Crispy Almonds, Hazelnuts, Pecans and Walnuts
Getting The Most Nutrition Out Of Your Nuts
These nuts are used in many of my recipes. You can also eat them as is with a slice of raw cheese, a piece of fresh seasonal fruit or make into a great hiking mix with dried fruit and good dark chocolate.
To get the most nutrition out of your nuts follow these directions on soaking and drying. More information on why is explained in this article, Living With Phytic Acid. Below is a paragraph from this article:
“In general, nuts contain levels of phytic acid equal to or higher than those of grains. Therefore those consuming peanut butter, nut butters or nut flours, will take in phytate levels similar to those in unsoaked grains. Unfortunately, we have very little information on phytate reduction in nuts. Soaking for seven hours likely eliminates some phytate. Based on the accumulation of evidence, soaking nuts for eighteen hours, dehydrating at very low temperatures—a warm oven—and then roasting or cooking the nuts would likely eliminate a large portion of phytates.”
4cups raw nuts of your choice
1tablespoon of sea salt
6-8cups filtered water
Mix nuts with salt and filtered water and leave in a warm place for at least 12 hours and up to 24 hours. After soaking, pour off water and then rinse once. Spread nuts on a baking pan or a drying rack made of a stainless steel screen. Place in a warm oven (no more than 150 degrees*) for 12 to 24 hours, turning occasionally, until completely dry and crisp. I find that if I use the stainless steel mesh drying racks and a convection oven, the drying time is way shorter. A dehydrator will work great also.Store in an airtight container. Almonds, hazelnuts and Pecans do not need to be refrigerated but you can if you have room. Walnuts can go rancid if left out at room temperature.
* Keeping the drying temperature below 150 degrees will help preserve the enzymes in the nuts.
I find that if I use the stainless steel mesh drying racks, see My Favorites and a convection oven, the drying time is way shorter. A dehydrator will work great also.
Don’t have time to soak and dry almonds? Buy sprouted almonds on-line.