View Full Version : Do nuts and seeds ALWAYS need to be soaked?
08-14-2006, 12:44 PM
I thought,in order to activate the enzymes in seeds and nuts they always had to be soaked but it seems in some of alissa's recipes they are not. Is this ok? Will this cause poorer health in the long run? I know some recipes won't turn out the same if you use soggy almonds instead of raw, dry ones. Confused.
08-14-2006, 01:46 PM
I honestly don't like the taste of soaked nuts,And i never soak them.I know your supposed to but i just dont like the taste so i eat them dry.
08-14-2006, 02:40 PM
- Not all nuts need to be soaked (I know walnuts and cashews usually do not and there are a few others I'm forgetting)
- Some recipes (and not just Alissa's but many others) call for unsoaked nuts because using soaked nuts would make for a very mushy (not to mention unappetizing) dish. It really depends on the recipe and the desired outcome.
- Which is better, a cup of unsoaked nuts in a recipe that you more than likely won't eat the whole thing in one sitting or a bag of chips that you more than likely "could" eat in one sitting?
- If you are really convicted to soak every nut and seed, you can always soak, then dehydrate to dry them so they're not all wet and mushy.
Just remember, this is for the most part all in transition! If you're just starting out, you will be fine as your body gets cleaner and adapts to eating raw and soon you may find you don't even eat a lot of nuts or nut-based recipes and therefore, none of this will even matter! :)
08-14-2006, 03:10 PM
good question, I myself was also wondering if I am supposed to soak flax seeds before making flax chips? I have been making them just ground up, but wasn't sure if that was the right way? :)
08-14-2006, 03:17 PM
I keep soaked almond in my fridge for nut milk or other things. I kinda like the taste of them soaked, but would prefer dry any day!!
08-14-2006, 09:56 PM
I keep a 1/2 gallon jar of soaked almonds in the frige for quick use. Some get dehydrated back to 'crunchy'.....some get honey, cayenne and salt!!!mmmm
I grind flax before making crackers...got a bunch going now. I only soak cashews for a short time if recipe says to. Got Brazil nuts, soaked 'em, hubby loves them....ack! not me. :eek:
08-14-2006, 10:22 PM
I soak all nuts and seeds for 12 hours.
08-14-2006, 10:41 PM
If you grind flax seeds to make crackers, dont u lose all nutritional value? Arent you supposed to consume the flax ground up rather quick? If you dehydrate it, wont it lose all its merit? Thats what I heard, Martha Stewart told me. LOL
Also I keep reading that nuts are mainly transitional foods. I have been raw for almost a year. I have been eatin very little nuts. I want to start so I can gain weight, so every-body is different. I always here that though, Oh nuts are mainly for transition. Not me, I have kept it simple this whole year, eating mainly mono meals etc. Now I crave more nuts and complex recipes. Now my body is strong enuff to handle it well. Hehe yeah for me!
08-18-2006, 10:19 PM
:D Just chew well.
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