Make your low carb recipes and snacks look super fancy with this easy how to blanch almonds tutorial.
Because store bought blanched almonds are much most expensive, and how to blanch almonds at home is easier than you’d think! Use them as gorgeous recipe toppings, or process them into homemade almond flour.
Whatever you decide to do, you’ll love how much money you can save with this quick and easy how to blanch almonds tutorial! Let’s get blanching…
Your How to Blanch Almonds Guide
If you eat a lot of low carb foods, you know how expensive the ingredients can be — almond flour, coconut flour, fresh vegetables, protein and cheeses. It adds up a heck of a lot more than the processed stuff!
Which is why I love to save money wherever I can, especially by making almond flour, almond meal and blanched almonds. This how to blanch almonds tutorial is an important first step before following my how to make almond flour tutorial…
What Are Blanched Almonds
Blanched almonds are almonds with that thin and papery skin removed. They can be hard to find in stores, usually they’re available only in sliced or slivers — but sometimes you just really want that pretty, skinless, whole almond!
How to Blanch Almonds
You’d never guess how easy how to blanch almonds is…
- Bring a saucepan of water to a boil
- Drop your raw, unsalted almonds in for 1 minute (no more!)
- Drain the almonds and run cold water over them
- Pinch the skin off the almonds
I know, it doesn’t seem possible to “pinch” the skin off an almond, but once it’s soaked in hot water, the skin simply slips right off! Yes, how to blanch almonds is a rather tedious task, as pinching each and every almond does take time — but it’s ridiculously easy.
I don’t own a microwave and haven’t tried this method, but I’ve read a few recommendations for how to blanch almonds in the microwave: place your almonds in a microwave safe bowl covered with water. Heat on high for 5 minutes and follow steps 3-4 listed above. (Let me know if you try this in the comments below!)
Instead of trying to figure out how to blanch sliced almonds, start with whole almonds. It’ll save you a giant headache!
Important note: Be sure to only soak the almonds for 1 minute — if you soak them any longer the almonds will become too soft and impossible to deal with!
My Thoughts On Blanching Almonds
I cook a lot of low carb recipes, therefore I go through a whole lotta almonds! Which is why I wanted to share that I use blanched almonds and almonds with the skin on interchangeably. Here’s a little more about the difference between blanched and regular almonds so you can decide for yourself…
Differences Between Blanched Almonds vs Raw Almonds
Using blanched vs. regular almonds both have their benefits and differences, although many home cooks use them interchangeably. Here are some of the difference between the two so you can decide when to use which:
If you’re using whole almonds in a recipe, you may prefer the look of almonds with the skin over blanched almonds or visa versa, depending on your recipe.
If you’re using your almonds to make almond meal or almond flour in baked goods, blanched almonds will give you a look more similar to traditional flour, whereas regular almonds will add tiny brown flecks of skin to your recipes.
Some find almond skin to be slightly bitter, whereas blanched almonds have a milder flavor. (I don’t mind the taste difference!)
Almond skin tends to be rather papery, especially when combined with liquids — which can affect the texture of a dish. This is why fancy recipe often require blanched vs raw almonds.
To answer the question are blanched almonds healthy: According to this article, almond skins contain a handful of nutrients not found in almond flesh. That said, who knows how much benefit is in the small amount of almond skin we consume. According to the Almond Board of California there’s no significant nutritional difference between the two.
What To Do With Blanched Almonds
Blanched almonds make for beautiful toppings and delicious snacks, here are some ideas to get you inspired!
1. How to Make Almond Flour
If you’ve already completed this how to blanch almonds tutorial, you’ve officially finished the first step in how to make almond flour! From there, simply place your almonds in a food processor and pulse until the almonds become a fine grain.
* Be sure your almond are completely dry before making homemade almond flour!
2. Roast Blanched Almonds
How to roast blanched almonds is as easy as spreading your skinless almonds on a baking sheet and tossing them in your desired oil and spices. I love the salt, pepper and rosemary combo. You can also roast them over the stove with your favorite seasonings.
3. Slice Blanched Almonds + Use as Toppings
Once the blanched almonds have dried, slice them up and use them as topping over low carb Greek yogurt, low carb salads and low carb soups!
What You Can’t Do With Blanched Almonds
Blanched almonds are great for a handful of reasons, but they prevent you from making a few of my favorite kitchen staples:
1. How to Make Almond Meal
Almonds meal is similar to blanched almonds flour, except it’s made with skin on almonds. Check out this how to make almond meal tutorial if you’ve decided blanching almonds isn’t your thing! Pst, if you don’t mind the small brown flecks, you can use almond meal for almond flour in most recipes!
2. How to Make Almond Milk
How to make almond milk is WAY easier than blanching almonds — just soak the almonds (with the skin on) in water for 24 hours then blend and squeeze until you’re left with a creamy and delicious low carb milk!
Can You Buy Blanched Almonds?
Heck yes you can! You can buy blanched almonds at Trader Joes, Walmart or on Amazon. To give you an idea of the cost difference, based on Amazon prices (when this article was written):
How to Blanch Almonds Recipe
How to blanch almonds is as easy as that! I hope you enjoy your blanched almonds, let me know in the comments below how you used them in your recipes. Enjoy!
How To Blanch Almonds
- Almonds with skin, raw and unsalted
- Boiling Water
- In a small saucepan, boil water.
- Add almonds to boiling water and allow them to soak for 1 minute (any longer and the almonds will become too soft to peel).
- Drain the almonds in a strainer and run cold water over them.
- The skin should now be soft and easy to remove by simply pinching the almonds!
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