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How to Blanch Almonds
Place shelled almonds in a saucepan. Cover with cold water. Turn burner to high. Once water boils, remove from heat. Drain and cover almonds with cold water to cool. Press each almond between thumb and forefinger to slip off skin. Dry almonds on paper towels.
Hints: Be sure not to continuously boil almonds. Almonds are slippery once blanched.