How to get the best flavor and nutrition from walnuts

I was asked the other day about my soaking method for the nuts I use to snack on and cook with.  I've been soaking for about 3 years, actually, I soak all of my legumes and nuts and many grains before we eat them.  I am not a nutritionist I don't make any claims to superior wisdom, I have just spent a lot of time reading and experimenting in my kitchen.  The end result, we are happy, healthy reasonably fit and not obese.

Right now Steve is in the garage tuning up our bikes.  My 57th birthday is just down the road a little bit and I intend on making it fitter than my 56th birthday, Why not!  It is true, you are what you eat and I hope to be fit and healthy and stay that way- so we eat good food, real food -whole food.  I know I've been saying this for years.  I've enjoyed almost every mouthful!

I am not going to get into the science of this, I will let you do your own reading so that you can discover what works best for you!

 I soak my nuts and legumes  to help rids them of  
"Antinutrients"  There are 9 of them that you ant to avoid:

  • Phytic Acid (Also Called Phytate) This is probably the most well-known antinutrient that's found in grains and legumes and interferes with the absorption of minerals. ...
  • Tannins. ...
  • Oxalates. ...
  • Lectins. ...
  • Saponins. ...
  • Trypsin Inhibitors. ...
  • Isoflavaones.

We're soaking the walnuts nuts to help neutralize the Phytic Acid and maximize the absorption of enzymes and minerals.
Some of us have an oral reaction to walnuts that ranges from mouth irritation to cancer sores - this is a result of the  Phytic acid 
soaking the nuts helps stop this reaction - sometimes more than others,
 But the nuts always taste better!

Step one
Soak the nuts in lots of fresh purified water - try not to use tap water especially if you have fluoride in your water, I wholeheartedly recommend a Berky Water Filter for filtering city water and some well waters.  

I used a bag of Kirkland walnuts for this, sometimes I find organic nuts and more locally grown, but fo this batch, this is what I used

In a large pot or bowl, and the nut and fill with water and add 1/8 cup of salt 

Soak for about 4 hours

I poured off some of the water after the first soak, it is really gross!

The nuts will already look better!

Next, I refill the pot and add another 1/8 cup of salt and soak over night

In the morning your nuts will have a much better look to them and if you try one now, they will have a much sweeter taste.  Pour off the water and rinse thoroughly

You can dehydrate them in your oven at 170. this make take about 8 hours, you must keep an eye on them in order that they don't get cooked!, I used my dehydrator and allowed to dehydrate about 14 hours

And when I am done, I have a beautiful bunch of nuts that taste oh so much better and don't hurt my mouth when I eat them!  You can see they are brighter and cleaner looking/

I hope you give this a try, you will really be pleased with the result and you will have gained more nutrition from your purchase!
Thanks for stopping by,
Ginny M


April Wood said…
Yummy! Thanks for tagging me! :)
Shylaashree said…
secret of walnuts, shall try ginny
Hmmm - I usually by mixed nuts - must try this.

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