Oh Nuts!

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This is a project I’ve been doing for 2 years now and what a happy discovery. I love nuts, but they didn’t always agree with my sensitive tummy. Enter the concept of soaking nuts. Wow, these are amazing.

As we know, nuts are a great source of protein and essential fatty acids, but they also contain antioxidants, vitamins and minerals along with healthy fiber. Eaten raw, they don’t break down easily and are hard to digest. All those beneficial nutrients can’t be absorbed so we end up with a snack we are not getting much from except excess weight on our awesome bodies.

Soaking, however, alleviates the problems. Soaking releases the enzymes necessary for digestion and assimilation. And, they are delicious, crunchy and satisfying. A few will stop cravings so they work great on a weight loss program. These nuts are power packed little gifts that can be added to salads and stir frys, eaten as a snack or added to a smoothie. It’s a very easy process, but very long. I want you to trust me, it’s so worth it!

In a large bowl, place a couple of handfuls of nuts. I prefer walnuts and almonds, and usually do about a pound at a time. Cover the nuts generously with water. The nuts will swell and absorb the water so be generous with it. Add good sea salt or kosher salt and swish them around. I used pink salt and about 2 tablespoons to a pound of nuts. Just play with it to get a ratio you like. Set the bowl aside for 8 to 24 hours. I usually just prepare a batch after dinner and continue on the next day.

After 8-24 hours, drain the nuts well and place them on dehydrator trays. Give them room to breathe, don’t crowd them. Dry at 105 to 110 degrees for 12 to 24 hours. Don’t set the temperature higher or you will lose the nutrition. Just let them hang out. Test them after 8 or 10 hours. They should be very crisp and crunchy. The flavor is greatly improved over the raw product and they are satisfying.

Once the nuts are crunchy, remove them from the dehydrator and store them in a glass mason jar or glass container in the refrigerator or freezer. They are high in valuable fat but can get rancid quickly if left at room temperature. Keep them on hand to grab whenever the spirit moves you! Enjoy!

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