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THE WHY ~ Many of us understand the importance of soaking & dehydrating our grains ~ removing the phytic coating allows for easier digestion and the potent nutrients absorb much easier into our bodies! Do the same with seeds, nuts & beans. You will love the result!  Did you read Ferne’s testimony? It was just another nail in that proverbial coffin. The foods God created with the phytic pesticide coating cause belly issues in some folks more than others. Before the advent of modern machinery, harvested grain stalks would remain in the fields indefinitely. The rain & dew naturally soaked off the covering. Using our machinery, grains stored in silos retain their coating. FLAVOR  & TEXTURE ~ if for no other reason, nuts & seeds are so crispy & crunchy after S & D.


THE WHAT ~ most GRAINS & BEANS, many NUTS & some SEEDS

I S & D the GRAINS that run through my mill. Little ones like amaranth, millet, & quinoa are too small, so I don’t. The grains that run through the roller/flaker, I don’t  S & D, because removing the slick coating makes the rolling process much longer! However, the phytic coating can be soaked off with water & acid, like healthy yogurt, lemon juice or vinegar. So soak your hot cereal overnight. No need to rinse, just turn up the heat & cook!

BEANS & LEGUMES S & D easier than grains & seeds. The large rinsed beans quickly spread out in the trays. A quick shake evens them out, ready for the heat! I have pintos, kidneys, blacks, garbanzo & great northern all done, ready for a quick SIZZLE pot meal. Smaller ones like lentils & peas, I don’t, unless they will be milled into flour.

NUTS & SEEDS  I  S & D them all except large Brazil nuts and tiny chia & flax seeds. Oh so crispy & delicious. Store large nuts in the freezer in case they weren’t totally dry ~ don’t care for those ‘fuzzy nuts.’ Walnuts lose their bitter after taste & almonds slide down without the scratchy throat feeling, once S & D.



THE HOW ~ I S & D everything in a gallon pail for about 8 hours. If it turns into 12 to 24, no worries. Life happens. Pour your soaked item into a mesh colander & rinse well! If you have room, spread out several dehydrator trays on the counter, I do 4 of them at once. Evenly divide your food among the trays. Stack another set of empty trays on the full trays & divide out the remaining rinsed food. Stack the full trays onto your dehydrator base. Set the time (generally 8 hours) & the temperature. Grains ~ 120*. Beans, seeds, & nuts ~ 135* to 145* for 8 to 12 hours. I check the underside of my dehydrator lid. If no moisture remains, feel the food. If it is dry & crispy, you are ready to store. To empty the trays, insert them all into a designated pillowcase. ’Feed’ the pillowcase into a jar. Done. Some items I store in its original packaging, the Azure brown bags.

GRAINS when we make a batch of bread, I start soaking a batch of bread grains for the next batch of dough., 3 C each spelt & Kamut, 6 C Prairie Gold. Then we always have a jar waiting in the pantry for milling. I soak equal parts of spelt, barley & oat groats for other baking needs, MY ALL PURPOSE FLOUR.  Click the link for some downloadable charts!


Too much time involved? Not really, about 15 to 20 extra minutes, so worth the investment! You will truly notice the difference. Visit me. I’ll show you!



Western cultures primarily depend on animal foods for protein. Most of the world utilize the protein & fats in grains, seeds, nuts & beans for their nourishment. I am not advocating a vegan diet, but certainly start incorporating these super foods! Also, eat your nuts & seeds with some dairy to make a complete protein! John & I snack on seeds & nuts all the time. They are so satisfying, real food, with no ‘after affects’ that comes from commercialized ‘food.’ Here’s a challenge… instead of purchasing expensive snacks, pick up 5# bags of sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds & your favorite raw nuts. S & D (soak & dehydrate) them. Add dark chocolate chips That’s a trail mix fit for a King & Queen!


Directions to 15091 Lazy Lady Lane  in Palmer:

Come to Palmer via the Glenn Highway. At the last light before heading to Glennallen, turn onto Arctic headed out of town toward the Butte, from Anchorage a right hand turn. Proceed about 3 miles across the Matanuska River to Clark Wolverine Road on the left. Turn up C W Road, following all the signs and general traffic pattern, go another 3 miles. Where Clark continues straight, turn left onto Wolverine Road. Go 1.5 miles to Lazy Lady Lane on the left. We are the 5th driveway on the right. Wholy Living signs should direct you right on in. Allow about an hour from Muldoon and 30 minutes from Freds in Wasilla except during the 5 pm rush hour traffic. If necessary, give us a call ~ 745-5639.


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