Jenny's Raw Recipe Blog

Storage Tip: Soaked Nuts and Seeds

Posted on December 03 2010 | (30) Comments
Category:Raw Ingredients and Equipment

In my book Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People, I go into some detail about the soaking process.  The tip I wanted to share with you today is that after you've finished soaking nuts or seeds and drained off the soaking liquid, it's important to let them air-dry in the colander or strainer for a few minutes prior to putting them in a storage container.

This itty bitty extra step helps nuts and seeds retain their crunchy texture and it helps preserve them longer in the refrigerator...but not forever. 

Soaked almonds and walnuts keep for about five days; soaked sunflower seeds keep for up to three days.  After that, they may begin to turn an unattractive shade of dark brown and start to taste a bit bitter.

Not all nuts are soaked in raw food recipes.  In fact, nut flour made with dry, raw walnuts are a key ingredient in the Chocolate-Frosted Chocolate Mini Cupcakes recipe.

Give them a try...and let me know what you think!


Previous Comments

On December 07, 2010 sharon Grant said...

Hi Jennifer,
I did some soaking as you suggested and it gives the nuts an added texture and flavour.
I decided to go raw two months ago, I came across your you tubes, you are the BEST! Both my husband and I find you have a wonderful way of presenting the food, as well as adding little tips as you go. I have passed your link to lots of people, as instead of me trying to explained ” its just not “leaves and twigs”, you do a much better job.
I have ordered your books and a dvd. I got my Kale ideas and lots of other fun things from you, so thanks for making the transition to raw so much fun.

On December 07, 2010 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

Hi Sharon,

I’m glad the soaking worked out for you, and that the videos have been helpful. I plan to add lots more videos soon, so I’ll keep you posted! The Kale Salad is one of my favorites, too.

Jenny

On December 14, 2010 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

Hello Jenny,
I just found out about you and love your videos. I am not a raw foodiest. But I do know that the more raw the better for many reasons. I need some advice. I am trying to naturally lower my blood pressure 170/102 and my blood sugar.

I keep reading so many different things on how to. Low fat, no low carbs,you name it. But I noticed on the raw food everyone looks thin and healthy. Their skin glows. I don’t think I could go 100% raw. But I have been eating coconut, nuts, dates, raisins, and I tried the zucchini like pasta. Wow, I never thought of that before, it was great. Can you help me to know what I can eat to lower both.
You seem not only beautiful on the outside but also on the inside. Thanks for all you do.

On December 14, 2010 Jenny Cornbleet said...

Hi Joni,
Few people can eat 100% raw all the time—but you can still get a lot of benefit just by increasing the percentage of raw foods in your diet, especially green leafy vegetables.

Jenny

On January 24, 2011 Jenny Cornbleet said...

Hi everyone,
Glad you are enjoying the posts—stay tuned for a lot more soon. Soon also, there will be a way to sign up for email alerts (or RSS feed) for new blog posts.
-Jenny

On February 04, 2011 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

For your chocolate recipes how long do you soak the dates?

On February 05, 2011 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

Just 10 minutes is fine (and up to 30 is OK, too).

Jenny

On February 17, 2011 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

I appreciate your idea here. Definitely it has a good content. Thank you for imparting more of your own thoughts. Good job!

On February 18, 2011 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

Could you take a moment to explain why you encourage the nuts and seeds to be soaked?

On February 19, 2011 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

I ENJOY SO MUCH YOUR VIDEOS. I ALSO LISTENED TO YOUR HOUR PHONE SEMINAR LAST WEEK . I NEED TO CORRECT ISSUES CONCERNING MY HEALTH. I AM 68 YEARS YOUNG.. TODAY MY HUSBAND AND I PURCHASED SOME OF THE FRESH FOODS TO TRY RAW IN THE NEXT DAYS. I AM SO EXCITED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP AND FOR THE RECIPES YOU CREATED. YOU MAY WANT TO BRING UP the daniel plan ON LINE THRU THE SADDLEBACK CHURCH IN ORANGE COUNTY.. DR, OZ, DR.AMEN,  AND DR HYMAN…WELL KNOWN DOCTORS ARE HELPING 9000 CHURCH MEMBERS AND PEOPLE OVER THE WORLD BY WWW. TO LEARN TO CARE FOR THEIR BODIES AND CUT OUT SUGAR, FLOUR, AND ALL BAD STUF.. THIS PROGRAM IS TRUELY INTERESTING..YOU MIGHT ENJOY AND BE ABLE TO HELP OUT WITH YOUR IMPUT AND   KNOWLDGE.  SINCERELY, JEANNETTE

On February 20, 2011 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

Hi Harmony,
I don’t always soak them, it depends on the texture I’m looking for in the finished dish. But soaking nuts and seeds lowers the fat and calorie content by 1/3rd, and also makes them easier to digest.

Jenny

On March 05, 2011 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

Hi Jennifer
      I bought your book “Raw Food Made Easy” for 1 or 2 people and the video.  The recipies and tips are great, I have tried out many recipies, and from raw for a day I have gone on to eat raw for several weeks now, I never knew that raw food could taste so good, my desire for cooked food has dissapeared. My favorites at the moment are Mediterranean Kale (I use curly kale because thats all I can find at the moment in the U K) Zucchina made into pasta shape and Marinara Sauce, California Rolls, (I sometimes use differant ingreadiants )there are many more recipies to try yet.

Personaly I think your book and video are the best on the market, and your explainations are so very good and easy to follow,

For the record I am a 76 year old male, who feels much younger.
      Yours in health A Gelling

On March 06, 2011 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

Hi Alan,
I’m honored that you’re enjoying the recipes so much! Mediterranean Kale and Zucchini Noodles Marinara are two of my favorites, too.

Jenny

On March 12, 2011 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

Hi Jenny,
so glad to find your website, found it on u-tube while searching for raw food recipes. Just ordered your DVD. I am trying to incorporate more raw food into my diet and eat healthier. Can’t wait to read your new book and check out the recipes. Really enjoy your website!!

Wendy

On March 13, 2011 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

Hi Wendy,
Good luck with learning the recipes in the book and DVD, and I look forward to hearing what you think of them!
Jenny

On March 18, 2011 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

Hi Jennifer,
I found your name by serching on youtube about raw food. And I’m so glad I did! I’ve already made the zucchini pasta with marinara sauce, the chocolate mousse tart, and the chocolate chip cookie dough, and I love them! They are so easy to make, they are delicious and healthy, that I’m not feeling guilty anymore for eating desserts!!
Thanks a lot for sharing with us all your recipes!
Ciao!! Take care!

On March 21, 2011 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

Hi Ivana,
Glad you like these recipes. I love being able to eat this “chocolate chip cookie dough” instead of the refined flour version!
Jenny

On March 22, 2011 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

Hello Jennifer,

I like your raw food recipes. First I watched your videos related to raw food on youtube. Those are easy and delicious and good for health. Your way of presentation is very good. Thanks for sharing your recipes with us.

Amanjit

On March 22, 2011 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

Hi Amanjit,
Glad you’re finding the recipes easy and delicious!
Jenny

On May 08, 2011 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

Since I have diverticulosis I’m not suppose to eat nuts or seeds.  I can’t sprinkle nuts over salads or oatmeal etc.  Can your recipes using nuts/seeds (like sunflower seeds) be ground to a powder in a blender/food processor and sprinkle in your recipes?

On May 09, 2011 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

Hi,

Sure—you can grind them in a blender/food processor/coffee grinder and use ‘em that way!

Jenny

On June 18, 2011 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

Hi Jenny,
I’m looking forward to trying a number of the recipes in your book. I’m going to start with the almond milk. Before I soak the almonds, should I blanch them to remove the skins or is it better to soak the almonds with the skin on?
Thanks!
Linda

On June 19, 2011 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

Hi Linda,

There’s no need to remove the skins. That’s because after you soak them and blend them, you’re going to strain them—the skins will therefore be left behind in the strainer or mesh bag.

Jenny

On August 16, 2011 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

Hi Jenny! Thank you so so much for your wonderful website and recipes.  I found you while searching the Internet for a Kale salad recipe.  I started the raw food diet about three months ago and feel absolutely amazing! I have so much more energy with no more highs and lows throughout the day,  I feel more creative in the kitchen, I need less sleep, I think more clearly, and I’m happier with my appearance.  But I found it was taking a lot of time and was quite expensive, I was starting to get discouraged about the time and cost.  But then you came along!  Your recipes are awesome, easy and delicious, please keep them coming.  I just know that this is how we were meant to eat, it feels so natural.  Thank you!!!!

On September 11, 2011 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

Jenny, I have to say your book started me doing Raw food. I cook for a couple and they LOVE everything I have made for them from your book. I just wish there were more savory dishes. Do you plan another book? I especially want to incorporate grains and more types of vegetables.
Thank you for sharing your recipes with all of us, I look forward to more.
Cindy

On September 11, 2011 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

Hi Cindy,
I’m so glad you’re enjoying the recipes! Here’s what’s coming up:
A revised edition of Raw Food Made Easy, with over 50 new recipes, coming out in April

A 15-Lesson Online Course in Raw Food Made Easy, coming out next summer (which includes many of the savory dishes you’re after).

A new book, coming out in about a year and a half, combining healthful raw and cooked dishes.

I’ll keep you posted!
Jenny

On November 07, 2011 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

Hello, I really enjoyed your stuff on YouTube . How do you feel about the 80-10-10 diet book that’s is out? I’ve gotten to read all this stuff and it can leave you confused as what is the best way to go. :(

On November 07, 2011 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

Hi Norma,

I’m glad you like the videos! I think that the low-fat aspect of 80-10-10 is great, and I try to follow a low-fat vegan diet myself, with a lot of raw, but some cooked vegan food, too (veggies, whole grains, beans). The high percentage of fruit in 80-10-10 works for some people but not others (it’s too much fruit for me). I’m not a health practioner though, and always think it’s best to consult one for individual concerns.

Jenny

On January 20, 2012 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

Hi Jennifer, I have tried several of the recipes from your book Raw Foods Made Easy, and they are truly easy to make and very tasty.  My only concern is that they do not keep for very long and I end up throwing them out. For example I made walnut milk, and had to toss out more than half the jar of milk.  I love the idea of raw foods, but being only one person it’s hard to consume it all before it goes bad.  Any ideas of how to preserve it or keep the items fresh.

Verna

On January 23, 2012 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

Hi Verna,

The nut milks should keep for 5 days, so I’m not sure why it went bad so fast. The other option is that you can freeze them for up to 2 weeks.

Jenny


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