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Removing skins from almonds?

Is there a way to easily remove the skins from almonds?  We used to get them at a local department store which had a nut counter and served them warm.  Those were always the best tasting nuts I could remember.  I kind of recall the lady said they were blanched, but it was a very long time ago and I have slept since then.  I would hate to ruin a perfectly good batch of almonds before smoking them by trying to blanch them at home so was hoping someone here was familiar with this process.
See der Rabbits, Iowa


  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,780
    Blanch them.  There are probably instructions all over the place, but you could try a few for a certain period of time, see if the skin comes off, if not, longer, etc.  It's pretty easy, but I haven't done it in a long time to remember exactly how long they had to be in the hot water.
    The Naked Whiz
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,495
    Yes, blanch them for 60 seconds and strain. Blot them dry on a paper towel and squeeze them on the wider end. Essentially the same way as you do pearl onions


    Caledon, ON


  • gerhardkgerhardk Posts: 847
    I would try some with the skin on and see if blanching is worth the trouble, any smoked almonds I have had were natural. Gerhard
  • bettysnephewbettysnephew Posts: 1,011
    I've done them with skins on, and yes they are very good.  Wanted to try without to see if they were as much better as I remember the roasted nuts from the department store were.
    See der Rabbits, Iowa
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