There are numerous reasons why you might want to peel raw almonds. This cooking technique is also called “blanching.”So if your recipe calls for blanched almonds you can either buy pre-blanched almonds or remove the skins yourself. Why blanched? Well maybe you want extra pure white fresh almond milk. Maybe you are blending them into a dip, soup or almond butter sort of creation and want a white color. Or maybe you just want to roast them to perfection – without those thick skins. Here is a tutorial on how to easily peel almonds..
How-to Peel Almonds, aka blanching almonds:
1. If you are soaking your almonds, soak first or soak after you have peeled. Both work.
2. Bring a large pot of water to boil.
3. Add your raw almonds – skin on.
4. Allow almonds to be submerged for about one minute. Remove almonds and drain away water.
5. Press each almond between your fingers to “pop” the almond out of the shell.
6. Repeat with all almonds until done. Discard shells or use them in a batch of muffins to add some fiber!
photo credit: Kathy Patalsky
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