How To Dry Nuts
If you have freshly harvested nuts and are wondering about how to dry nuts…just read on, for the blog explains the process by which nuts can be dried at home with ease. Nuts are usually dried with their shells intact so that the nutmeat does not get heated up. They can also be dried naturally by air drying or by using a dehydrator. Let us see how…
Air Drying the Nuts
- Take the nuts and wash them to get rid of dirt. Nuts taste awesome when soaked in salt water for some time prior to drying.
- Spread nuts on trays in a thin layer.
- Place trays in a place where there is continuous airflow and where sun’s rays can reach it.
- Most nuts would take many weeks to dry completely.
- Nuts are ready and dry when they shake in their shells.
- Break one open to check if nutmeat is dried and tastes fine.
Dry Nuts in Dehydrator
- Spread nuts in dehydrator trays.
- Set dehydrator temperature to 100 degrees F.
- Open all vents to ensure continuous airflow.
- Place trays inside.
- Let nuts dry for 24 hours.
- Check if done by breaking one open. Nutmeat should be devoid of moisture and nut should easily release from its shell.
- Continue to dry in dehydrator for another 12 to 24 hours until nuts dry to desired firmness.
Nuts can be dried near heaters and radiators too and this would take only about 2 to 4 days. Oven drying of nuts is generally not advised since ovens do not provide adequate airflow for drying nuts.
Store dried nuts in moisture free airtight containers and use it as a snack or as an ingredient for various recipes.