|Soaking seeds and nuts for trail mix.|
Today is the day I am usually doing my weekly cleaning and any prep work for kitchen related things. Like soaking nuts. Since I need to make some trail mix for my husband, getting the nuts and seeds soaked so they can dry tonight was priority.
I don't soak cashews and I'm not a stickler for "soaking and sprouting everything" I just don't have the energy for that these days. But I do enjoy nuts and seeds soaked and dried.
This morning I got the pecans, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds soaking with salt. They will sit all day, at least 7 hours then I have a dehydrator they will go in tonight when we go to bed.
I have found this rhythm to be best for me since I don't like to listen to it in the daytime, even though it sits in the laundry room when I use it.
Most of the time they will be dry by tomorrow morning about 10 am, so about 12 - 14 hours.
Since the dehydrator is such low voltage, it doesn't use much electricity and I only use it for nuts these days. I used to do much more dehydrating, but we have found the "rehydrated" carrots etc aren't something we care for. So, nuts it is.
Everyone that has tasted on of these soaked and dried pecan or pumpkin seed has said "wow! That's really good. I never would have thought it would make a difference." It does, and my husband enjoys it in the trail mix I make.
The nuts are purchased in bulk, and they do last me a long time. Well worth the cost. And the time for me to make this trail mix...minutes. Even the dehydrating prep. The longest part of the process is washing off the drying screens. Otherwise, easy peasy.
After dehydrating pecans, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.
1C. Sunflower seeds
1C Pumpkin seeds
1/2 C Raisins
1/3 C Chocolate chips (Mr. P likes them but says he doesn't want them to drown out the rest)
Mix in a large bowl and put into a container with a lid. Portion out about 1/3c. is a serving.
As age has an affect on how much I eat these days, I don't eat but a few nuts every few days. For me I gain weight with nuts and too many fruits. Love them but we have an agreement: I will only eat a few and they won't affect my weight too much. ☺
Have a blessed day!