Soaking Nuts and Seeds

Author huguru


  • 2 cups raw organic nuts or seeds it is better to soak one kind at a time
  • 3-4 cups warm filtered water to cover nuts
  • 1 tablespoon salt


How long to soak your nuts or seed:

  1. Larger nuts like Almonds, Cashew, Pistachio, Brazil and Walnut require 12hrs
  2. Smaller nuts and seeds like Pumpkin require 8hrs
  3. Not all nuts and seeds can be easily soaked. Flax and chia seeds gel when soaked and are very difficult to work with.

What to Do:

  1. Place the warm water in a medium bowl or jar (half gallon or larger). Add the salt and let dissolve.
  2. Add the nuts or seeds, making sure they are completely submerged in the water.
  3. Leave uncovered on the counter or other warm place (not the refrigerator) for at least 7 hours, preferably overnight.
  4. Rinse in a colander

Making nut milk

  1. If you plan to use nuts or seeds to make homemade nut or seed milk this is the optimal time to make it, as the enzyme inhibitors are mostly removed and the nuts or seeds are already softened to make a more creamy milk

To keep the nut or seed or to roast them or make a nut butter

  1. Spread on a baking sheet or dehydrator sheet.
  2. Bake in the oven at a low temperature (100C or 210F is optimal) or dehydrate
  3. Completely dry the nut or seed as any remaining moisture in the nuts or seeds can cause them to mold.
  4. After every 5 to 10 mins, stir the nuts to ensure even drying
  5. Drying in an oven takes about 30 mins (in a Dehydrator this can often be up to 24 hours)