This is a bit labor intensive and packaged blanched, and slivered almonds are readily available here. But if I only need a few for decoration on desserts or garnish on vegies or salads (and don't want to buy a whole bag), I would use this, since I always have whole almonds around.
UmmBinat, this method is so great! It works like a charm and saves you so much money! I needed blanced whole almonds, so this recipe came in super handy! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing this great method with us! Ill use it for all my blanched almonds from now on. Made and reviewed for Everyday Is A Holiday Tag Game March 2010.
I have used this method for years after watching my mom do it ..perfect!!
This is the most awesome invention ever!!!! I am going to make Witchy-Poo Fingers for a halloween party, and I needed blanched almonds, cut in half. I had never used them before, and I was looking all over everywhere to buy them (I didn't know you could "make" them yourself). My husband (a.k.a. the driver) said, "where do these people BUY all this weird stuff that you can't find anywhere and that no one has heard of?" Haha! :) Anyway, I used 1/2 c. of almonds (55-I counted!), spread them out in a pie plate, and poured the boiling water (I didn't measure how much) over them so they were completely covered. I was impatient and only let them sit for a minute the first time, and the skins didn't budge. I was TOTALLY going to slam this recipe. Hehe. BUT... I decided to actually follow directions (I know...), and so I poured more water over them again, this time letting them sit for 2 1/2 minutes. The skins came off like a candy wrapper-amazing. I had to have halves for my recipe, and some slid right in half, but when they cooled down more, it got harder to cut them, I thought. I still have no idea where to buy these freakin' things, but because of your post, I don't need to worry about it anymore, and my Witchy-Poo Fingers will be super creepy! Thanks!!! :)
Whenever we blanch almonds we do it this way. A great saver if you suddenly realize you need blanched or slivered almonds and you have whole.