Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Soakin' ma Nuts... lalala...

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Aw, man, I sure hope I'm doing this right. In anticipation of my forthcoming dehydrator (COME FORTH, already!!) I've been looking at recipes that I want to make. A lot of them need preparation by soaking nuts and seeds ahead of time.
I've been going to the dollar store a few blocks away and buying these great big glass jars. They come with plastic lids but I put mesh and a rubber band over the mouth instead.
Last night, I soaked buckwheat groats. I have no idea what these are but they appear in two upcoming recipes so I thought it would be best if I started them. I also soaked sunflower kernels and they are already stored in the fridge.
This morning, I started three more jars (pictured). In one jar, I've got organic chick peas, in another, some mixed salad sprouts seeds, and in the third, mung beans. I finally got to the mung beans!
There's lots of online info, like this little chart, and I've received some great advice from forum buddies, but I'm still kinda confused about some stuff.
Mostly about storage. Once the nuts or seeds are soaked and/or sprouted, I know they need drainage for a while. My question is, once everything is soaked, do these get stored in a jar of water or a dry jar? I assume dry, since each nut/seed has a certain soaking time limit. I will ask around and do more research but in the meantime, if you have an answer, I'd love to know! :)
Here goes nuttin'...



Rawkin' said...

UPDATE: Welp... I'm figuring it out as I go along...trial & error style, my favorite. Nothin' like jumping right in and screwing up! :) BEST way to learn!! ahem.

I had read to soak the buckwheat groats 24 hours, then read conflicting information, saying to absolutely not soak them past 20 minutes, otherwise they won't sprout.

Sure 'nuff, mine got waterlogged. I spent an unsure few moments looking at them, while thoughts of possible toxicity danced through my head. I know some sprouts have this rep and I'm not one to take chances like this.

So..... I tossed them out and decided to start over with a fresh batch. I'm pretty damn sure this is just newbie over-cautiousness (and waste!) but until I know more, I just couldn't bring myself to put any in my mouth. I know how extreme that must seem now that I confess this in typing LOL but that is who I am, and I'm a big fan!

So... the OTHER stuff is doing great! I have figured out some things, which feels great! All the little seeds have their own soak time. After they have soaked for their allotted time, ya drain the water out. Then you rinse them, swishing the water around. Drain the water out and turn the jar over and leave it like that for the next 8-12 hours, at which time ya do it again. Repeat anywhere from 2-14 days, depending on your seeds, nuts, or intentions.

Live n' learn, Baby! I'm gettin' the hang of it. My little mung beans have tails this morning!!


I've been struggling to get back into raw and I find you.... I'm in love, I swear! Not only do you inspire me to do right by myself you really strike a chord in me emotionally. I'm still in the middle of reading all of it but you made me laugh, again, so I had to tell ya. Thanks, man. Please keep rawkin.

Rawkin' said...

Zombiedawn you just rawked my world today with your beauteous comment. I love you too!!!! Now that we have established our mutual love, we'd best keep in touch!! xo

Rawkin' said...
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Yay! I'm looking for a dehydrator so I can try the recipe you posted for raw falafel and the tortilla.... It looks so moist and delicious. Ugh, I've been craving it for days! Thanks for all your awesome ideas!

Rawkin' said...

oh yay! That's great! If you can get an excalibur ( they rule! I got a 9 tray, and I've never been sorry for the extra shelves (the other unit is a 5 tray but it fills up fast.) The falafels are SO dang GOOD, now ya got ME cravin' 'em. Let me know how they turn out... :)

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