How To Blanch Almonds

How to blanch almonds?

Blanching technically means whitening and for almonds that is true, because blanching makes it easy to remove the brown skin (seed coat) and produce a white almond. Below are the steps for blanching nuts, such as almonds or pistachios. For information on blanching fruits and vegetables, please see our FAQ on what is blanching.


Here’s the steps to blanch almonds:


Instructions To Blanch Almonds

1) Purchase raw almonds (not roasted or salted – just plain raw almonds) and place them in a bowl.

2) Boil enough water to cover the amount of almonds you have.

3) Pour the boiled water into your bowl of almonds.

4) Let set for 1 minute. **just 1 minute, no longer!**

5) Drain the almonds into a strainer.

6) Rinse them with cold water.

7) Let them drain again.

8) Pour them onto a clean dry towel and pat them dry.

9) Grab each almond between your index finger and thumb. While applying gentle pressure, slip your thumb off the almond. The skin should slip right off the almond. A few may stick, but most skins will slide right off.


More on Blanched Almonds

That’s how to blanch almonds, now here are some other questions and answers about blanched almonds:

What to do with blanched almonds? Blanched almonds are used in many types of cookies and other baked goods. They are also used to make almond butter and almond flour.

Why do we suggest blanching almonds? Raw almonds are cheaper than blanched almonds and since it’s easy to do, why not save the money?

How many raw almonds do you need? 1 pound of shelled raw almonds = 3 cups whole blanched almonds or 4 cups of slivered blanched almonds

What is the shelf life of the almonds you’ve just blanched? If you’re not using them after blanching then place them in an airtight bag or container and place them in the refrigerator. They will stay fresh up to 2 weeks.

For Additional Information

For vegetables, see our how to blanch green beans, how to steam vegetables or how long to boil corn posts.

To find out how long other foods are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Proteins, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date or use the search function below.

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