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Traditional Method for Soaking Nuts & Seeds

A Variety of Nuts & Seeds SoakingNuts and seeds are nutrient-dense and easy to munch; they also contain enzyme inhibitors and plant toxins, like phytic acid. This is why it’s best to soak them in warm, salty water.

When this soaking step is skipped, then inhibitors inside the nuts and seeds can prevent your gut from absorbing nutrients in this otherwise nutrient-rich food. These inhibitors can weaken digestion, steal nutrients from you, and cause food sensitivities. If you already struggle with poor digestion or a health condition like osteoporosis then you’ll want to do all you can to keep your gut strong.

The most efficient way to minimize these harmful enzyme inhibitors and toxins is to make your own nuts and seeds with the recipe below.

Traditional Method

1) Choose raw, organic nuts or seeds.

2) Place in a large, glass mason jar or stainless steel container.

3) Add enough warm water (80-85 degrees F.) to cover nuts and seeds; shake jar gently.

4) Dissolve sea salt into water.

  • 2 Tbsp. sea salt per 4 cups of pecans or walnuts
  • 1 Tbsp. sea salt per 4 cups of almonds, hazelnuts, pine nuts, macadamias, cashews
  • 2 tbs. sea salt per 4 cups of pumpkin or sunflower seeds

5) Cover loosely with a lid and put in warm spot (70-72 degrees) for 7-15 hours; unless you soak cashews, which is 6 hours tops or else they get slimy. According to this Weston A. Price article, the longer a nut or seed is soaked = more phytic acid removed. The article recommends soaking up to 18 hours. We sell incubator kits to keep temperatures steady if you have a home that goes up and down in this way.

6) Drain in a fine-meshed strainer, rinse well.

7) Enjoy nuts and seeds as they are or sprout and/or dehydrate them.

  • Dehydrating: Place nuts/seeds in single layer on a tray in dehydrator (or in sun) at 115 degrees for 8-24 hours until crispy. Dry 100% to prevent molding. Typically, the longer a nut/seed is soaked, then the longer it takes to dehydrate.
  • Sprouting: Do small batches at once; rinse and drain every 6-8 hours until they taste good. Place in a clean, dry jar and store in fridge.

How to Soak Grains

Oven Incubator Kit

Pumpkin Seed Butter

Nuts, with the exception of almonds, are not recommended if you have a digestive issue (i.e. constipation, bloating) or are on The Body Ecology Diet. If you currently have an active viral infection, then it’s best to avoid all nuts/seeds due to their high levels of arginine.

References

Fallon, S. (2001). Nourishing Traditions. Washington, DC: New Trends Publishing, Inc.

Fallon, S. and Enig, M. (2000). Be Kind To Your Grains…And Your Grains Will Be Kind To YouThe Weston A. Price Foundation.  Retrieved from http://www.westonaprice.org/food-features/be-kind-to-your-grains

https://caloriebee.com/diets/Food-Enzyme-Facts

https://blog.radiantlifecatalog.com/bid/69542/That-s-Nuts-A-Complete-Guide-to-Soaking-Nuts-and-Seeds

Nourished Kitchen. (2009). Sprouted Grain: Benefits, Preparation and Recipes. Retrieved from http://nourishedkitchen.com/sprouted-grain/

Wellness Mama. (2016). How (and why) To Soak Nuts & Seeds. Retrieved from http://wellnessmama.com/59139/soaking-nuts-seeds/

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