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Can you sliver whole almonds in a Food Processor?

pdxgastro Oct 30, 2009 11:46 AM

I always have whole almonds at home (Costco bag in the freezer). I like to use slivered almonds in desserts and such but they're so expensive at the store. I thought, why can't I make my own?

I would never try to slice them with a knife. (Hello, small hard ovoid objects!) So I was wondering, could one put them into the feeder tube of a Food Processor with the blade positioned in the up position to slice them?

Note: I don't actually own a food processor so I haven't tried this.

Has anyone ever done this? Do you think it would work? What other equipment could I use instead of a FP?

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  1. Ruth Lafler RE: pdxgastro Oct 30, 2009 02:04 PM

    I'm 98 percent sure it wouldn't work. It would be difficult to position the almonds in the tube to get a true "sliver," but there's a very small possiblity it could be done with the right size julienne blade. Cheaper to just buy the slivered almonds!

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler
      DallasDude RE: Ruth Lafler Oct 30, 2009 02:16 PM

      To sliver, you would blanch the nut for about 30 minutes in steeping water. Then you would actually take a knife to the nut. By processing the almond, you would simply grind it to a pulp. Not sure that is the effect you are seeking. As Ruth mentioned, you would be far better off leaving this to the professionals with the industrial equipment and simply buy them slivered.

      1. re: DallasDude
        bushwickgirl RE: DallasDude Oct 31, 2009 07:36 AM

        And ditto on that! A food processor WILL NOT sliver almonds.

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      Erika L RE: pdxgastro Oct 31, 2009 01:17 PM

      Nope, sorry, you really do have to pay for slivered and also sliced almonds, so that they are all cut in the same direction.

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