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How to Skin Raw Almonds

Some recipes call for use of skinned almonds. This is very easy to do at home. Here’s how:

1. Put the almonds in a pot and pour boiling water over them to barely cover their tops.

2. Let the almonds sit in the water for about 2 minutes. Do not keep them there for too long, or they will lose their crispiness and will be too soft.

3. Drain off the water, pat dry the nuts with paper towels or a kitchen towel and slip the skins off by squeezing the almonds between your thumb and forefinger. The skin will easily slide off.

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