Peeling almonds is easy. These almonds are ideal for a range of recipes and tastes. But don't throw away the peel — not until you've read our inventive ideas for zero waste.
Sometimes a recipe calls for peeled almonds, like this vegan spanakopita dish, or it may be that you just prefer them, maybe finding the skin a little more difficult to eat (although you may lose a few nutrients). But how do you peel almonds? It’s very straightforward. You may also have heard the method called ‘blanching’. Peeling, or blanching, almonds basically just means that you soak the nut and remove the outer layer.
For some, peeled almonds may be a little easier to digest, and if used for further recipes, such as almond flour, will yield lighter results. You may also choose to peel almonds for use in homemade almond milk but this again is purely down to personal preference.
Organic almonds will contain fewer pesticides so if you can source these, all the better. Otherwise, you’ll at least be rinsing the nuts.
Peeling Almonds: A Step-by-Step Guide
In just 6 easy to follow steps you’ll be an expert at peeling almonds.
- Bring a pan of water to the boil.
- Add the almonds to the boiling water, being careful not to splash yourself. Boil for 1 minute only — any longer and they will soften too much.
- Drain the nuts.
- Rinse with cold water — this stops them from continuing to soften with the retained heat.
- Spread the almonds out on a paper towel.
- When they are cool, simply rub them with your fingers until the peels come off.
It’s also possible to use a microwave for Steps 1 and 2. Just pop the almonds in a microwavable bowl, cover with water and microwave for 2 ½ minutes Once removed, let stand for another 2 minutes before continuing with Step 3 onwards.
Can You Reuse Almond Peel?
Yes, you can.
Almond peel contains vitamins and antioxidants, so you can keep the peel to use for additional food products. You could also add the peel to your skincare routine. Here’s a few simple ideas to minimize waste, in some creative ways:
- Make the peel into some tasty snacks. Mix the peel with a squeeze of tomato paste, garlic powder, soy sauce, paprika, nutritional yeast and syrup. Pop on a non-stick tray and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 10 mins at 350-375°F for a spicy and crunchy delight. Keep your eye on them as they cook quickly and can burn if left too long.
- Add into a nut chutney. Use your own favorite recipe or try experimenting with home-roast peanuts, almond peel, a couple of chilis, garlic, ginger, lemon juice and salt.
- Add to cookies and cupcakes. You can grind the skins into your baked goods for a delicious taste and texture.
- Grind and sprinkle over ice cream.
- For a beauty boost, add the peeled almonds to your regular face wash. There are many DIY, natural face washes, such as this toning rose water, or alternative DIY face washes.
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