Soaking nuts!? What in TARNATION would you need to soak nuts for!?!
So I have decided that I am going to share with you my raw food education! I have been obsessively reading raw recipe books, blogs, websites, and whathaveyou to figure out just what it is that I need to do to achieve proper rawification.
Up in that photo, there are some science experiments going on… cashews, walnuts, and sunflower seeds, that are all getting a proper soak. Why soak? By soaking the nuts and seeds, the enzyme inhibitors are annihilated, and so the beneficial enzymes are allowed to flourish. These enzymes help make it easier for your body to digest and absorb the nutrients that are power-packed in these bad boys!
To soak, place your nuts/seeds in a jar or bowl with filtered water. The ratio is roughly one part nuts, to three or four parts filtered water. The reason we used filtered water is to decrease the amount of unwanted pests soaked up by the nuts and seeds… unwanted pests such as chlorine and fluoride. You know, the usual suspects.
Allow your nuts/seeds to soak for the recommended amount of time, covered, and at room temperature. Once they have been soaked, drain and rinse them. Now they are ready to be used immediately in a recipe (for nut milks, nut cheeses, etc) OR…. you can dehydrate them at 115 degrees fahrenheit for a few hours to give them back their characteristic nutty crunch!
Here are the types of nuts and seeds, followed by their soak time. I got this information from a handy dandy chart in The 30 Minute Vegan. Sharing is caring : )
- Almonds, soak 4 to 6 hours
- Brazil nuts, soak 4 to 6 hours
- Cashews, soak 1 to 2 hours
- Hazelnuts, soak 4 to 6 hours
- Macadamia nuts, soak 1 to 2 hours
- Pecans, soak 4 to 6 hours
- Pine nuts, soak 1 to 2 hours
- Pumpkin seeds, soak 1 to 4 hours
- Sesame seeds, soak 1 to 4 hours
- Sunflower seeds, soak 1 to 4 hours
- Walnuts, soak 4 to 6 hours
So there you have it. You are armed with information. Now go out there and be a soaking fiend!
I have some more science experiments going on in my house right now… and if they turn out alright I just might share them with you! These include sprouting quinoa and chickpeas, dehydrating eggplant, and making a basic garlic herb cashew cheese!
Food science = BEST!