Recipe by COOKGIRl
I like to make a batch of this and keep it in the freezer, using as needed. Trader Joe's sells a bag of almond meal and I stole the catchy name: Just Almond Meal. (I've also made hazelnut meal with this recipe and I call it: Just Hazelnut Meal.) Use for baking, breading, etc. Text from about.com. Note: in order to post this recipe, the site requires two or more ingredients. Do not add the water to the almonds. Silly, I know.
Top Review by Dreamer in Ontario
Great method for getting almond meal. It's both less expensive and fresher tasting. I often use almond meal for baking cookies and some cakes. Using the sieve gives it a nice even texture. Thank you for sharing, CG.
- 1 cup whole unblanched almond
- 1⁄16 teaspoon water (*do not* add the water to the almonds!)
Directions See How It's Made
- Place half of the whole, unblanched almonds in a clean electric coffee bean grinder.
- Place the lid on the coffee bean grinder and pulse several times until a medium-fine textured meal forms. Don't over-grind or you will make almond butter!
- Put ground almond meal in a clean flour sifter. Sift almond meal. Place any large particles of almonds back in coffee bean grinder and pulse again. Sift remaining almond meal.
- Repeat with the other half.
- Tips: It is important to refrigerate (or wrap, label-including the date and freeze) any unused almond meal because it can become rancid after being ground and exposed to oxygen and light.
- Store-bought almond meal is frequently made with blanched almonds- almonds that have had the skins removed. To maintain the valuable nutrition, use almonds with their skins on because the skin contains healthy antioxidants.
- Use any nut to make fresh, delicious nut meals using this simple technique.