This is my very first question. Although I've been 75% raw for a while I still have alot to learn regarding recipes, food combining, dehydrating, sprouting and such.
When I buy raw nuts (cashews, almonds etc) I didn't realize that I was to
soak them to activate the enzymes. I like to eat raw nuts as part of my diet.
I do not have a dehydrator (yet).
My question is: Do I soak nuts for a period of time and let them air dry?
Then eat them. Or must I use a dehydrator?
I am not incorporting the nuts in a recipe just want to eat them by hand.
You could always dry them with a paper towel. I find that if we don't dehydrate them, we need to eat them more quickly. So perhaps soak what you are going to eat. The rule of thumb is 12 hours or overnight but you can always find the exact time for each nuts. I don't soak macadamia or pine nuts.
Hi there. Ideally yes you should soak nuts, then dehydrate. Do you have Alissa's book? She explains this thoroughly. Also if you do a search, a lot of information has been discussed regarding this.
Congrads on becoming Raw!
I usually soak a serving over night & eat it the next day. I dry it off with a paper towel & let them sit in the fridge for an hour or two....that's just my personal preferance on how I like them.
When you buy nuts at the store, and they are labeled "Raw" how can you tell if they are really raw? Like when I soak them, is there a way they should be able to tell if they were raw, and the enzymes are doing what they should do =)
Because I know if they aren't truly raw then there is no need to soak, since the enzymes are already dead :( Poor enzymes ;)
Well, if you buy from a reliable source, then you just have to trust them. When in doubt - call or e-mail the company. I have many times. FROM the store, BEFORE I even purchase the product.
Yeah, the enzymes never knew what hit 'em! :p
Thank you all for the feedback. I purchase my nuts at a wonderful local health food store and cafe. They are well known and very reliable. Their nuts and seeds are marked
raw. Some are marked organic too. I mostly just wanted to know what to do with them after they soak. So, I do not need to put them in a dehydrator unless I don't use them right away. I like to make my own trail mix.
I checked some directions on how to activate nuts and they said soak 2-3 hrs, then rinse off that water then put them in brine for another 2-3 hrs then dehydrate.
I too was wondering if the dehydrating part was important as I don't have a dehydrator either..
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