A little while back I was watching a cooking show and I found out that you could peel almonds.
Now, why would you even bother? Because buying whole almonds (around $3-$4 per pound) is less expensive than buying the different "cuts" of almonds, whether they are slivered, sliced, or diced (anywhere from $11-$14 per pound). And let's face it, I have way more time than I do money.
All you simply have to do is bring a pot of water to a rolling boil. Remove the pot from the heat and pour in the almonds. Let them steep for about five minutes and then drain them. Once they are cool enough to handle, the skins will slip right off!
A word of caution: They are slippery little suckers. Name that movie.
Once they are all peeled, lay them on a cookie sheet and put them in 250 degree oven for about 10 minutes. This will insure the almonds are nice and dry to be able to store.
I can peel them and do a rough chop in my food processor and use them for a variety of recipes, such as my Almond Roca and a new recipe that I am excited to share next week. Check back early next week for yummy summer dinner!
This post is linked to We Are THAT Family's Works for Me Wednesday.
Oh, and yeah, that movie would be Pretty Woman. :)