Almonds are a delicious and nutritious nut, but their skins can be a pain to deal with.
Blanching is a simple process that loosens the skins, making them easy to remove.

Blanched almonds have a smoother texture and are perfect for use in recipes like marzipan, homemade nut butters, almond milk, and pesto.

Blanched almonds are a pale ivory colour compared to their brown, papery skin.
They have a smooth, matte texture and a slightly more intense almond flavour.

Blanched almonds

How to blanch Almonds

Blanching almonds is a great way to remove their skins and make them easier to use in recipes.
Learn how to blanch almonds with this step-by-step guide.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Course Vegetable Recipes
Cuisine French
Servings 1 cup
Calories 164 kcal

Equipment

  • Small saucepan
  • Colander
  • Bowl
  • Kitchen towel (optional)

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • water

Instructions
 

Bring the Water to a Boil:

  • Fill your saucepan with enough water to cover the almonds. Do not add the almonds yet.
  • Bring the water to a rolling Boil over high heat.

Blanch the Almonds:

  • Once boiling, add the 1 cup raw almonds to the water.
  • Cook for exactly 1 minute. Don't overcook, or the almonds will soften.

Drain and Cool:

  • Immediately drain the almonds in a colander.
  • Rinse them under cold running water to stop the cooking process.

Slip Off the Skins:

  • While the almonds are still warm, pinch them gently between your thumb and forefinger.
  • The skins should easily slip off, revealing the smooth nut underneath.
  • You can use a kitchen towel for better grip, if needed.

Note:

  • If a few skins are stubborn, simply return the almonds to the hot water for a few seconds, then try again.

Notes

Tips
  1. Blanched almonds can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.
  2. For longer storage, keep them in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.
  3. If you're blanching a large quantity of almonds, you may need to blanch them in batches to avoid overcrowding the pot.

Uses for Blanched Almonds

Baking:
Use blanched almonds in biscuits/cookies, cakes, muffins, and pastries.
Nut Butters: Make your own almond butter or almond milk with blanched almonds.
Snacks:
Enjoy blanched almonds on their own or chopped up and added to yoghurt, oatmeal, or trail mix.
Summary
Blanching almonds is a quick and easy process that yields beautiful, skinless almonds perfect for a variety of recipes and snacks. So ditch the store-bought, pre-blanched almonds and try this method yourself!
Keyword how to blanch almonds

1 Comment

Jenny P · 01/05/2024 at 1:41 pm

5 stars
This is great for my baking projects

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating