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How To Blanch (Peel) Almonds

Last Modified: 12/15/11
First Published: 12/14/11
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To remove the thin skin on almonds is pretty easy to do and makes a big difference in the end. Blanched almonds is ideally what you use when making marzipan and a variety of cookies and cakes since the skin on the almonds can leave a bitter taste.

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First of all, bring a pot of water to a boil. When the water is boiling, add the almonds to the pot. Let cook for about 45 seconds to 1 minute, until the almonds start to shrivel up a bit. Do not cook the almonds any longer than one minute, as that might result in a chewy texture.

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Drain the water and let the almonds cool slightly.

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Now all you do is take an almond in your hands and rub the skin off it. They can be a bit slippery, however overall it's pretty easy to do.

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Now you're ready to make cookies, candies and cakes, or simply dip them in melted chocolate for a nice treat.

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