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Friday, February 24, 2017

Explanation of Almond Products

Explanation of Almond Products
Almonds are a popular nut that can be eaten raw or roaster, and are made into a number of products.

  • Almond flour is ground from whole, blanched sweet almonds. This flour is a gluten-free option for baked goods. Almond flour is more finely ground than almond meal.
  • Almond meal is made with both whole and blanched almonds.  Almond meal is generally a courser grind made with almonds that almost always have their skins on, so the flecks of the skin are in the meal.  
  • Almond butter is made by grinding blanched almonds into a paste. It can be spread on bread or used in recipes for peanut butter.
  • Almond milk is made by blending almonds and water, then straining out the pulp.  Since it is plant based, almond milk is free of lactose.
  • Marzipan is a mixture of ground almonds and honey or sugar.  It is typically sold in blocks that can be crumbled or kneaded.  Marzipan is a sweet past of ground almonds, sugar, and egg whites, often colored and used to make small cakes or confections.
  • Almond paste is made from ground almonds or almond meal and sugar in equal quantities, with small amounts of cooking oil, beaten eggs, heavy cream or corn syrup. This is similar to marzipan. 

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