How To Blanch Almonds

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To blanch almonds means to peel or remove the outer brown skin by briefly immersing in hot water before peeling. This is a fast and easy method that can often come in handy, and the way I blanch my almonds. When you compare the price of store bought blanched almonds to un-blanched almonds, the price can be quite significant. That of course is an added bonus that will leave your wallet happy. I also feel that the taste when I blanch my own almonds is much better than buying ready blanched almonds. Would you agree?

If you try just to peel the almonds without first soaking in hot water, it will be very difficult to peel and the almond will be damaged from the scratching of the skin.

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How to Blanch Almonds :
Ingredients:
skin-on (or un-blanched) almonds
pot
boiling water, enough just to cover the almonds
strainer

bowl of cold water
paper towels

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1. Bring just enough water to cover the almonds to a rolling boil. Turn the heat off, then gently pour the almonds into the pot. Allow to sit for 1 minute, then quickly strain. (You don’t want to cook and soften the almonds. They need to stay crisp.) Place the almonds in a bowl with very cold water, allow to sit 1 minute then drain. Place the almonds back in the bowl and cover with cold water again. **UPDATE** If the almonds you are blanching are a bit older, the skin may be harder to remove and require longer blanching in the hot water. This can cause the almonds to become soft so make sure you get purchase almonds.**

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2. Pickup an almond and gently squeeze between your thumb and index finger, pushing the skin off the almond. It should come off very easily. Repeat until all almonds have been peeled. Now spread the almonds on paper towels and pat dry.

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Once dried the almonds can be used in any of your favorite recipes or enjoyed as a snack if you prefer.

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Do you have a better or different method for blanching almonds? Would you like to share it?

Previous Post Using Almonds:
~ Homemade Almond Milk (Raw)
~ Caramelized Pears on Goat Cheese Crostini
~ Blood Orange Zest Rolls

Comments

  1. says

    hi Nancy, you are so thoughtful. I almost do the same as you do, except that after soaking them in hot water once and once in cold water i start to peel them. next time I'll soak them twice in cold water.

    looking forward to future lessons.

    Have a wonderful week

  2. says

    Good to know, especially since I haven't always been able to find blanched almonds in the stores. Now, do you have an easy method for slithering them so they come out uniform and not all chopped up? And without slicing a finger off? ;-)

  3. says

    This is AWESOME! It's a section completely dedicated to teaching newbies like me! Between this and the photography series, Nancy you are teaching me a lot. I can't wait to soak everything up!

  4. says

    Wow, I've never actually thought of blanching almonds. I just chop them or eat them plain. Is there a particular reason for blanching them? It looks really simple.

  5. says

    Wow, that first picture of you holding the almond whose skin has just cracked is magnificent. I love it. And I love the almonds too! Thank you for this tutorial :)

  6. Anonymous says

    This method is good for kids (my bro and I lost at least 20 almonds under the banister), esp. when making homemade marzipan.

  7. says

    Hey Nancy, “Kitchen Know How” is such a great idea! Oh, and I've wondered about how to blanch almonds before. I always love when I go to some of my North African friends' houses for tea. They always make these delicious semolina cookies with a blanched almond on top. One that they blanched themselves, of course (smile). I will be using this soon. Yes, yes!

  8. says

    Hi Nancy
    I love your new series!! We can all learn something, and helping out each other just makes us all better….
    Thanks for sharing your knowledge!
    Cheers
    Dennis

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