Hi, I’m Dr. Jared Nielsen here in Heber City, Utah. I’d like to share with you a food tip regarding nuts. A lot of us eat raw almonds, raw cashews, raw pecans. A great snack. Did you know that a lot of black mold or Aspergillus Niger is attached to those nut?
When you have a raw nut, one of the best things that you can do is awaken it or make it alive again. Take a quart jar and fill it half full of those raw nuts. Then, take some good, filtered water, or clean water, fill the quart all the way to the top.
Then, take a good colored salt, a good pink salt, and use about half to a full teaspoon, depending on your taste. Put that into that water solution with the nuts. Put a seal on that. Set it in the refrigerator overnight.
The nuts that have been soaked in the salt water solution overnight can now be toasted. Toasting is taking the nut, straining it off, placing it on either a dehydration rack or even on a baking sheet. If you’re going to put it on a baking sheet, you want to put it in the oven. Run that oven at about 110 degrees for two to four hours.
Some people even crack the door of their oven to keep it open so it just allows it to circulate the air and allow it to just dehydrate very, very slowly. That may take you four to even six hours. If you’re using a dehydrator, you can run those nuts overnight on a dehydrating rack. Usually, that’s going to be 10 to 12 hours.
When you use roasted nuts, and you actually go over 140 degrees and up into the higher temperatures to roast those nuts, that temperature and that heat will actually denature the oils and make them rancid. By keeping the temperature under a 112 degrees, you keep all the good oils alive. They’re going to be made bio-available to your system.
The other thing is you’ve destroyed that active mold and the potential activity of that mold in your system. Almonds that had been toasted, they’ll have a longer shelf life. You can keep those once they are toasted for up to a month in a bag in the refrigerator.
If you only soak them and you want to consume them, you probably ought to consume those within five to seven days if they’ve been refrigerated. It should bring a great quality nut for you something that you can really enjoy with your family.