I want to really start soaking and low temp baking nuts. The thing is that (according to Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon) you bake for 12-24 hours. I can't even imagine how much that would cost in electricity. I have looked into dehydrators. There is a Nesco American Harvest 400 watt food dehydrator at Amazon for $34. Would nuts do well in a (cheap) dehydrator?
Anyone have any advice or thoughts or experiences?
I've used cheap dehydrators. I would never do it again. Especially for something like nuts that can burn. If getting a good quality dehydrator is out of the budget, I'd stick with the oven on it's lowest setting. You have far more control that way.
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I wouldn't get a plastic dehydrator. Who knows what kind of chemicals are leaching into your food with the combination of heat and plastic. I won't even do BPA free plastic. Who knows what chemical leaching they'll discover there someday.
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Dehydrators use very little electricity as compared to an oven. My favorite dehydrator is the Excalibur, but when I first started eating healthier, I just used a cheap dehydrator that I picked up at a yard sale. It got the job done, but the heat was not as even because it did not have a fan to circulate the warm air. But it still worked. I would recommend a dehydrator with a fan if possible and an adjustable temperature control.
My favorite thing to do with dehydrated nuts and seeds is to coat them with seasonings and herbs after you soak them. I made one batch the other day that was wonderful. I drained the soaked nuts (about 2-3 cups) and mixed together 3 Tbsp. tamari, 1 Tbsp onion powder, 1 tsp. garlic powder, 1/4 tsp. cayenne, and 2 Tbsp. minced chives. Coat the nuts and dehydrate. Yum!
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