How to Dehydrate Nuts for Better Digestion (After Soaking)

By Eric Mitchell β€’  Updated: Sep 20, 2023 β€’  7 min read

When it comes to enhancing nuts’ nutritional profile and digestibility, a straightforward technique comes into play – soaking and drying.

This method, often employed in various dietary approaches like the paleo diet, helps to maximize nutrient absorption and ease digestion by mitigating the impact of phytonutrients. The following sections will guide you through this simple process of how to dehydrate nuts.

Different nuts and dehydrator

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Key Takeaways on How to Dehydrate Nuts

Soaking and Drying Nuts

Nuts, though loaded with essential nutrients, can be challenging for the body to digest due to their phytonutrient content. These phytonutrients can bind with other elements in our system, essentially robbing us of some nutrients instead of nourishing us.

This soaking practice mirrors the common culinary tradition of pre-soaking grains or beans before cooking, effectively enhancing their digestibility and nutrient availability.

Preparing Your Nuts: The Soaking Process

Start by choosing a sufficiently large glass container for your nuts. A half-gallon jar or a large glass bowl would be perfect for this purpose. You’ll likely fill about half of your chosen container with nuts.

It’s essential to ensure you have a lid for your container, especially if your kitchen is prone to flies or fruit flies, as you definitely don’t want any unwanted guests invading your nut-soaking process.

Soaking nuts (almonds) in glass bowl

Pour enough water into the container to not just cover the nuts but significantly exceed their volume as the nuts are going to expand slightly. The soaking process usually runs overnight, allowing ample time for the nuts to absorb water.

Draining and Drying (In the Food Dehydrator)

In the morning, drain the soaked nuts using a large colander and then evenly spread them out on dehydrator trays. Sprinkle some salt over the nuts for added flavor before placing them in the dehydrator (I use the 6-tray Cosori model).

The temperature setting for the dehydrator isn’t crucial as long as it is turned on. A mid-range temperature setting is generally sufficient.

The nuts will need to be dried for at least 12 hours, but sometimes it may take up to 24 hours or more depending on various factors such as the time of the year, the humidity level in your house, and the temperature you set on the dehydrator.

The key indicator to watch for is that the nuts should turn crispy, indicating all the moisture has been removed.

Storage and Usage

Once the nuts are completely dried and crispy, store them in airtight containers and keep them in your pantry. This process is recommended for all types of nuts and is particularly useful if you are using them for baking or just consuming them as a snack.

Nuts in Jar

Thus, the process of soaking and drying your nuts is simple and very beneficial to enhance the nutritional value and digestibility of your favorite nuts. Give it a try, and enjoy your healthier, crunchier, and tastier nuts!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to dry nuts after soaking?

Yes, it’s crucial to dry nuts after soaking to remove all the moisture. This ensures they stay crunchy and prevents any possible mold or bacterial growth that could occur in a damp environment.

How do you soak and dry raw almonds?

To soak and dry raw almonds, follow these steps:

  1. Place your raw almonds in a large glass container.
  2. Fill the container with enough water to fully submerge the almonds and allow for their expansion.
  3. Cover and let them soak overnight.
  4. In the morning, drain the almonds and spread them out on dehydrator trays.
  5. Sprinkle some salt over the almonds and place them in the dehydrator.
  6. Dry the almonds at a medium temperature setting for at least 12 hours, or until completely dry and crispy.

How do you dry nuts without a dehydrator?

If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can dry nuts in an oven (or browse our reviews for one). Spread the soaked nuts evenly on a baking tray and put them in an oven set at a low temperature (around 150 degrees Fahrenheit or 65 degrees Celsius).

Leave the oven door slightly open to allow moisture to escape. Check the nuts regularly and stir them around until they are thoroughly dry and crispy.

How long should you soak nuts?

Nuts should generally be soaked overnight, which is typically around 8 to 12 hours. However, the soaking time may vary depending on the type of nut. For instance, softer nuts like cashews might require a shorter soaking time to avoid becoming too soft.

Is it necessary to refrigerate soaked and dried nuts?

After the nuts are thoroughly dried, it is not necessary to refrigerate them. They can be stored in an airtight container in your pantry. However, if you live in a very humid climate or want to extend the shelf life of the nuts, refrigeration can be beneficial.

Eric Mitchell

Eric is the owner, author, content director and founder of He is the lead architect and the main man in matters concerning dehydrators, their accessories, guides, reviews and all the accompaniments.Whenever he is not figuring out simple solutions (hacks) involving cookery and their eventual storage, you will find him testing out the different types of dehydrators, to bring us the juicy details regarding these devices.He is a foodie enthusiast, pasionate about making jerky has a knack for healthy and tasty food and won't hesitate to share out any ideas that might be of value around this subject.

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