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Turkey Tracks: Soaking Nuts

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Turkey Tracks:  July 23, 2014

Soaking Nuts


All nuts and seeds need to be soaked, sprouted, or fermented in order to get rid of the awesome chemical packages they carry to protect themselves from being eaten before they can sprout and grow.  Some of these chemicals are phytates, and phytates can seriously inhibit your body’s ability to keep or use the minerals it takes in.

When I mention “soaking nuts” before eating them, the listener’s eyes glaze over, and I get slotted into the category of “weird woman.”

But, you know, it isn’t hard to soak nuts.  And they are delicious afterwards.

Here’s a bowl of walnuts soaking in my kitchen the other day:


Basically you just cover the nuts with water and add some salt.  I used two tablespoons for this lot

After soaking for from 12-24 hours, I scoop them out and dry them in the dehydrator–which does not take all that long.

I put them in a Mason jar and they keep for a long time.  Now I have an asset to use as my heart desires.  All for less than 10 minutes of real work.

These are WALNUTS, which need to be refrigerated, so into the frig they went.

Not all nuts need refrigeration.  And some nuts, like cashews, need only about 6 hours of soaking–or they get mooshy, would be my guess.

For more information on good-food practices, I cannot recommend highly enough getting a copy of NOURISHING TRADITIONS, by Sally Fallon Morell and Dr. Mary Enig, both of The Weston A. Price Foundation.

Written by louisaenright

July 23, 2014 at 2:12 pm

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  1. Thanks Louisa – I knew about soaking grains but didn’t know you should soak nuts too – thanks! Does it apply to peanuts or are they a legume?

    Patricia Shea

    July 23, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    • Hi Patricia! All legumes need to be soaked as well. They, too, carry chemicals that need to be soaked to defang them. And soaking makes them more digestible.


      July 27, 2014 at 4:37 pm

  2. I totally empathize with you! I always have that affect on people when I have to give some answer for foods my son and I might be eating. So I’m blogging about it! Those who don’t want to know, don’t have to read what I say! 🙂


    August 16, 2014 at 3:40 pm

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