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Soaking raw almonds

Is it absolutely necessary to soak raw almonds before eating them? I bought some in bulk and while the taste is obviously different from what I'm used to, I didn't really think much of it and chalked it up to "well, they're raw". Then I went ahead and mixed them up in a big tub with some chopped walnuts and chopped macadamias, so if soaking them is a necessary part of consumption, I've just wasted about 10 bucks.

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mspurrmeow
Sep. 13th, 2009 03:06 am (UTC)
I buy raw all the time and never soak them. Maybe I'm doing it wrong, but I've been eating them for a lot of years with no problems.
ragga_muffin
Sep. 13th, 2009 03:06 am (UTC)
I love raw almonds, I've never soaked mine.
sparkle_lite
Sep. 13th, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)
You only need to soak them if you are going to blend them up to make almond milk or something that requires a softer almond. Also, there was a law passed a few years ago that requires all almonds that are sold commercially to be pasteurized. Organic almonds are processes under high heat, and are technically not raw anymore. The only true way to get a raw almond is to get it directly from the grower, which you might have done since you said you bought in bulk.
nomad____
Sep. 13th, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)
I started reading this a little scared-- cause I eat raw almonds like it is going out of style, yum yum yum! I like the texture/taste
ixchel55
Sep. 13th, 2009 03:14 am (UTC)
I've also eaten a low of raw almonds in my life with no harm.

It's only bitter almonds (which doesn't mean they taste bitter) that contain prussic acid. According to this it's illegal to sell completely raw almonds in the US. All are heat treated to remove traces if poison and bacteria.

Of course I prefer the taste of lightly toasted nuts so I usually pop mine in a 350 degree oven in a single layer on a cookie sheet for 5-8 minutes.
audraeverafter
Sep. 13th, 2009 01:41 pm (UTC)
Yes, all almonds, even those labeled raw, that were bought from a grower in the United States have been pasteurized due to a (non-raw) almond scare with salmonella a couple years ago. A lot of the small almond farmers are mad about it. You CAN still buy raw almonds in the US, but usually from online places or specialty stores. They import them from Spain (whose almonds are flat out amazing).
cluelessinchi
Sep. 13th, 2009 03:56 am (UTC)
I do not know about eating raw almonds but I do soak almonds before making my almond milk. If you are not supposed to soak them they are not wasted. You could always make almond milk.

http://www.squidoo.com/making-almond-milk
rubyspirit
Sep. 13th, 2009 05:40 am (UTC)
I soak mine (almond and walnut) for about 20 minutes, drain and then put them in the dehydrator for a few minutes. If not, there's a chance they could mold in the refrigerator. Its suppose to help with digestion and make the enzymes come alive.
audraeverafter
Sep. 13th, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
This! I just lay mine out on a paper towel to dry, then put them in a container in the fridge until I use them. I usually do a cup at a time, unless I know I'm going to need a bunch more during that week. It won't hurt you to have them without being soaked, but it's supposed to be better for you if they are soaked.
alasbabylon
Sep. 14th, 2009 03:30 am (UTC)
what if you don't have a dehydrator?
rubyspirit
Sep. 14th, 2009 03:47 am (UTC)
Lay to dry on paper towel.
alasbabylon
Sep. 14th, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
cool, thank you :)
jeongyunsgirl
Sep. 13th, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
I like to soak them and then peal off the skins.
liviasplivia
Sep. 15th, 2009 02:10 am (UTC)
Soaking helps with digestion, so if you have poor digestion it's a good idea to soak them. But it's completely fine to eat them as is. :)
disgruntal_goat
Sep. 15th, 2009 03:03 am (UTC)
Sometimes I bake almonds in the oven for 10-15 minutes. THey just taste better that way.
jbirch22
Dec. 10th, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
All nuts with brown skins (almonds, walnuts, etc) contain TANNIC ACID (if you've ever been eating walnuts and your mouth starts to hurt, that's tannic acid), which is an enzyme inhibitor. Basically what this means is, say you eat a salad, then you eat a handful of unsoaked almonds, the almonds are now blocking the enzymes in the salad that would be helping to digest everything.

So in a nutshell, it impedes digestion.
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