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How To Blanch Almonds

It seems simple enough, but when you find yourself faced with having to remove the skin from a big pile of almonds and the skin is not coming off, well let’s just say it’s going to be a very long morning. It really IS simple enough, you just have to remember the most important part…shock your almonds!

Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Dump the almonds into the boiling water and let them simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Pour water and almonds into a strainer, place hot almonds into a bowl and cover with cold water to shock the almonds. The shocking part is what loosens the skin from the almonds. Now the skin will slip right off the almond.

To dry the almonds just spread them out on a baking sheet in a single layer and let them sit. If you’re in a hurry you can heat your oven on its lowest temperature setting for 1 minute, then turn oven off, and let your almonds rest in the warm oven until dry. They dry pretty quickly, maybe 30 plus minutes.

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