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ASK LINDA: a question about soaking almonds

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

QUESTION: Hi Linda,
I just discovered a bowl of almonds I was sprouting on my counter has mold on them.  I soaked them starting Friday night, drained them Saturday night and put a towel over them until tonight (Sunday night) to put them in the dehydrator but they are moldy!  Should I throw them out?  What did I do wrong?
Thanks,
P.

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ANSWER: Hi there P.!

You should soak almonds for about 8 hours, drain/rinse and then fill up with water again and stick in your fridge until you are ready to use them – they’ll last 5 days this way but you’ll want to drain/rinse/fill with fresh water each day. When you are ready to use the almonds, you’ll want to drain/rinse the almonds one last time.

OR you could soak them for 8 hours and then rinse, then put them in a bag in your freezer until you are ready to use. It’s not as ideal but it’s a great way to have soaked nuts ready for use whenever you are ready to use them!

It sounds like the conditions were right to start some bacteria to grow on them. I wouldn’t use them, I’m sorry to say and that’s a bummer. Sounds like you have a warm kitchen! 🙂

Take care and hope that helps,
Linda

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Ask Linda! Please feel free to submit your questions to linda AT vt-fiddle.com. Questions don’t have to be completely raw food related but please bring questions on health, recipes, diet, weight issues, nutrition, parenting, nursing, pregnancy, spirituality or whatever it is you’d like to ask. I’ll do my best to answer and will most certainly learn from this as much as I can give.

ASK LINDA – a question about Vitamix

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Question: what vitamix model should I buy? — S.

Answer: Thanks for your question! I want to start by saying that I’ve been using my VitaMix blender since 2001 and I still have the same one I bought back then. It works great. I’ve been using the 4500 from day one and thought for sure that this would be the only model for me. It has an on/off switch and a high/low switch. It’s a powerful blender and it blends everything like a dream. You just turn the machine on and its 2+ horse power blends anything and everything super fast and creamy. I haven’t had any problems grinding grains/nuts/seeds with it, nor with making juices, smoothies, soups, pates, spreads, ice creams, puddings, and everything else in between. For me, the 4500 was going to be my one and only blender that I was going to carry.

the 4500 blender

I’ve just recently tried the VitaMix Turboblend VS, the one with the variable speed. I received this as a gift for submitting some of my recipes to VitaMix for their new recipe book. I received the blender in December so it’s a new experience for me to use the variable speed. Because of that, I’d say it was a little difficult for me to get used to in the beginning. I think because I was so used to the 4500, I saw the variable speed initially as adding another step to the process and I wasn’t quite “getting” the real use for it.

Now that’s it’s been a coupla months since using the variable speed, I can say honestly that I do enjoy using it daily. I think it does an even better job of grinding nuts/seeds/grains. I think it makes quicker work of making creamy dips and spreads. It’s less messy (and therefore easier/faster to clean) to use the VS when blending smoothies because the ingredients don’t go shooting up to the top of the lid like in the 4500. I also think that it means not needing to use the tamper tool as much. So, I now love both the 4500 and the VS.

I have never tried the 5200 but just from looking at it and reading it, it says that people should use the 5200 if they DON’T plan to grind their own grains. (Why on earth would you not grind your own grains?!?!) 🙂 There’s also a grippy black handle vs. the other blenders that just have regular plastic handles. I’m sure it’s a great blender, but I DO enjoy having the versatility of grinding my own nuts/seeds/grains as well as making ice creams and soups, smoothies, juices, creams, dressings, pates, spreads, etc.

So my recommendations would be to save your pennies and get yourself a VitaMix – it doesn’t really matter which one as you’ll love it as soon as you blend your first smoothie in it. Get the 4500 if you want the base model (which is a really kickass model) – you’ll save about $50 between the 4500 and the next model up. The VS and 5200 cost $449.00 and it’s definitely has it’s perks to using that variable speed. I don’t want to discourage anyone from trying it at all. I love both models now and I think it’s just a matter of preference. Make up your mind based on your budget and needs.

I will end by saying that for $50 additional (for the VS), you’ll not only get the blender with the variable speed, but you’ll receive one of our hemp 12 x 12 nut milk bags AND the amazing recipe BINDER that has really awesome recipes in it. (All raw vegan recipes) – I really think that’s special. So many people ask me what to do and how to get started and this really is a great kit to get you started on eating more health-fully.

the turbo blend vs (variable speed) with the kickass recipe binder and one of our kickass hemp nut milk bags!

So that’s that! Thanks for the questions! Please email me back and tell me what you end up getting.

xoxo,

Linda

P.S. best site for vitamix recipes

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Ask Linda! Please feel free to submit your questions to linda AT vt-fiddle.com. Questions don’t have to be completely raw food related but please bring questions on health, recipes, diet, weight issues, nutrition, parenting, nursing, pregnancy, spirituality or whatever it is you’d like to ask. I’ll do my best to answer and will most certainly learn from this as much as I can give.

sweet fundraiser <3 <3 <3 - HEARTS and SPARKLES!

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

adding a new photo:

I’m posting this for Celia, my friend and a worker bee at Fiddle Heads Cafe. She is doing a fundraiser for her friend, Rebecca. Rebecca is originally from Shelburne, VT and has a really remarkable story that can be seen here: www.rebeccasrecovery.webs.com

Celia is making these sweet SWEET beaded creations. Check out a coupla photos here:

Hearts and butterflies and sparkles and beads!!! How could you not want one? Particularly because 100% of the proceeds goes to help Rebecca pay her exorbanent medical bills.

Celia is taking orders! Please email her at cj1ceagainATgmail.com. Prices vary depending on size and level of detail. You can choose the style or color scheme. The size is about 18 inches long and look LOVELY in your window. I’ve got some hanging over the counter here at the cafe. When I look at them, I just love them. They inspire me to sparkle and to love and I LOVE that they are in their small way, helping Rebecca.


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