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How to Soften Up Almonds

Updated April 17, 2017

Almonds are amazing nuts that are packed-full of nutrients. They are a source of protein, which is why almonds are popular with vegetarians. They are also sources of vitamin E and essential omega fatty acids. Fibre, magnesium, calcium and zinc are also nutrients that make up the delicious and nutritious almond. Softening almonds by soaking them can be useful to making different recipes and condiments.

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  1. Purchase raw almonds. Rinse the almonds in cold water and place them in a stainless steel bowl.

  2. Fill the stainless steel bowl with purified water, until all of the almonds are completely covered. Cover the bowl with cling film.

  3. Place the bowl in the refrigerator. Allow the almonds to soak overnight, or for a minimum of four hours.

  4. Put the softened almonds in a food processor to make delicious almond butter. Soften almonds can also be used to make almond milk by placing them in a food processor with water. Separate the water from the solid almond residue using cheesecloth for almond milk.

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Things You'll Need

  • Stainless steel bowl
  • Purified water
  • Cling film

About the Author

Based in South Florida, Beth Swanson has been writing professionally since 2005. Her articles have been published in the magazines “Kiwi," “Natural Home,” “Clean Eating,” “Palm Beacher," the “Miami New Times” and several other publications. Swanson earned a Master of Arts degree in integrated marketing communication from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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