Blanched almonds are often more expensive than whole almonds, and what you’re paying for is the process. But you can easily do this at home, thus saving some money and some storage space.
Here’s what to do. Put the amount of almonds you want to end up with in a pan of water. Bring it to the boil, and let it boil for 1 minute. Turn off the heat.
You can peel them right now or wait until they cool a little. Either way, using a slotted spoon, remove a small handful of almonds at a time. (If you drain them all at once, there’s a chance that the skins will dry and they will be harder to remove.)
To peel, gently squeeze an almond between two fingers until the skin bursts and the almond pops out. You may want to aim this into your free hand, as the almonds tend to burst out of the skins with some force and go skittering around the room. Kids love to help with this!
And that’s it. Once the almonds are blanched, you can roast them, grind them or do any old thing you want with them!