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Nov 21, 2007 11:03 AM

Slicing Whole Almonds

I would like to know what's the best way to slice whole almonds? Are there any tricks? Tips?

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  1. I've actually not tried - I buy either slivered or pre-sliced ones - I imagine it's pretty difficult to achieve at home. Hopefully others will have more helpful suggestions.

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    1. re: MMRuth

      It sounds challenging. I'm wondering how they do it when you buy them cut. They get them so thin and all the same direction.

      1. re: chowser

        I have always bought them precut in the little bags at the grocery store. Last week at the coop, I noticed that the sliced almonds were in a big jar in the cooler. Even though the other nuts including almonds are in bins unrefrigerated. So I assume the sliced ones go stale faster. I would be afraid to try to slice them. Sounds hazardous.

        1. re: karykat

          That's what I thought! And because of that, I bought whole almonds... so that I could use them longer than the sliced ones. But I didn't realize until after I bought them that I would have a hard time figuring out how to slice them! I even tried to do a search on google. Urgh!

          1. re: mialebven

            Did you come across this from

            "When we need a sliced almond, we fire up our Urschel CC slicer and get ready to slice up to 4,000 pounds of almonds an hour. The almond has to be heated to about 160 degrees to make it soft and pliable. Too much heat and it cooks the almond thoroughly. Too little heat and the cold nut (almond) shatters."

            Guess that's why we can't do it at home.

    2. I've noticed that when I need to blanch the almonds, to skin them, they are completely soft, and easily sliced or chopped, but a little slippery. I don't usually chop or slice them, but I have. I mostly roast them after blanching and removing the skin. I don't usually purchase them blanched, as the skin is good, when just grabbing a handful of almonds to munch on. And they're usually cheaper by a good amount, unblanched.


      1. I needed sliced almonds and only had whole so I tried to slice them but they didn't slice well at all. So, I warmed them up in the microwave until they were quite warm to the touch (10 second intervals) and tried again, this time they sliced really well!

        1. I found this on a web site called practically edible. It explains why it is hard to make sliced and slivered almonds. It sounds like kayakkent came up with the same method they use to make them commercially:

          Slivered Almonds

          Slivered almonds are almonds that have been sliced very thinly into little sticks. They differ from sliced almonds, which are almonds sliced across their diameter giving you much bigger pieces. If you can't keep the shape distinction clear in your head, think of getting a sliver in your finger and what that is shaped like.

          To make sliced or slivered almonds, commercial producers have special machines that will process about 4,000 pounds of almonds an hour. The machine heats the almonds to about 160F to make them pliable, so that they won't shatter when being cut. Slivered and sliced almonds cost more relative to whole almonds, as you have to pay because of the extra work that was done for you.

          Sliced and slivered almonds are just about impossible to make at home. The food processor won't slice them, it will chop them and then grind them. It's really not something you can do by hand, either; they will split like crazy on you and you may lose a finger in the process. If they weren't so readily available in packets at the stores, no recipes would be calling for them. The recipe writers expect you to buy them that way. The kicker, though, is when a recipe calls for slivered or sliced almonds (which are more expensive than whole almonds), and then has you pulverize them in a food processor. Use whole almonds instead as they are cheaper, or just buy ground almonds and be done with it.

          1. I cooked my almonds for 20 seconds in the microwave and they sliced beautifully!

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            1. re: M.A.

              I know this ? was asked several years ago but I just today needed to know the same thing. None of the answers sounded good to me so I thought why not try my food processor and use the shredder wheel, so I did after heating the almonds in the oven at 350 degrees for about 3 min. I then put them through the processor and the came out pretty much O.K. not as perfet as the store ones but useable to me .

              1. re: M.A.

                Yes, you can slivered them after microwaving them!!! Thanks for the tip. They are not perfect as a machine would, but you can get 5 slivers per almonds very easily.