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08-11-2007, 03:27 PM
I was just wondering if anybody can give me more information on soaking and dehydrating nuts. How long does one dehydrate each kind of nut after soaking them? I soaked cashews overnight and dehydrated them for close to 12 hours, but they still were so soft and didn't have much flavor. Does the soaking change the flavor that much then? And does all the nuts have to be soaked before eating them? I am also confused about soaking and sprouting. I just soak my nuts, but I have read of people also sprouting them. Do they have to be soaked and then sprouted for better digestion?
08-11-2007, 03:38 PM
Do you have Alissa's book? She explains this pretty thoroughly.
Here's the deal - nuts come with enzyme prohibitors. Soaking and sprouting and dehydrating releases that prohibitor making them way more easily digested. I personally don't soak cashews, but then again I don't just munch on them either. I use them in recipes. I normally soak almonds, walnuts, pecans and then dehydrate to munch on. To me they taste sweeter.
Dehydrate your cashews longer if you want them crunchier. Or use them in a recipe.
When one consumes raw foods, you are eating foods that come with their own little enzyme goodness and your body doesnt have to dig into it's enzyme supply to help digest these foods. Your body can then do other things, like heal, mend and such.
08-11-2007, 05:54 PM
No, I don't have Alissa's book yet, but I am trying to source a good place to get it as I live in Canada. I am wanting to avoid paying alot of shipping costs. However, I did check out the DVD at our library, which only carries it and not the book. Anyway, thanks for your reply, veganforlife. I did want to ask you how long you dehydrate the different nuts and do you actually sprout them before dehydrating or is soaking good enough to release the enzymes? I will keep working on getting her book.
08-11-2007, 06:05 PM
I soak them anywhere from 12-48 hours. They won't "sprout" like get tails and such. If you aren't going to use them right away - dehydrate them. If you are going to use them right away or within a couple days - keep in fridge...there's a thread going around about obtaining her book in Canada. I know there are others from there that have gotten it so maybe someone will be so kind as to offer their assistance?
08-12-2007, 05:06 PM
hi, I'm a newbie and this sprouting of the nuts has been a personal mission. My first few batches were totally soggy etc.
so yesterday, I got some organic almonds and soaked them for about ten hours with one rinse in the middle
now they are sitting to sprout and i built what seems to be a miracle sprouter! I took the filter out of my juicer and set it on a mason jar, filled it with the almonds, and then covered it with a glass bowl so I can watch.
the strainer/filter keeps them from getting moldy
it was less then 24 hours and their little tips are popping open. i have rinsed them twice and i will wait until tomorrow to try them. maybe dehydrate a little if they are moist
I gave one to my friend's six year old and he said "they are just like the other ones (the processed ones) only much much better. I think we should have them for dessert"
I agree that I don't have to soak my cashews, they seem to digest fine without it. and i basically stick to these two...:D
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