Studies show that almonds are one of the healthiest nuts you can nosh.
This tasty nut:
A handful of almonds a day can benefit your health in many delicious ways.
Though most almonds are shelled before you purchase them, you can still find unshelled almonds, which actually have a longer shelf-life. When buying shelled almonds, opt for the freshest packed. When buying unshelled almonds, choose nuts that have dry, unsplit shells that are mold- and blemish-free.
Store shelled or unshelled almonds in a sealed container and keep the container in a dry, cool, dark place, like the pantry. Keep unshelled almonds in the shell until you are ready to use them; this will let them last longer. If preferred, you can also refrigerate or freeze almonds to keep them fresh even longer.
You can buy shelled whole almonds raw, roasted or blanched. You can even roast and blanch your own almonds.
To roast almonds: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place almonds on a baking sheet and spray with cooking oil, tossing to coat. Roast for about 10 minutes, shaking the pan after 5 minutes to flip almonds. Keep an eye on the nuts as they will quickly burn.
To blanch almonds: Simply place raw almonds in boiling water and boil until their skin begins to come off. Rinse almonds in cold water and rub off the remaining skin.
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