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How to Soak and Dehydrate Nuts

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Last Updated on November 28, 2020

 

HOW TO SOAK NUTS

Ok, I mentioned that I was soaking nuts to see if it would help with my allergy to them and it has helped.   Soaking and dehydrating them allows me to enjoy them as a treat only.   Too many and I start to have issues.

So why does soaking help?  Nuts and seeds contain phytic acid which are the plants’ natural defense against being eaten by humans and animals.  They cause digestive issues. However, we can trick the seed to release these chemicals by soaking them.  I’m not going to get into the science of this so click the link if you want to learn more.    Soaking is super easy but you have to plan head (which is not always easy).

What you need

2 cups of nuts

1/2 tablespoon of sea salt

filtered water

 

 

HOW TO SOAK NUTS

Add your sea salt to a large bowl

HOW TO SOAK NUTS

Whisk the sea salt into a cup of water until it is completely dissolved.

HOW TO SOAK NUTS

Add the nuts and cover completely with the filtered water.  I like to cover the nuts with a good amount of water because some will double in size from soaking.   Cover with a plate and set in a warm place – like your oven with the light on.

HOW TO SOAK NUTS

I’ve let the nuts soak for 15 hours.  You can get away with this with most nuts except cashews which you will only want to soak  for 7 hours.

Notice how milky the water looks.  Each type of nut will leave a different kind of residue in the water.  I’m soaking some pecans as I type and the water is dark brown.

HOW TO SOAK NUTS

Drain the nuts and rinse them to get off all the residue.

HOW TO SOAK NUS

I have an Excalibur dehydrator so I dry them at 125 degrees for  12  hours or until crispy.  The longer you dry them the crispier they will get. If you have an oven, turn the oven to the lowest setting and dry for  12 hours until crispy.  I want to note that I have taken them out of the dehyrdator after 5 hours and while they are dry and edible, they are not super crispy like they are after 12 hours.

HOW TO SOAK NUTS

A before shot of the nuts going into the dehydrator.

how to soak nuts

The finished product!

nikko

Tuesday 15th of April 2014

I sprout my almonds and peel the skin off, they taste quite nice in that form. I will have to look into a dehydrator at some point.

Kelly Bejelly

Saturday 19th of April 2014

I love my dehydrator Nikko but it takes up a lot of space in my kitchen. I'll have to try that next time.

kait

Wednesday 19th of February 2014

How long do the nuts keep after being soaked?

Kelly Bejelly

Thursday 20th of February 2014

If they are dried until crispy, I would say a month in a tightly closer container.

Maryann

Friday 18th of January 2013

i have never done this. I have looked into it but haven't done it.

Robin @ Mom Foodie

Thursday 6th of December 2012

It's interesting how many plants are actually fighting back against us eating them. So glad I don't have any nut allergies. I love me some nuts, like a chubby squirrel.

Billie

Saturday 24th of November 2012

I don't have any allergies that I know of, but I also don't like many nuts other than peanuts.