How To Blanch and Peel Almonds

For those moments you need to know how to blanch and peel almonds! This is a fool proof method and in the end, will save you money!

That moment when you realize the recipe calls for blanched almonds.

And of course you don’t have any. Of course when I say you, I mean me.

How to Blanch and Peel Almonds

Because that’s exactly what happened to me today. Actually, I forgot to pick up blanched almonds at the store last week and when I realized that I was not surprised. I do that alllll the time. I  couldn’t {and wouldn’t} run back out to the store because of all this snow and the fact it was a hundred degrees below zero. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a few degrees.

But lucky for me I had a small bag of salted almonds left from this recipe, so I turned to the internet and Googled “How to remove the skin off of almonds”. Not only did I find out that you can actually do this at home, but it’s relatively easy.

Unless you need 2 pounds of blanched almonds, then I probably would’ve made that trip back to the store.

how to blanch almonds bowl of almonds

But since I only needed a small amount, I decided to just go for it… and blog it for you!

how to blanch almonds add to colander

Since the almonds in my cupboard were salted, I threw them into a small colander…

how to blanch almonds rinse

…and ran the almonds under cold water to wash all that salt away. If you have un-salted nuts you can {obviously} skip this step.

how to blanch almonds throw in a bowl

Then just toss them into a heat safe bowl.

How to Blanch Almonds fill with water

Fill your pot with water…

how to blanch almonds boil water

And bring a couple of cups of water to a boil. Of course if you have a lot of almonds to blanch then you will need more water.

how to blanch almonds pour over almonds

Once it starts boiling, pour it directly over the almonds.

How to Blanch Almonds soak

Let the almonds sit in the hot water for a minute, two tops. If you let them sit too long, they could lose their crunch.

how to blanch almonds drain

Then drain the almonds, or you could save the water… I’ve read that you could use the almond water and pour it over your garden. But since mine is currently under 16+ inches of snow, I didn’t.

how to blanch almonds towel

Throw the almonds on to a dry towel. The nuts cool down relatively quickly, so you don’t have to wait long.

how to blanch almonds bubbly skin

You’ll notice the almond skin is bubbly and pulled away from the nut itself. This makes it super easy to just peel that skin right off.

how to blanch almonds peel

See. It’s really that easy. A little time consuming but easy.

how to blanch almonds almond skins

Discard the almonds skins or pop them into your compost, and just like that I now have blanched almonds. And I probably saved a lot of money.

How to Blanch and Peel Almonds

If you have a big batch of almonds, enlist your kids, friends, your wife or husband and/or neighbors… turn it into an almond peeling party?! Wait.

Either way peeling almonds does take a little bit of time, but totally worth it.

Enjoy! And if you use this method on How to Blanch and Peel Almonds a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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11 Responses to “How To Blanch and Peel Almonds”

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    Emma — January 9, 2014 at 4:01 am

    Wow, who knew?!

    Great little tutorial Laurie thanks ­čÖé

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    Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks — January 9, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Wow! That is so easy! My tiny grocery store never has specialty items like blanched almonds, so usually I go without….not anymore! Thanks Laurie ­čÖé

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    Heather || Heather's Dish — January 9, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Um, WOW. LOVE this!

  4. #
    Lew Proudfoot — January 13, 2014 at 7:07 am

    I found that my almonds needed a little more time – I wonder if they could be soaked for a few minutes before blanching, to plump up the skins. Next experiment! I roast my own, and make my own butters, so this is important, cost-wise. My almonds did fine with a two minute stay in the boiled water – they roasted up very crisp.

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    • simplyscratch replied: — January 22nd, 2014 @ 12:02 pm

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — January 23, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Ohh cool! I never knew how that happened! Such a great how to!

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    Rhianna — December 28, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    I was blanching some almonds today and when I peeled them they were brown rather than white? Has this ever happened to you? Did i over blanch the batch or are they spoiled?

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — January 1st, 2017 @ 3:34 pm

      Hi Rhianna, no that has never happened to me before. But it would be my guess that they are old/rancid. What a bummer!


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