In this post I will show you how to blanch almonds. It’s really not that big of a deal. You just need time and a few extra hands. Speaking of extra hands, this can actually make a fun activity for the kids. You just have to makes sure the almonds are not hot. 🙂
I was actually shocked when I first saw blanched almonds in the grocery store. I was like, really? But blanched almonds are so easy to prepare, why would one buy them ready made. I know it will save you time when making a recipe, but I am pretty sure there are added preservatives to the ready made blanched almonds at the store. So why not make your own?
Hot boiling water
Most methods will ask you to drain all the almonds, then start skinning the almonds. I like to drain a handful at the time and keep the rest in the warm water so they’re easier to skin later. When I drain the entire pot, the almonds go cold which makes harder to skin.
- Raw almonds
- Hot boiling water
- Place the raw almonds in a bowl and pour hot water over them until they’re covered. Let them sit in hot water for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Drain a handful of almonds at the time and gently squeeze the almonds and loosen the skin. Be careful not to let the almonds fly in your eyes.
- Wash the blanched almonds, drain them place them on paper towel to dry.
- Et voila, you have blanched almonds ready to use.