Soaking cashews is an essential step to creating creamy cashew-based recipes. Most recipes will have their own soaking process, but it may not always work for your schedule. I’ve compiled the top 3 ways to soak cashews, fast or slow, so you can choose the method that works best for you! Whether you have the time to soak them overnight, or only 15-30 minutes to soften the nuts, this post has you covered.
But, before processing the raw nuts into a creamy cashew-based recipe, they need to be soaked.
All three of these methods will turn the raw cashews into softened nuts that can easily be processed into creamy vegan recipes.
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Soaking cashews in hot water
I’m starting with the hot water soak because this is my personal go-to method. It’s easy and only takes about 30 minutes of soak time.
I start by putting a pot of water on the stove and letting it come to a boil. Once it reaches a roaring boil I turn off the heat, toss in the cashews and cover the pot. While they soak I either finish a few things around the house or get started on the rest of dinner.
The longer you leave the cashews to soak in the hot water the softer they will become.
AND REMEMBER— The softer the cashew the smoother and creamier the sauces, dressing, cheeses, etc.
Soaking Cashews Overnight
This method takes the most time because the cashews are soaked in room temperature water. However, the cashews will remain raw and retain their full nutritional value.
If you have the extra time and want to keep your dressings and sauces raw then this method is for you.
Add the cashews to a bowl and fill with enough water to cover the nuts. Allow them to soak overnight. if you are planning ahead for dinner, the cashews can also be soaked for 5-8 hours during the day.
Boiling cashews is the fastest and easiest soaking method. It only takes about 15 minutes for the cashews to soften in boiling water. If you’re in a hurry this is the quickest way to soak cashews.
Add the cashews to a pot and fill with enough water to fully submerge them. Bring the water to a boil. Continue boiling the cashews for 10-15 minutes. Drain and rinse the softened cashews, then add them to the recipe.
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Can you soak cashews too long?
If cashews are soaked too long they acquire an unpleasant taste and texture.
If you notice the water they are soaking in becomes slimy and almost gel-like, toss ‘em out. They’ve been soaking in the same stagnant water for too long.
To avoid over-soaking, change out the water every 6-8 hours.
Favorite vegan recipes using soaked cashews
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Hot Water Method
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 157 Total Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 13mg Carbohydrates: 9g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 2g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 5g