Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Blanched Amonds

Blanched Almonds

What do you do when you have a recipe that calls for blanched almonds and all you have in the house are almonds with skins? Simple, you blanch your own almonds.

In the current issue of Vegetarian Times there is a recipe for an almond based feta that I wanted to try, but it called for blanched almonds that I never have in my pantry. I decided it couldn’t be that hard to blanch almonds and decided to experiment. To my surprise it was much easier than I had anticipated.
Blanched Almonds
serving equals 1 cup


1 cup of almonds with skins
Enough water to cover to almonds (approximately 3 cups)


Put almonds in a heavy bottomed saucepan and cover with cold water. Over medium heat cook the almonds until the skins begin to loosen. The skins began to loosen in 15 minutes in my kitchen. Turn off the heat and allow the nuts to cool enough to handle. When the nuts have cooled pinch the nut between your finger and the skin will loosen.

You can dry the nuts and skins on different sheet pans in a low oven (200 degrees) until they are completely dry. The almonds can be used in any recipe that calls for blanched almonds.

The dried almonds skins can be pulverized in a blender or food processor and added to veggie burgers or seitan for extra flavor.
Nutritional Information:

Amount Per Serving
Calories - 842.45
Calories From Fat (73%) - 614.37
Calories From Protein (13%) - 110.4
Calories From Carbohydrates (14%)- 117.68
Total Fat - 73.4g
Saturated Fat - 5.64g
Monounsaturated Fat - 46.82g
Polyunsaturated Fat - 17.48g
Cholesterol - 0mg
Sodium - 40.6mg
Potassium - 996.15mg
Total Carbohydrates - 28.91g
Fiber - 15.08g
Sugar - 7.19g
Net Carbohydrates - 13.83g
Protein - 31.81g
Vitamin A - 10.15IU
Vitamin C - 0mg
Calcium - 313.2mg
Iron - 5.39mg
Vitamin E - 35.83mg
Thiamin - 0.29mg
Riboflavin - 0.81mg
Niacin - 5.31mg
Vitamin B6 - 0.17mg
Folate - 43.5mcg
Vitamin B12 - 0mcg
Pantothenic Acid - 0.45mg
Vitamin K - 0mcg
Phosphorus - 696mg
Magnesium - 398.75mg
Zinc - 4.52mg
Copper - 1.7mg
Manganese - 3.25mg
Selenium - 4.06mcg
Alcohol 0g
Caffeine 0mg
Water - 6.48g

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