We have several recipes for desserts where one of the ingredients is skinned almonds. One of our very popular recipes where you need skinned almonds is the traditional Danish Christmas dessert Risalamande. This how-to guide shows step-by-step how you can skin almonds in a very easy way. Follow the simple directions below and look at the pictures.
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How To: Skin Almonds the Easy Way
150 g (5 oz) skinned almonds
Preparation time: 5 minutter
Danish title: Guide: Nem måde at smutte mandler
150 g (5 oz) almonds
2 x 2 dl (1 cup) boiling water
1 small bowl
Step 1: Pour the almonds in a small bowl
Step 2: Boil 2 dl (1 cup) of water and pour it over the almonds.
Step 3: Let the almonds soak in the hot water for about 1-2 minutes.
Step 4: Pour the water out of the bowl and rinse with cold water.
Step 5: Pour on another 2 dl (1 cup) of boiling water and let the almonds soak for another 1-2 minutes.
Step 6: Gently squeeze the almonds between two fingers, this will loosen the skin and you can peel it off.
By Kim Nielsen
The tip on how to peel almonds was very useful and worked as you said. Thank you very much.
Yes, thanks! I am glad I stopped before ruining a special recipe. Worked perfectly.
Thank you for the tip. How long do you recommend drying them in order to cop or grind up without the mixture becoming a clumped wet mess? Thank you in advance for your time and assistance with my question! Have a good weekend!
When the almonds are skinned then you can use them after about 15 minutes i would guess. The almond itself doesn't hold the water.
Thanks for the information. I love what you're doing!
Recently, a friend offered me some nuts. They were easier to eat, al dente rather than hard. I asked her secret. At night, she covers the nuts in room temperature water and lets them sit until the morning. It gives them a very pleasing texture. I found that cashews soften very quickly and that 1-2 hours in water is usually enough. I always roast my nuts before I use them. I roast the still wet nuts in the oven, sprinkling them with a little salt if appropriate, until they are the color I like.
That's actually a great idea. I'll try your friend's recipe. Thanks for sharing it here on my blog. Regards Kim (nordicfoodliving.com)
Thank you for such a great way to do this. this was just what I needed. Thanks again
You are welcome - I'm happy that you can use this way of skin almonds :-)
Thank you so much for telling me how to skin those lovely almonds. I had a 17 oz package to do. I divided them in 6 ozs and did 3 batches. I wasn’t sure if I could do them all together or not
You are welcome. You can easily do all almonds in one batch. It is just about adding some extra hot water.
I can’t get the skin loose after soaking overnight any ideas?
You need to use boiling water and let them soak for 5-10 minutes. Then the skin will come off.
Dr Vijaya Joshi
I followed your method but after soaking the Almond overnight and then use boiling water method to remove skin, It worked a treat
I am happy that you like this method of preparing skinned almonds. Regards Kim (NordicFoodLiving.com)