Give your salads, pies, oatmeal, even some rice and pasta dishes a little crunch by adding sliced almonds. They are most often bought in grocery stores pre-sliced, but if you find yourself with whole almonds and no grocer in sight -- and your patience is running high -- you can try to slice them yourself. Though you will not be able to slice them as thinly as commercial almond slicing machines can, you may come close.
Things You'll Need
- Sharp paring knife
- Cutting board
Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil and carefully add the whole almonds to the boiling water. Drain the water after no more than 30 seconds. You can also place the whole almonds in the microwave and heat them for 20 to 30 seconds, depending on the power of your microwave. This will soften the nut and make slicing it possible.
Rinse blanched almonds with cold water and remove the skin with your thumb and forefinger by pinching the nut's widest end.
Slice the almond as you would a clove of garlic using a very sharp paring knife on a secure cutting board. If your knife is sharp enough, you may be able to hold the nut against your thumb and drag the knife across the nut's edge for a thinner slice.
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