Do you struggle to find blanched whole almonds? I was recently trying to make my mom’s spiced almonds for a gift. The recipe calls for blanched whole almonds. These aren’t easy to find. I called my mom and she says there is only one place in Dallas that sells them. What? It’s true. I could NOT FIND them.
The other shocker is the price. Whole blanched almonds are expensive, but they are necessary if you are making spiced nuts.
I went in search of a method for making my own. It turns out they are incredibly easy to make. And the good news is that you save a lot of money. One pound of whole blanched almonds is $9.99 vs regular raw almonds for $5.99.
Ingredients for Making Blanched Almonds
- Raw Almonds
- Boiling water
- A towel
- Patience (this is the hardest part)
Steps to blanch almonds
Blanching the almonds literally takes one minute. You bring the water to a boil and pour it over a bowl of almonds. Wait 60 seconds and rinse with cool water. Don’t leave the nuts in boiling water any longer because it makes them get mushy.
Dump the nuts out onto a towel and start peeling. This is the time-consuming part of the process. Some of the skins just slip off, but others take a bit more work. I definitely sent some flying across the kitchen. You can see how to do it in this video.
That’s all there is to it. Now you are ready to make some spiced nuts! These make a great gift that isn’t too sweet if you have friends who would appreciate that.
How to Blanch Almonds
- 1 pound of raw almonds
- Boil water in a saucepan.
- Put your almonds into a heatproof bowl.
- Pour the boiling water over the almonds and let sit 60 seconds.
- Rinse with cool water in a colander/strainer.
- Pour nuts out onto a towel.
- Peel off loose skins.
- Let dry before using.