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How To Make Gluten-Free Almond Flour From Scratch

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       Almond flour is gluten-free flour and we can use it in baking to make cakes, cookies, pancakes, macaroons, and much more. So, I decided to make my own almond flour. It took me some learning and testing, so I am going to share the best way to make almond flour from scratch. We can buy pieces already peeled and ground it – the easy way but it is so costly way. Of course, it depends on where you live and what is the best bargain for you. I am going to describe all steps from unpeeled almonds to flour. It is a great project in front of the TV in the evening. 

      I found 2 methods to prepare almonds for peeling and tried both. I blanched almonds for 1 minute in boiling water and compared the taste of almonds soak in water (the method below). It has a slightly different taste but well noticeable. My family was my independent tester, I didn’t tell them anything, just ask to tell me which is better. The method below is the winner!

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How To Store Almonds

       I store whole dried and peeled almonds in a ziplock bag in the refrigerator and make a flour day when I need it. The main reason is whole almonds stay longer fresh than in powder. Homemade almond flour doesn’t have any preservatives and needs to keep in the refrigerator. Leftovers from almond flour good to use in a smoothie, add on the top of ice cream or other desserts.

How To Store Almonds Flour

       Almond flour best to keep in a refrigerator or freezer. If you store almonds as a flour, place a small cheesecloth bag with a few grains of rice in it. Rice absorbs moisture. When you store powders, it prevents it from caking and clumping. For store made powders, you don’t need to do it, because they already add some ingredients to prevent caking.

* The best way to store any nuts in the refrigerator to prevent oils go rancid.

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Very important to make almond flour from unpeeled almonds we need raw almonds. 

(Unsalted and unroasted almonds)

1. How to Peel Almonds

  1. Place almonds in a shallow dish and cover almonds with boiling water (not hot or warm!) and let stay for 1 minute.

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2. I was able to start peeling almonds after water slightly cooled off for 1 minute. Not all almonds will be ready after 1 minute. I like it this way because my almonds don’t stay in the water long. For me 5-10 minutes is enough to peel the amount of almonds in the photo. If I need more almonds to make a flour I repeat again, this way my almonds don’t soak long in the water.

*If after 1-minute, not any almonds ready to peel, I pour boiling water again on them instead of waiting longer. The time depends on quality almonds.

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2. How to Dry Almonds

          I prefer a dry natural way on baking paper. For me, it takes not long because I use my oven after baking to speed up the drying process. Just wait to cool off the little oven, so won’t end up with roasted almonds. Happen to me before. I end up with very tasty roasted almonds. Without an oven takes a few days. However, it very much depends on the moisture in your kitchen and of course, the moisture of almonds.

*If you are in a dry climate, use the sun to dry almonds. It is a good old fashion way and proven by centuries. Just cover with cheesecloth almonds, so insects don’t contaminate it.

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How to Speed Up The Process

Dry peeled almonds in oven 220ºF (100ºC) and move almonds periodically. I can’t tell time because it really depends on the moisture of your almonds. Before making flour, cool off almonds completely.

*Some people dry almonds in a skillet on the stove but personally I never try.

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How do I know almond dry enough to make flour?

Drying can be very tricky and time is not always clear, especially with natural drying method. So, how to test almonds, if you not sure. I grounded test almonds to powder and almonds doesn’t stick to sides of my grounder, it well dry. Also, it has a look like crumbles but when I touch it, it comes apart very easily. Don’t worry, if almonds not dry enough and turn to butter, use it in your smoothy!

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3. Mincing Almonds

  1. I use a coffee grinder. If you dry almonds completely, you shouldn’t have any problem to grind it.

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2. Sift almond flour before use to separate large pieces.

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