How to Peel Hazelnuts

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How to Peel Hazelnuts
You can remove most of the bitter, brown skins from hazelnuts. (Creative Crop/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Hazelnuts are a frequent addition to many desserts; you can add them whole or chopped to chocolate bars or truffles, for example, or grind them for use in cakes. You can also use them in savoury dishes. Try sprinkling hazelnut picada over a finished pizza, for example, or using it in chicken or fish recipes. Hazelnuts are naturally encased in a thin, brown skin. Unfortunately, this skin is bitter and can be unsightly. Before using your hazelnuts, remove most of the skin for a tastier and prettier finished product.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Baking tray
  • Kitchen towel

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  1. 1

    Preheat your oven to 177 degrees Celsius for about 10 minutes.

  2. 2

    Spread your hazelnuts evenly over a baking tray.

  3. 3

    Place the hazelnuts into the preheated oven and roast them for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the baking tray from the oven.

  4. 4

    Pour the hot hazelnuts onto the kitchen towel and fold up the towel to completely cover all the nuts. Leave the towel-wrapped nuts to steam for approximately 5 minutes.

  5. 5

    Rub the nuts together briskly within the towel for several minutes. Open the towel; the nuts should now be mostly skinless. Small patches of skin might remain and are to be expected. They should not be a problem.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have some nuts that still have a significant amount of skin, try wrapping only those nuts in the towel and rubbing them again for several more minutes. This should remove more of the skin.

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