I like to buy my nuts and seeds in bulk, then I first soak the ones that need to be soaked. Always soak first before you dehydrate them. After soaking lay on the trays without the nonstick pads spreading evenly. Click here for soaking information.

The main thing to remember is to be sure you have dehydrated your nuts and seeds long enough so there is absolutely no moisture left. Once you have soaked and dehydrated them, they are always ready to use. If you do large amounts put some in mason jars in the refrigerator and the rest in freezer bags in freezer.

Nuts and seeds should be dehydrated at temperatures between 115-118 to maintain the beneficial enzymes that enhance digestion and assimilation. I recommend the Excalibur brand dehydrators for best results. Below is an easy chart to use. Always check them at the listed beginning time to see how dry they are and make the decision how much longer they need. I say go for the longer time so there is no question if they are dry enough.

Type of nut/seed Dehydration time
Almonds 24 – 48 hours
Pecans 24 – 48 hours
Pumpkin seeds 12 – 24 hours
Sunflower seeds 12 – 24 hours
Walnuts 24 – 48 hours

It is helpful to check the dehydrator occasionally and stir the nuts/seeds. Be sure they are crisp and dry to avoid mold during storage.