What exactly are blanched almonds? Many recipes call for the nuts prepared this way; it's simply almonds minus the skins. But how to remove that thin membrane? It's a lot easier than you may think. Of course, you can find blanched almonds in most supermarkets. But you can save money by doing it yourself. Follow this quick and easy method.
Time Required: 5 minutes
What You Need:
- Place almonds in a bowl.
- Pour boiling water to barely cover almonds.
- Let the almonds sit for 1 minute and no longer.
- Drain, rinse under cold water, drain again.
- Pat dry and slip the skins off.
- Don't let almonds sit in hot water too long or they will lose their crispness.
- 1 pound of almonds in the shell will yield about 1-1/2 cups shelled.
- 1 pound shelled = 3 cups whole or 4 cups slivered.
Storing Blanched Almonds
Natural oils can develop rancidity. Store blanched almonds in a tightly sealed container in a dark, cool, dry place. Refrigerate up to 3 months; freeze up to 1 year. Whole almonds have a longer life than pieces or slivers.
Blanched almonds can be cut for slivers, which add a great texture to yogurt, ice cream, and other treats. Once the nuts are blanched, warm them up slightly for slivering. Ten seconds in the microwave will do. Then, using your sharpest knife, slice the almonds vertically, one at a time.
Health Benefits of Almonds
Almonds are commonly thought of as a superfood. They are high in vitamin E, manganese, magnesium, copper, vitamin B2, and phosphorus. They have more monounsaturated fat and protein than an egg. Almonds contain many phytonutrients (especially flavonoids)—20 antioxidant flavonoids are found in the skins, so don't blanch all of them!
Plant sterols may reduce cholesterol, as well as reduce C-reactive protein. A 1 oz. serving has 164 calories.