How to blanch almonds

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How to peel (blanche) almonds. If you buy almonds, most of the time they come with the peel on them. For eating this is fine, but using them in a recipe, you will need to remove the peel. Getting that peel off can be frustrating, unless you know now.

How to peel (blanch) almonds is a step-by-step guide to getting the peel of almonds. You may not need this everyday, but here it is for when you need peel almonds for a recipe. How to peel (blanch) almonds is a step-by-step guide to getting the peel of almonds. You may not need this everyday, but here it is for when you need peel almonds for a recipe.

Getting the peel off almond was the hurdle I faced when I went to make the very popular Florentine cookies. The recipe called for peeled almonds but I couldn’t find them so I researched how to do it myself. It’s so easy and I’m sure you pay more for peeled because someone had to peel them, so I did the work.

So here’s the very easy way to do this…

Place a small saucepan of water over high heat until it comes to a boil. Add the almonds and boil for 1 minute, NO LONGER, or they will soften.

How to peel (blanch) almonds is a step-by-step guide to getting the peel of almonds. You may not need this everyday, but here it is for when you need peel almonds for a recipe.

Drain the almonds and run under cold water to stop the cooking process and cool them down.

How to peel (blanche) almonds. If you buy almonds, most of the time they come with the peel on them. For eating this is fine, but using them in a recipe, you will need to remove the peel. Getting that peel off can be frustrating, unless you know now.

When the almonds are cool enough to handle, removing the skins is easy. Just squeeze them between your fingers and the skin will come right off.

How to peel (blanch) almonds. If you buy almonds, most of the time they come with the peel on them. For eating this is fine, but using them in a recipe, you will need to remove the peel. Getting that peel off can be frustrating, unless you know now.

  • 5 ounces raw unsalted almonds skin on
  • Medium saucepan of water
  1. Over high heat, bring the saucepan of water to a boil.
  2. Add the almonds and boil for 1 minute, no longer because they will soften.
  3. Drain and rinse with cold water to cool and stop them from cooking.

How to Peel (Blanch) Almonds Calories 203 Calories from Fat 153 Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Florentine Cookies

Florentine cookies are lace cookies made from  chopped almonds with orange & vanilla. They are then sandwiched with chocolate and you get the most delicious cookies.

How To Blanch Almonds

When it comes to blanchings almonds you have 2 options:

Overnight Soaking Method

You can soak raw almonds (with the skin on) in a cup filled with cold water.

To do so, simply place almonds in a bowl and fill it with cold tap water until they are fully covered. Cover the bowl loosely with plastic wrap or a paper towel and let is sit overnight.

In the morning, drain almonds using a colander and gently squeeze the almonds to loosen their skin. It should come off easily.

Boiling Method

Alternatively, you can fill a small saucepan with 2 cups of water and bring it to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, you can place the almonds into the saucepan and let them sit in there for 2 minutes.

Drain using a colander, rinse under cold water and start peeling off immediately. Here there are 2 important things:

  1. Be sure to keep an eye on the almonds as if you let them sit longer they will start softening too much. You should drain them as soon as you see their skins start looking wrinkled. In my experiments I found out that this happens between 1 or 2 minutes.Once you drain and rinse them, you need to start peeling the skins while they are still warm because as they sit in room temperature (and cool down) it becomes harder to remove the skins.
  2. Depending on what recipe you plan on using them, it is important to make sure to dry them completely. This step is crucial especially if you are using blanched almonds to make almond flour at home.
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To do so, line a sheet pan with a few sheets of paper towels, scatter the freshly blanched almonds on it, and let them dry for 4-6 hours or even overnight. With that being said, I do not recommend letting them sit longer (than overnight) as they will start losing their freshness.

Learn how to remove almond skin to have blanched almonds

What To Do With The Almond Skins

As you peel almonds you will be left with a lot of skins. Before this experiment, I used to throw them away. However, during my research I found out that the skin is a full antioxidants and vitamin E and promotes good bacteria in the gut.

Nowadays instead of throwing them away, I dry them on a sheet pan, process them in a food processor to later add in my smoothies or oatmeal in the morning.

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Where To Buy Blanched Almonds

If the additional cost is not an issue for you, you can always get blanched almonds at your supermarket. I usually order it on amazon have used this brand (affiliate link) to be a good one.

Print Learn how to blanch almonds with this blanched almonds recipe

Recipe for Blanched Almonds – Learn how to blanch almonds in two easy ways. With a little planning and time, you can avoid having to pay extra for blanched almonds at the supermarket.

  • Author: Aysegul Sanford
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 20 min
  • Yield: 1 cup
  • Category: Vegan
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: American
  • 1 cup raw almonds (they should not be salted or roasted)
  • 2 cups water – cold tap water is fine

Method 1  – Overnight Method:

  1. Place almonds in a small cup and fill with water.
  2. Let is sit overnight.
  3. In the morning drain using a colander and rinse with cold water.
  4. Gently squeeze each almond to remove its skin.
  5. Place blanched almonds on a sheet pan lined with paper towels to dry.
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Method 2 – Boiling Water Method:

  1. Bring water to boil in a small saucepan.
  2. Once it comes to a boil, add in the almonds and let them sit in there for 1-2 minutes or until the skins start getting wrinkly.
  3. Drain and rinse with cold tap water.
  4. Gently squeeze each almond to remove its skin.
  5. Place blanched almonds on a sheet pan lined with paper towels to dry.
  • The nutritional value below is for 1 cup of blanched almonds

“I have an aunty, on my husband’s side who routinely eats six blanched almonds on a daily basis. Despo will count out her raw almonds each night and then soak them in water with a little bit of salt to activate them. Then in the morning, she will peel the almonds one by one and eat them slowly. She believes that the almonds are vital for her health.

I have dedicated this post Thea Despo because blanching almonds will always remind me of her.”

Sia

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INGREDIENTS

  • 180g raw almonds
  • 350g water

STEPS

  1. Place almonds (180g) and water (350g) into the bowl. Ensure there is enough water to cover the nuts. Cook 5 minutes/steaming temperature/reverse/slowest speed.
  2. Use the small simmering basket to strain the almonds. Discard the water.
  3. Tip the strained almonds onto a tea towel. Use the tea towel to rub the almonds and flake off the brown skin. Or use fingers to rub each almond individually to remove the brown skin.
  4. The almonds can be used in cooking or baking immediately. However, if the almonds are not being used immediately then they must be dehydrated before stored in the fridge or pantry.

Raw Almonds

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NOTES

To dehydrate the almonds:

Option 1: Use a dehydrator and follow the user manual instructions to dehydrate the almonds.

Option 2: Put the almonds on a baking tray and dehydrate in the oven on the lowest temperature for about 30 minutes.

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In Praise of Lard

In making these almonds, I typically infuse hot lard with fresh herbs, remove them from the skillet, and toss in the almonds – stirring them in the hot fat until they release their fragrance and brown a bit (they’re easy to overcook, so be mindful and watch your pan).  Lard is a beautiful fat and, unfortunately, very deeply maligned – and maligned without reason. Lard from pasture-raised pigs – that is pigs raised outdoors under the bright sunshine – is extraordinarily rich in vitamin D, a nutrient severely lacking in both adults and children.

Vitamin D supports bone health and immune system function.  While you can, theoretically, manufacture vitamin D in your skin through exposure to the sun, it is very difficult to do so depending on your latitude and how much time you spend out of doors, making food sources of vitamin D like lard and cod liver oil (which you can find here) more and more critical to health.

Lard is also an excellent source of monounsaturated fat – the same heart-healthy fat found in avocados and olive oil.  In fact, monounsaturated fat comprises about 45% of the fat in lard, and are though to promote weight loss, decrease cholesterol levels, and reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and certain cancers.  Fortunately, lard is beginning to make a bit of a comeback, and you can learn to make it yourself here.

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Toasted Almonds with Rosemary, Thyme and Lemon
  • 1 tablespoon pasture-raised lard (learn how to render lard here)
  • 1 branch rosemary
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 2 cups blanched almonds
  • ½ tsp fresh lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon unrefined sea salt
  1. Melt the lard in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Drop in rosemary and thyme, and allow them to sizzle in the hot fat until they crisp. Then remove and discard the herbs.
  2. Toss the blanched almonds into the seasoned fat, stirring frequently, until they begin to brown and they release a deep nutty aroma.
  3. Using a slotted spoon, remove the almonds from the pan and spoon them into a bowl. Toss them gently, while still hot, with salt and lemon zest. Allow them to cool, and then serve.

If you do not consume pork, you may substitute clarified butter or grass-fed ghee (available here) for lard.  

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