How to soak and sprout seeds and nuts for beginners

sunflower-sproutsI hope everyone had a nice Labor Day weekend. I certainly did. It was our anniversary weekend and we celebrated it in San Diego!

I have received some questions about soaking and sprouting nuts and seeds because I have some recipes in my “easy veggie meal plans” that call for soaked and sprouted seeds.

Soaking and sprouting is cutting edge but it is also a lost and ancient process that promotes weight loss control, super healing and regenerates the body. I don’t know of any health experts sharing these tips and this wisdom with the world.

It truly is a hidden secret to longevity, beauty, and optimum health!

Soaking seeds is very easy to do and easy to prepare. If you’re like me, this is great because I do not like to spend time cooking, so soaking seeds is much quicker.

All it takes is the time to grab a container, fill it with seeds, add water and that’s it! Let them soak, rinse approximately once or twice a day and you are ready to mix them with your favorite fruits or veggies and spices.

Ok, so by now you’re asking, “Why in the world would you want to do such a thing like soak nuts and seeds?” It seems strange and out of the ordinary, but I never claimed to be typical! Who wants to be normal and get normal, ordinary results in life? Not me!

There are wonderful health benefits to eating sprouted seeds, nuts and legumes.

So let me explain the difference between eating raw vs. soaked seeds as this can be confusing.

When seeds are raw they are in a dormant state and contain enzyme inhibitors. For example in the desert, seeds can last for 3, 5, or 10+ years or longer without breaking down. This is a way to protect and preserve them until they make contact with water.

When the seeds make contact with water, the seeds release their enzyme inhibitors and they become enzyme active, allowing it to begin the life cycle and sprout into a living plant. It’s ok if you eat raw seeds that are not soaked.

However, soaking seeds gives you a whole new level of healthy food. If you are reading this blog, that tells me you value your health and you seek out quality and are one of the few that look to evolve to live the highest quality of life possible.

When raw seeds are soaked and sprouted they become enzyme active and these enzymes assist your body in digesting and metabolizing the bio-available nutrients at a cellular level. Enzymes begin to predigest the protein, carbs, and fat in the seeds making it easier for your body to digest them.

Seeds and nuts are a rich source of:

  • essential fatty acids
  • amino acids (protein)
  • fiber
  • zinc
  • potassium
  • iron
  • manganese
  • Vitamin A, B’s, C, E
  • calcium
  • magnesium
  • folate
  • antioxidants.

They are powerful for:

  • reducing inflammation
  • assist in lowering cholesterol
  • lowering blood pressure
  • have so many other health benefits.

Don’t under estimate the power of nuts and seeds. Just eat them!

When we consume dry raw seeds our bodies must rehydrate them before they can be digested which “robs” your body of vital water and makes it harder for you to digest the seeds. This is also why I don’t recommend eating too much dehydrated fruit. Make sure and drink plenty of water.

When you soak seeds, you are rehydrating them making them easier to digest. You can feel if they are easy to digest because your stomach will feel satisfied and light. You won’t feel tired, heavy or groggy after eating like you do when eating other meals. Soaked seeds are more plump, which also makes you feel full sooner, therefore you will not overeat.

How to soak and sprout seeds:
Fill your container with the seeds of your choice and add water to cover the seeds about 1-2 inches above the seeds. Leave the container, open lid, on your counter to sprout. The seeds need oxygen so if you need to cover the container to keep out bugs, cover with a cloth or paper towel. Seeds need to be rinsed morning and night (every 12 hours) except flax seeds.
Sunflower seeds- soak only 8-12 hours then pour water out. They are ready to use! You may see the start of a sprout. you can continue sprouting to the point where they have green leaves. In the slightly sprouted stage they contain more protein and in the ful plant sprout stage they contain more carbohydrates (good carbs of course).
Pumpkin seeds- same as sunflower seeds. You will not see them begin sprouting.
Almonds- soak for 24 hours. Every 12 hours pour out water and refill with fresh water. I rinse in the morning and at night, this makes it easy to remember. You will not see them sprout.
Flaxseeds- soak for 4-8 hours and ready to go. The flax seeds soak up all water and become gelatinous (slippery). This is normal. They are packed with extra fiber. Add a tablespoon to your smoothies or breakfast, easy! You won’t see flax seeds sprout unless you sprout them longer.
Sesame seeds- They are the highest in calcium of all the seeds and nuts. Sesame seeds only need to soak for 4-8 hours. You won’t see sesame seeds sprout.
Lentils- Soak for 2-3 days. Place ½ cup lentils to 2 cups water in container and let soak for 12 hours. Drain water and rinse with fresh water and pour out water. Keep lentils on counter out of sun light. There should only be a little moisture in the container now. This is all lentils need for sprouting. Rinse 2-3 times per day for several days. They will start to sprout a little tail but I tend to make my dish with them after a max of 2 days. I taste test them to make sure they are crunchy and chewy. Check out my easy lentil recipe.

And there you have it! All the information you need on soaking and sprouting…simple, right!?

You can even travel with soakcb20easyveggiemealsebook20final4ed seeds to make super healthy meals. Like in this video where I traveled to Philadelphia and packed a cooler of yummy treats including soaked almonds.

I hope this answers your questions and shows you how easy yet powerful it is to do!

Wishing you wellness,

Kardena Pauza
Author, Easy Veggie Meal Plans

57 Comments Leave a Comment

Comment by Adam
2009-09-08 17:15:41

Kardena!

Amazing post. I have a question!

I buy and eat a TON of nut butters (raw and unsalted). They are most the crunchy version as well (crunchy almond butter, crunchy sunflower seed butter, etc)

Are they as nutritionally dense as soaking raw seeds/nuts alone? Since the seeds/nut pieces have been kind of sitting in the ground up more ‘liquid like’ form of itself? If not, are they still more potent/nutritionally dense than just eating nuts/seeds raw right out the bag?

Thanks so much!

-Adam

 
Comment by Jayne
2009-09-08 17:59:49

Thank you for putting this together! I have a couple questions. Once seeds (other than flax) have soaked long enough do you still store them in fresh water or can you discard the water? Also, how quickly should soaked seeds be used? I’m assuming they have a fairly short shelf life.

Thank you again for this blog and for the Easy Veggie Meal Plans program. I’m LOVING it!
Jayne

 
Comment by Anne
2009-09-08 19:13:39

Thanks, Kardena.

I have a question. I own an in-home water machine that produces water from 2.5 pH to 11.5. What pH should I use to soak the seeds/nuts?

-Anne

 
Comment by Hazel Cheong
2009-09-09 02:04:06

Hi Kardena

My question is:
Can I use red beans, pearl barley in addition to other nuts and seeds that you mentioned?

Thanks n looking forwards to your reply

Hazel

 
Comment by Daniel
2009-09-09 03:36:24

I have been eating soaked flax and hemp seeds for breakfast for the last two weeks. I was grinding them in an electric coffee grinder, but I just realised I am not supposed to put wet seeds in the machine. Will a blender grind the seeds enough to get all nutrians?

What do you think of hemp seeds? Are they safe to eat, because of the TCH content?

 
Comment by Dorothy
2009-09-09 08:07:13

Again I really enjoyed your email and found it very informational. I have the same questions as the above emailers. I look forward to your answers. I hope you will keep the information coming as I stated before (in last email) I am new to this way of eating and am doing it a litte bit at time.

 
Comment by Margie
2009-09-09 08:21:33

Thanks for this great information, Kardena.
Where do I find your answers to the questions in the coments above?

 
Comment by Michelle
2009-09-09 12:33:38

To Hazel Cheong…

When you refer to red beans…if you mean kidney beans, be careful. See the below excerpt from http://www.vegsoc.org/info/pulses.html :

“Incidents of food poisoning have been reported associated with the consumption of raw or undercooked red kidney beans. Symptoms may develop after eating only four raw beans and include nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain followed by diarrhoea. A naturally occurring haemaglutin is responsible for the illness, but can be destroyed by high temperature cooking, making the beans completely safe to eat. FOR THIS REASON, kidney beans must not be sprouted. Kidney beans should be soaked for at least 8 hours in enough cold water to keep them covered. After soaking, drain and rinse the beans, discarding the soaking water. Put them into a pan with cold water to cover and bring to the boil. The beans must now boil for 10 minutes to destroy the toxin. After this the beans should be simmered until cooked (approximately 45-60 minutes) and they should have an even creamy texture throughout – if the centre is still hard and white, they require longer cooking.

Soya beans: Contain an anti-trypsin factor (or trypsin inhibitor) which prevents the assimilation of the amino acid methionine. Soya beans also require careful cooking to ensure destruction of this factor. They should be soaked for at least 12 hours, drained and rinsed then covered with fresh water and brought to the boil. Soya beans should be boiled for the first hour of cooking. They can then be simmered for the remaining 2-3 hours that it takes to cook them.”

 
Comment by Audrey
2009-09-09 12:38:45

Hi Kardena,
A while back you mentioned a wrap filled with fresh veggies and a pate made from sunflower seeds and spices, tempeh, or seitan. I didn’t find the pate recipe in the Veggie Meal Plan. Will you post the sunflower seed pate recipe?
Thanks.

 
Comment by Chasey
2009-09-09 13:38:00

Thank you so much for the wonderful information!!!
I have been moving towards more of a raw diet,for about the past year.I mainly eat raw veggies/fruit/nuts/seeds.I’ve lost 20lbs in the past year because of it!(I’m now back to the same weight I was,131lbs, before I became pregnant with my second daughter,who just turned 4yrs last week).As a child/young adult,I had major stomache troubles.I know now that I am lactose intolerant and that was most likely the cause.I have (almost)completely removed milk/dairy from my diet.(My weakness is black tea,which is where I only use milk now.I do drink green tea as well,but I’m having a hard time letting go of the black tea).Once I stayed away from dairy/breads/pasta/meat,I had no problem losing weight.(I mainly use avocado in place of meat.I eat one everyday!Even my eldest daughter loves them!).I feel so much better,when I stick to a raw diet.My two young daughter’s (9yrs & 4yrs) and I eat mainly raw vegetarian.It’s my hubby that I mainly have to cook meat for,and honestly,it’s getting harder for me to want to do so,the more I get into raw foods.I made my hubby a raw pineapple icebox cake for his birthday at the end of August.He,as well as our two young daughter’s, really liked it.I have other recipes to try and look forward to ending my baking of cakes/desserts entirely.Now that I have your vital info on soaking nuts/seeds,my family and I can enjoy even more benefits of eating raw foods!THANK YOU AGAIN!(And thank you as well to Craig Ballantyne,as I found you through him!).

 
Comment by Heidi
2009-09-09 15:08:55

Thank you for all the wonderful nutrition information! I started soaking some nuts and seeds today. My question is, what if you want to make a trail mix or granola? If you slowly bake it in the oven or in a dehydrator, are you just killing all the enzymes that you started? Is there any benefit to soaked and then dehydrated nuts and seeds versus just using them raw for such instances?

 
Comment by Cindy
2009-09-09 17:31:31

Hi Kardena,
Thank you so much for this great, informative video. it answered so many questions that I have. However I wondered if you could comment on how to store each of the nuts/seeds you listed above, specifically, and for how long each can be stored for. i know you said in a jar, covered in water in the fridge but is it the same for all the nuts/seeds (except flaxseeds) that you keep them covered in water? Also the flaxseeds do you just put a lid on the container after the 4 – 8 hours and store in the fridge for a certain amount of time (if so, how long). Will these things go “off” if left for too long. Do you soak in preparation for a specific meal you plan to cook or do you always just have soaked nuts/seeds on hand to make something spur of the moment.
In regards to you taking the almonds to travel you didn’t mention what you do with the jar once you reach your destination. Do you add water and put in the fridge or just put the drained jar in the fridge and do you carry it in a cold pack on the plane. I would be really interested to know where you learnt how to do this. maybe you could direct us to a webpage where all this info is held if it is easier, or did you learn by trial and error.
Thanks again and have a great day. looking forward to upcoming videos.

 
Comment by Cindy
2009-09-09 17:41:09

Hi kardena,
Great video, answered so many questions I had.
Could you please comment on specific storing of each of the abovementioned nuts and seeds, ie way to store and for how long each will keep for.
Also, you didn’t mention what you would do with the soaked almonds once you arrive at your destination? Do you refill the container with water and store in the fridge or do you just store in the fridge without water or do you only take enough for the trip itself. Can you store them without water and without refridgeration or will they go off.
Also do you have to keep replacing the storing water and how often and do you have to rinse a final time before eating.
Thanks in advance for your answers and i look forward to future informative videos.

 
Comment by Cindy
2009-09-09 18:14:23

Hi kardena,
i had another question. Does grinding flaxseeds, almonds etc remove the enzyme inhibitors?
It would be too hard to grind or process soaked nuts or seeds so i am wondering how these are digested by our bodies.
I have heard that with flaxseeds it is better to grind yourself rather than but already ground ones as in LSA as once they are ground the oils are relaesed and they can go rancid quickly. This would be a crunchier way to eat flaxseeds than soaking. I’ve also heard that grinding almonds for example, breaks down the enzyme inhibitors making it not as bad as eating raw. Do you get as much nutritents by grinding as with soaking?
Your opinion or advice would be appreciated. thank you.
P.S. Sorry if you are getting multiple comments from me but I put one in and nothing came up so i’m not sure if they are coming through.

Comment by Kardena Pauza
2010-08-30 00:09:34

Hi Cindy,

Good question about the flax seeds. Grinding seeds and nuts is a physical process and soaking seeds is a chemical process. releasing enzyme inhibitors can only happen when you soak seeds and nuts. Grinding them has no effect on this. So I would soak the seeds, then grind them up especially flax seeds. Yes flax seeds oxidize quickly after they are ground so it is better to grind them yourself.Once you grind seeds you want to use within a reasonable amount of time and seal in a container to keep fresh and store in the refrigerator.

Kar

 
 
Comment by Bernard N. Singh
2009-09-09 19:59:06

nice tips, thanks. question, i am allergic to almonds and soya beans, what wound you recomend. thanks a mil, bye.

Comment by Kardena Pauza
2010-08-30 00:10:46

There are tons of seeds and nuts you can choose from. sunflowers seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, radish sprouts, broccoli sprouts, and all sorts of beans.

 
 
Comment by Santosh
2009-09-10 01:25:43

Dear Kardena, Thanks for this great information

 
Comment by Amanda
2009-09-10 23:44:52

I hope that everyone understands that one must buy food-grade seeds for sprouting, NOT the kind sold for planting (which are coated with chemicals).

Thanks about the reminder for a great nutrient source!

 
Comment by Alex
2009-09-11 15:26:20

great article about nuts and seeds (my favorite food)

thanks

 
Comment by Chasey
2009-09-12 10:45:24

Oops!I accidentally stated I had lost 20lbs in the past year.But I actually lost it in the past six months!Once winter was over,I kicked into eating far more veggies,staying away from carbs/dairy.Now,I’d rather have an avocado than a chocolate bar.Anyone who used to know me and my love for chocolate,thinks I’m crazy now!(But at least I’m a shapely crazy ;-)

 
Comment by margot
2009-09-12 18:49:42

lovely post-thank you -one thing…i think you meant to say that your containers are rubbermaid (glass) containers..glass is really the only thing we should use for soaking and sprouting-not tupperware

 
Comment by Kardena Pauza
2009-09-12 23:31:26

Hello Adam,
Thanks for the feedback. About nut butters. The difference between butter, raw unsoaked nuts, and raw nuts is this. nut butters and unsaoked nuts/seeds are basically the same just in different forms. butters sit in their own oil not water. Soaking rehydrates the nuts so they are easier to digest and now saturated with water so your body doesn’t have to rehydrate it robbing your body of water. And saoked seeds become enzyme active which begins the process of converting proteins, carbs and fats to usable energy for sprouting a plant or energy for us!
I eat raw butters sometimes, I just try to get more soaked seeds in my diet.
Great question! Kardena

 
Comment by Kardena Pauza
2009-09-12 23:34:40

Hi Jayne,
Awesome! Glad you are loving it! I appreciate the feedback.
Good question- Seeds (besides flax seeds) MUST be stored in water or they mold super fast. Store them in fresh water, put a lid on them and place them in the refrigerator. They will last about 4-7 days. If the water starts to get murky, you can change it to keep them fresh longer. They will smell if they are starting to turn bad.
Wishing you wellness,
Kardena

 
Comment by Kardena Pauza
2009-09-12 23:43:15

Hello Anne,
Good question. Between 6.5-7.5 pH will work great.

 
Comment by Kardena Pauza
2009-09-12 23:51:15

Hi Hazel,
Yes you can sprout red beans and barley. You can sprout barley just know that it gets a slimy exterior like flax seeds so you can try and rinse them in a strainer. They are a bit chalky for me so I would mix barley with other grains, please experiment. Grains are cheap that’s the great thing! I have not sprouted red beans but from what I’ve studied, red beans are not the best for sprouting because of certain toxins and their bitter taste. You can soak other seeds and beans. Experiment with them. Kardena

 
Comment by Kardena Pauza
2009-09-12 23:54:53

Hi Daniel,
Flax is chalk full of fiber so it will really move the bowels if you know what I mean. This is a great thing!
I do the same thing with my grinder. So far the seal under the grinder blade has prevented moisture from getting in to the machine. You may want to keep doing it. Just wipe it out with a moist towel after wards.
The hemp seeds do not have THC like the plant does. Plus it is a different species then the THC forming plant. No need to worry you will pass your drug tests:)
Kardena

 
Comment by Kardena Pauza
2009-09-12 23:55:50

Great Dorothy,
I listen to your requests and comments. Every little step becomes a major transformation over time. Keep it up! Kardena

 
Comment by Kardena Pauza
2009-09-12 23:57:28

Hi Margie,
You are very welcome. Come back to the blog post and you will see my comments underneath the questions. They are made public.
Wishing you Wellness, Kardena

 
Comment by Aida
2009-09-13 21:54:57

Can one soak raw cashews & macadamias? In fact all nuts? I love these and really want some variety in my nuts, not just almonds.
Thank you – love the posts and blog
A :)

 
Comment by hanita
2009-09-13 23:11:31

Hi Kardena,

Do almonds and walnuts lose color after soaking? Because that is what I experience.

Thanks
Hanita

 
Comment by miguel
2009-09-15 10:40:26

Hi there. how can flaxseed oil seeds be stored, agter tje sproting method? And how much time it will last? Regards

 
Comment by Kardena Pauza
2009-09-18 01:57:32

Hello Aida,
Good question, and yes you can soak them for about 4-8 hours. However they do not sprout because of how they are de shelled. Soaking them will add water which helps with digestion so that is a plus. Kardena

 
Comment by Kardena Pauza
2009-09-18 01:58:22

Hi Hanita,
from my experience the almonds don’t but not sure about walnuts. Is that an issue if they do?

Comment by hanita
2009-09-20 07:08:58

oh okay
im pretty sure that the color is from the walnuts
because after soaking the walnuts
i see that they are white in color (not paper white, but you get what i mean)

it’s not an issue
i just wanted to see if it’s just me
or someone else also experiences this

 
 
Comment by Kardena Pauza
2009-09-18 02:00:03

Hi Miguel,
once you soak and sprout flax seeds they usually last about 7 days in the refrigerator. sometimes you will see the little roots coming out of the seeds. They are living and are full of energy.

 
Comment by Kardena Pauza
2009-09-18 02:01:32

Hi Amanda,
Thanks for making that point. hopefully they are buying sunflower, flax, and almonds and mung beans at the grocery store. but you never know! And yes organic is best.

 
Comment by Kym Hutcheon
2009-09-20 00:41:11

Hi Kardena,

Thanks for the well put together video. (And congrats on the anniversary.) I wonder if you can clear up a couple of things for me.

I’ve read that it is only necessary to soak things like almonds for 20 minutes or so to break down the enzyme inhibitors. Is this accurate and is this different to the sprouting (the next step?) you are talking about here?

I’ve also learned that white nuts such as cashews don’t actually have the enzyme inhibitor. Any comments? (You hear so many different things, it can be hard to build an accurate framework and separate the factual from the anecdotal.)

 
Comment by Kardena Pauza
2009-09-23 02:20:05

Hello Heidi,
Great question! I have a wonderful raw granola recipe I will have to pull out for you. Enzymes stay active up to about 118 degrees Fahrenheit before the begin to die. I don’t know what that translates to in Celsius. What I do is soak the seeds in water for 12 hours, then lightly blend all fruit, nuts, and shredded coconut in the food processor. Then spread on dehydrator sheet to dry. Some temperatures on ovens don’t go low enough to just dehydrate, even with the oven door cracked. Some dehydrators have a temperature gauge on it but most dehydrators won’t get above 118 degrees. Mine doesn’t get hot enough to cook the seeds. Yes there is benefit to soaking then dehydrating seeds. You can store the dried seasoned seeds longer in the cupboard without them going bad and they are ready to go for a quick out the door snack or meal. They do need to rehydrate before your body can digest them so I wouldn’t eat dehydrated seeds all the time. And drink plenty of water with them or throughout the day.I hope this helps! Kardena

 
Comment by Kardena Pauza
2009-09-23 02:28:42

Hello Chasey,
Congratulations on losing 20 lbs in 6 months! That is really awesome and I bet you feel better than ever because you dropped the weight in a very healthy way. Amazing how when you put your mind to something, you can make changes and embrace the changes like eating avocado instead of chocolate bar. Wow! You are a true testament to the power of eating energy rich foods for health, vitality, and weight loss! Husbands will take their path at their speed so just nudge him along lovingly with their interests in mind and what’s important to them. Craig is a rockstar and I’m glad he is passionate about sharing this amazing information with everyone like I am. Thanks Craig! Kardena

 
Comment by Justin Bosley
2009-09-24 19:12:28

Hey Kardena! First of all thank you for all of your great advice and information it is greatly appreciated!! I recently soaked my last batch of almonds, and I dried then and did everything like you said. However, they went moldy on me. Is it possible I just got a bad batch or can this be prevented. I kept mine in the fridge…was that a bad idea? I would appreciate your insight.

Thank you!

Justin

 
Comment by Kardena Pauza
2009-10-12 00:54:53

Hello Justin,
It is a learning curve when dealing with how to soak, dry and store nuts and seeds. 1st- soak almonds for 24-48 hours. rinsing every morning and night. 2- dump out old water and put fresh water in to store in refrigerator. OR if you want to dry them for long term storage. You must dehydrate them to get the moisture out completely or they will mold. That is probably what happened. Any bit of moisture will allow mold to develop. Get a dehydrator on ebay or something. Then you can put seasoning on the soaked almonds and dehydrate them. They are tasty. or just store in frig in water. They will last at least 4-5 days. if the water gets murky then change it after 3 or so days. Keep trying! Kardena

 
Comment by Kardena Pauza
2009-10-12 00:55:10

Thanks!

 
Comment by Kardena Pauza
2009-10-12 00:56:19

BTW Margot,
Thanks for the correction. I am so used to saying Tupperware as a general word but I need to be more specific. Definitely glass containers, I agree. Wishing you Wellness, Kardena

 
Comment by Jacqui
2010-02-04 14:27:15

When storing in the frig what kind of lid do you use – an air tight lid or the sprouting lid?

Comment by Kardena Pauza
2010-02-14 04:20:30

You can use the sprout lid but you need to use the metal flat mason jar lid underneath the sprout lid so it seals the jar.

 
 
Comment by Tom
2010-03-10 23:29:36

I would like to soak macadamia nuts. Does it make a difference whether they soak on the counter or in the refrigerator ? Do they get enough oxygen in refrigerator ?

Thanks

Comment by Kardena Pauza
2010-08-30 00:04:33

Hi Tom,
Macadamia nuts only need to soak for about 4-6 hours. you can soak them anywhere. Then rinse and store in the frig in water.

 
 
Comment by Tree
2010-07-05 16:08:09

Hi Kardena,
Thanks for sharing all this info!
I have a question which is the same as Cindy’s above. I get that with all the nuts&seed except flax that after the soaking at room temp you have to store them in the fridge, covered in water and covered/sealed and continues to rinse and replace with fresh water every 12h.
But I wondered what to do with flax seeds once they’ve finished the soaking process. Can you store them in the fridge covered/sealed and then do you have to rinse them and drain them every 12 hours?

BTW, from your original post, I love these sentiments
“I never claimed to be typical! Who wants to be normal and get normal, ordinary results in life? Not me!”

Thank you!

Comment by Kardena Pauza
2010-08-30 00:16:10

Hello!
Great questions. I want to correct you on one thing. Once you soak seeds/nuts at room temp changing the water every 12 hours, when you store in the frig in fresh water and sealed. You don’t have to change the water every 12 hours. More like every 3-4 days. less maintenance at that point.
Now- once you soak flax seeds you will notice they swell up and have a gelatinous film around them. They are very hard to rinse and you don’t have to. once they absorb all the water, you can store in the frig sealed for up to 5-7 days.
They are ready to put in smoothies r make crackers or crust.

You must relate to my quote :)
You are so welcome

 
 
Comment by Chantel
2010-10-11 16:03:15

Question, any harm in putting soaked flaxseed into a dough and baking it? I use soaked flaxseed now as an egg replacement in pancakes and such.

 
Comment by eliot
2010-11-03 17:32:48

you seem to recommend soaking flax seeds before use.i read on a different site that soaking flax seeds creates cyanide. is this true? thanks

 
Comment by admin
2010-12-21 16:01:06

Hi Chantel,
That’s a great substitute since it has a binding effect like eggs with the added fiber. Great idea!
Kardena

 
Comment by Sharon
2011-04-08 10:21:04

Hi Kardena,
I have been soaking almonds,walnuts,pecans,etc. for the specified time, draining,rinsing,and thoroughly blotting with a clean towel. I then put them into a container and put them into the freezer. Is this acceptable? Or am I destroying any of the enzymes/nutrients by freezing them? It has been very convenient to just grab a handful from the freezer without worrying about the nuts molding or spoiling.

Comment by Kardena
2011-04-12 10:30:43

Hello Sharon,
That’s great you are soaking them before putting them in the freezer. It is acceptable to put them in the freezer. You will loss very little nutrient value from freezing. Sharon that’s a fantastic idea!

 
 
Comment by Lisa Frenc
2011-10-03 10:43:57

Hi Kardena,
I’ve just started making some raw food recipes for nut cheese and for different dehydrated breads and crackers, using pre-soaked nuts and seeds. I’ve read how delicate the oils can be and how bad it is to eat them once rancid. Now I have several questions that I can’t seem to find answers for:

How long will these stay fresh before the nut and seed oils become rancid? Do I need to store dehydrated chips and bread in the fridge? Will the enzymes survive the dehydrating? What about the freezer?
Thanks, Lisa

Comment by Kardena
2011-12-06 18:15:24

Lisa,
Nut cheese and dehydrated breads are 2 different animals. because nut cheese stays moist, you need to refrigerate it and will last typically 3-5 days in the frig in a sealed container. Since water is present in the cheese, it has a faster expiration date. There’s no concern about these oils going bad, there’s not enough time.
Now when you are talking about breads and crackers, since they are dehydrated, they have a longer shelf life. What I would do is once you make them put them in a sealed container or bag. you can put in a dry cupboard or in the frig, it’s up to you. Nuts over all take a while to become rancid but I wouldn’t keep them longer than 1 month. If they gather moisture then they will get stale.
Check out my flourless hoilday cranberry scones, you can make in your dehydrator! I think you’ll really like them!

 
 
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