So I recently started making my own almond milk. I have NOT been soaking my almonds before hand. I just put 1C almonds, 3-4C water, 3-4 pitted dates into my vita-mix and blend. Then I strain it in a nut milk bag. I think it tastes great. But every almond milk "recipe" I see says to soak your almonds for 8+ hours. Do I really need to do this? If so what does it do? Thanks
The soaking is supposed to activate the germination process--which is suppossed to increase the nutritional benefits. However, most almonds these days are not raw including even the ones labeled "raw" (if you were truly getting raw almonds you would know because they must have a disclaimer on them!) So they will never germinate by soaking them anyway. However, I soak my almonds just because I think it helps them blend down easier. It is the same with soaking my soybeans overnight before I put them in the machine. When I use dry nuts, I feel as if I end up wasting more of the nut than if I had actually soaked them down before hand.
good point cherrieblossom. I had forgotton about that almonds are pre cooked and i think cashews too. That why i quit making almond milk or eating them a while back, they r so hard for me to digest. I soak all my other nuts but i guess it doesn't do much good with almonds. Lol
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