22 April, 2012

How to Sprout Almonds

Why do we need to sprout the almonds? Almonds are difficult to digest because of an enzyme-inhibiting substance in their brown coating. These enzyme inhibitors protect the nut or seed until it has, what it needs for growth. Soaking Almonds overnight removes these toxic enzyme inhibitors so that the enzymes secreted during digestion can do their job, also the gluten breaks down and digestion becomes much easier. Phytic acid which inhibits absorption of vital minerals is also reduced after soaking Almonds. This helps our body get the benefits of vitality contained within them. (Source:Buzzle)

Once the Almonds starts sprouting it has more life force or prana in it. Therefore, it's more sattvic when it's sprouting. Apart from increase in the nutrients, sprouted almonds taste great too.

Soaked and Sprouted Almond


I should have posted this before the almond milk post but I was experimenting to find out the optimum time for the almond to sprout. I have read different methods on the internet but I wanted to find one that would work for me and is easy to follow. Most people mentioned that sprouting Almonds just meant soaking them and you won't get a tail out. Since I believe what I see, I was not ready to call soaked almonds as sprouted.

1st attempt: I soaked the almonds for 24 hours. Placed it in the hot box for another 24 hours. Rinsing the almonds every 12 hours. I was disappointed thinking that it wouldn't sprout and it had started to give an off smell which as mentioned in many articles as normal and goes away with rinsing. After 48 hours, worried that I might end up spoiling all the almonds, I decided to use them and do the experiment some other time. As I blanched the almonds and skinned them to make Almond Milk, I was surprised to see a small tail peeping out. The experiment was successful indeed.

2nd attempt: Soaked almonds for 24hours and kept it in the hot box for 12 hours. It did sprout and I had to rinse the almonds only twice. 

3rd attempt: This is what I found to be the optimum timing with minimum work. If you live in Kerala or somewhere hot and humid, this timing should work well. This is what I have explained below.

Stuff you need:
  • Almonds
  • Water
  • Casserole (Hot pot/Hot box)
Procedure: 

1. Soak Almonds in drinking water for 10 hours.


2. The almonds must have doubled in size by now. Drain the almonds and place it in a casserole or just cover it with a wet towel. Let this sit for 12 hours.


3. After 12 hours you will see white spots at the tip of the almond indicating that it has sprouted. To actually see the sprout break it open and you can see tiny sprouts coming out. Rinse well and it's ready for use.


You can eat them right away as a snack or make almond milk or use them for cooking and baking.

Notes:
1. Seriously you don't really need a hot pot casserole; just covering it with a damp kitchen towel works well. I just learned this from Jeyashri's Kitchen and totally love using the casserole instead of towel.
2. The procedure should work for everyone but there may be variation soaking time etc depending on the weather conditions. If you need to soak longer just make sure you rinse the almonds once in 12 hours and change the water.
3. Never use the water in which the almonds were soaked for cooking etc.
4. You can use the almonds right away or blanch it to remove the skin.
5. Please use raw almonds, the pasteurized ones won't sprout.

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40 comments:

  1. That turned out nice and thanks for trying out

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    1. U won't believe how much I loved doing it in the casserole... Thanks to u. :)

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  2. Thanks for this informative blog.
    Deepa

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  3. very informative!i didn't know that you're not supposed to eat raw almonds!!!!live n learn!..thanks for this anisha.

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    1. I'm guessing you mean dry almonds... Sprouting is still raw... :)

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  4. lovely informative post,nicely explained,Anisha..had seen at Jeyashri's space (the casserole method):D

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  5. Very useful post, beautifully done.

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  6. This is fantastic... never heard of sprouting almonds before... thanks for the useful post...
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  7. Oh lovely!! I love how you've written this in so much of detail.. wow!

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  8. Very useful and informative post. Though I have used almonds so many times, I had never bothered to look these things up.

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  9. Very informative, thanks for sharing dear..

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  10. while i always blanch almonds over night and peel the skin before having them...i did not know sprouting almonds are more nutritious!!

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    1. I didn't even know that we could sprout almonds... It is relatively new info to me too... :)

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  11. Very informative post ,will surely try this and thanks for sharing this informative ,nutritious post :)

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  12. I have often seen white spots at the tip of the almonds I soak but never knew that we was eating sprouted almonds!!!! Thanks for sharing...this was indeed very helpful post.

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  13. wow..excellent post..thanks for sharing dear..:)
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  14. Great Info, i have always soaked almonds never knew abt sprouting...I must say Flavours with grt Info...happy to follow u ..

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  15. Useful post. I never knew of almond sprouting

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  16. I can't wait to try this. I've never known that sprouting almonds does so many beneficial things. I read that soaking them makes them easier to digest but I love coming here and reading the 'why'. Thank you for such an informative article. The more I cook in the kitchen, I want to know more about the chemical process behind cooking.

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  17. thanks for this wonderful post dear, so informative..would love to try this soon :)

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  18. I have never sprouted almonds before. useful post

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  19. Its most unique post i have never seen in any blog..Great job..!! I liked it :)

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  20. I always soak the almonds overnight but never thought of sprouting them..a very informative post..thanks for sharing this

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  21. my son is three year old. can i give him sprouted almond milk in winters. we lived in delhi.

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    1. There is no harm in having almond milk during winters unless your son has nut allergies. But it would be best to consult your son's pedeatrician if you are doubtful.

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  22. I'm in Jamaica, but the almonds I bought yesterday are from Canada*. They didn't say 'raw' or 'pasteurized' on the label, just 'Almonds Natural Whole'. O_o. So...I took out three to test as see if they're raw or if they were pasteurised. I removed them from water I had them soaking in from about midnight roughly 3+ hours ago**, and have them in a small container to see if they'll sprout. I hope they will, especially since sprouted almonds are said to be so nutritious.

    *Apparently, they're pasteurized for sale within North America, but not if they're to be exported. Hmm. We'll see.

    **Were they soft to the touch when you soaked yours?

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    1. I'm not sure if I will call it soft to touch but they double in size after soaking. I hope the ones u got are not pasturized... :)

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  23. Hi Anisha...i have almonds in office as an evening snack. will they get spoiled if i carry them in the morning after peeling ?

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  24. Thanks for the article! I've pre-sprouted almonds, but haven't gotten many visible sprouts. I'll try this method. Putting them in a dehydrator for about 12 - 18 hours afterwards will make them last for a long time, versus going bad after a week just sprouted.

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    1. I, too, dehydrate after soaking. I've read 12-24 hours, but I have done it for 48 hours. It's important to make sure they are COMPLETELY dry and brittle. They get to a point where they seem dry but still have some moisture in them. Mistakenly thinking they are completely dry and storing them as such can lead to mold growth and illness. It is better to err on the side of caution... to ensure food safety, dehydrate for longer time rather than minimal recommendations. Always test several by breaking them in half. When you think they might be dry but you're not sure... that's when they really aren't completely dry. When they are COMPLETELY dry, you will know it! Try it... dry them and test them after 12-18 hours. Then keep drying and test them at around 36-48 hours. You will see and feel the difference.

      I use a food processor to make almond butter. I have only made a couple of batches so far. The first was with soaked & dehydrated almonds. I should have stopped around the 8 or 9 minute mark when they were perfectly creamy. I overprocessed which caused the consistency to get harder again, so I had to add oil which did taste delish! However, the next batch I made was with dry/unsoaked almonds. It took 18-20 minutes and I do not recommend it. It can possibly burn out the motor on the food processor. I've read blogs about this and it does happen to people quite frequently. If your food processor is not that great, run it for shorter periods then let it rest and cool down so you don't burn out the motor. I think I added the same amount of salt and honey to both almond butter batches, but the one using dehydrated soaked almonds tasted so much better! Enjoy :)

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    2. hi,
      are you saying after finishing the soaking, you will leave the almond 48 hours to completely dry or are using the dehydrator. please don't tell me to use dehydrator as i don't have one.

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  26. Can you dry almonds after they are sprouted and you remove the skin?

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  27. I remove the skin... though I haven't tried drying after sprouting, I have heard that it can be done.

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  28. Hi Anisha,

    I left the almond soaking for 3 days without changing the water as I was planning to make almond milk but I was so busy so I left it. After 3 days I made the milk but there was a smell. Is it OK to drink the milk? Thank you.

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    1. To be honest I do not know if it is harmful... If u washed the soaked almonds thoroughly before making the milk I think there is any reason to be alarmed... If the smell is too bad its best not u use it. If its mild I would flavour it to mask n use...

      I've never soaked them so long without changing water.

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