nuts degrades all the good stuff in them and that you should always eat raw nuts. That raw nuts are healthy and roasting them changes something and that leads to them adding to weight gain. It's so hard to discern what is the truth out there. Has anyone else heard this, or am I just bonkers. I don't usually watch the show, but I think I saw that bit on Dr Oz, which could be the issue right there.

Can you soak them and then store them without roasting. that seems not ideal. And soaking each batch as you wish to snack is quite impractical. Has anyone tried to use their Excalibur to dry them, so they don't go above 105-110 and are still, technically considered raw?

Thanks for the topic again, and the conversation it creates.

By: | Apr 28, 2014 01:24 AM | Permalink
Thank you for posting this and your recipe.

I have also heard that roasting your nuts degrades all the good stuff in them and that you should always eat raw nuts. That raw nuts are healthy and roasting them changes something and that leads to them adding to weight gain. It's so hard to discern what is the truth out there. Has anyone else heard this, or am I just bonkers. I don't usually watch the show, but I think I saw that bit on Dr Oz, which could be the issue right there.

Can you soak them and then store them without roasting. that seems not ideal. And soaking each batch as you wish to snack is quite impractical. Has anyone tried to use their Excalibur to dry them, so they don't go above 105-110 and are still, technically considered raw?

Thanks for the topic again, and the conversation it creates.

By: | Apr 26, 2014 01:04 PM | Permalink
Recently someone suggested that I soak my almonds but I didn't understand why. Now I do and will try the recipe this weekend. Thanks!

By: phoebe mckell | Apr 25, 2014 02:06 AM | Permalink
Would this work with other nuts? Walnuts and hickory nuts, for instance?


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