How to remove the skin from Nuts

Walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts are used in many different recipes but their outer coating or skin has a bitter taste, which does not do well with certain recipes.  Here is how to remove the skin quickly.  Once the skin is removed the nuts must be allowed to dry completely before used in a recipe or stored.

Walnuts

  1. Fill a large sauce pan with water and bring the water to a boil.
  2. Add the walnuts to the saucepan of boiling water (make sure the walnuts are completely covered) and allow them to boil for two to three minutes.
  3. Drain the walnuts in a strainer.  Run cold water over them for two minutes, shaking regularly.
  4. Most of the skin should have been removed while boiling, but to make sure gently rub the walnuts with your fingers or a towel.
  5. Move the walnuts to a cookie sheet lined with paper towels.  Place an additional layer of paper towels on top of the walnuts.
  6. Allow them to dry for two hours before using them in a recipe or storing them in an airtight container.  They can be stored up to six months.

Almonds

  1. Fill a large sauce pan with water and bring the water to a boil.
  2. Add almonds to the boiling water and allow to boil for three to five minutes.
  3. Drain the almonds in a strainer.  Run cold water over them until almonds are cool enough to handle.
  4. Peel off the moistened skin promptly.
  5. Move the almonds to a cookie sheet lined with paper towels.  Place and additional layer of paper towels on top of the almonds.
  6. Allow to dry for two hours before using them in a recipe or storing them in an airtight container.

Hazelnuts

  1. Preheat the oven to 350⁰.
  2. Place hazelnuts on baking sheet and place in oven.  Bake for twelve to fifteen minutes or just until fragrance starts to develop.
  3. Remove from oven and place in a clean towel.  (Be careful the hazelnuts will be hot).
  4. Rub hazelnuts in the towel and most of the skin will come off.
  5. Allow to cool completely before using in a recipe or storing them in an air tight container.
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