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dlk

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Hi Dee - I just read your article on soaking nuts and seeds.  When we purchase a bag of nuts or seeds how do we know if they have been soaked?  I buy dry roasted almonds from Traders Joes and now am wondering if I need to soak them before eating. 

Thanks much!

deemccaffrey

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Hi Dena,

Any nuts you buy in the store will not be soaked ahead of time.  You have to soak and then dry them yourself.  It is best to start with raw nuts or seeds.  I don't recommend roasted nuts or seeds because the high temperatures of roasting changes the molecular structure of the fragile oils in the nuts and creates free radicals, rendering the nuts quite unhealthy.

The only nuts I have seen in a store that have been pre-soaked are called "Sprouted Almonds." I saw them at the Sprouts store in Tempe.  They come in a 1 pound bag.  "Sprouted" nuts just means that they have been soaked and then dried.

As you might imagine, the process of taking the time to soak the nuts and then dry them would make buying sprouted nuts a little more costly.  There is a great online store called Living Nutz that sells raw nuts and also sprouted (soaked) nuts.  You can check them out at http://www.livingnutz.com.





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dlk

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Thanks Dee!  Very helpful.
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I just noticed the post.  I buy my nuts and seeds from the bins at sprouts. I guess that means I have to wash and dry them. I am sure they aren,t roasted.
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Hi Everyone, Just to share with you that soaking the Raw nuts from the bins from my local Sprouts store here in So Cal, was easy and tasty too! I soaked whole Almonds, Hazelnuts, Brazils and Pecans in slightly salted water in large covered bowls for 12 hours. Draining, blotting dry, then I placed mine in a dehydrator for 12 hours @ 120-125 degrees. Some of the nuts have a very different texture to them. The Brazil nuts in particular were Much softer to crunch than before, the Almonds too. Very Pleasing, but just different. My Husband now prefers eating them after being soaked. He says that they don't give him any "issues" after eating nuts this way. Now I'm planning on using them in Dee's recipe for Sweet n Spicy Mixed Nuts.
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