How to soak raw cashews before blending
Learn how to soak raw cashews four ways. Choose the best for your recipe and schedule, from overnight to lightening quick. Don’t let soaking raw cashews slow you down or keep you from making a dairy-free sauce, ice cream, or cheesecake!
- Easiest and fastest. If you want them now, quick soak raw cashews by putting them in a heat-proof measuring cup (think Pyrex), covering them with water, and then microwaving on high for two minutes. This is the way I usually use.
- No microwave and fast. If you don’t want to microwave raw cashews, boil water and pour it over the cashews, and then let them soak for five minutes. I do this if I already have boiling water on hand.
- Greenest. If you are planning ahead (yaay, you!), cover them with an inch or so of water and let them soak on your counter or in the refrigerator for six to twelve hours. I do this when I’m at my most organized and aspire to do it all the time.
- Raw and pretty fast. If the recipe says how much water is used to soak the cashews and that water is used in the recipe, then you can put the cashews and that amount of water into the food processor or blender, pulse a few times, and let the mix soak for an hour.