Blanching almonds — they are so QUICK and easy to do. I will show you how simple it is in this step by step process!
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WHAT ARE BLANCHED ALMONDS?
They are raw almonds added to boiling water for a short period of time to remove their skins.
Blanched almonds are grounded to make either almond meal or almond flour, which are commonly used for no-flour cakes.
Almond paste and marzipan are also made from blanched almonds.
HOW TO QUICKLY BLANCH ALMONDS
Start by pouring water into a saucepan and bringing it to a boil.
Add the almonds (photo 1).
When the almonds start floating, take the pan off the heat (photo 2).
Drain the almonds.
Rinse it with cold water right away to stop it from cooking (photo 3).
Then you can start peeling the skin off each almond (photo 4).
HOW TO PEEL ALMONDS?
Technically, you can peel almonds without boiling them.
But it’s not easy. So, why would you subject yourself to such torture? Boiling them first is the easiest, stress-free way of peeling almonds.
HOW TO TOAST BLANCHED ALMONDS?
You can do this on a stovetop so that you can see the deepening color of the blanched almonds.
You can also place them on a baking tray and place it in the oven (for 170°C/335°F) until you get your preferred color for the almonds.
HOW TO STORE FRESHLY BLANCHED ALMONDS
You have to make sure they’re dried, or you will get MOLDS.
If I want them to dry quickly (without toasting them), I place them in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, for no more than 160°C/320°F — so they will not get too dark.
Oh! And I place the baking tray in the lower part of the oven.
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How to Blanch Almonds (QUICKLY!)
- Medium-Sized Saucepan
- 1 cup almonds, raw
- Using a medium saucepan, bring water to a rolling boil.
- Add raw almonds.
- When they start floating, take the saucepan off the heat.
- Drain the almonds and rinse with cold water.
- Start peeling the almonds by squeezing each almond between your thumb and index/middle finger. The skin of the almonds should easily slide off by now.
- If you are not using the almonds right away, make sure they are completely dry before placing them in a container for storage.
- Remember to rinse the almonds with cold water. It helps in stopping the almonds from cooking.
- When you store the blanched almonds for later use, place them in the oven for a few minutes first, at low temperature. It ensures that they're dry when you put them away. Otherwise, they will end up with molds inside the container.
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