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Nov 20, 2011 05:24 PM

almonds versus almond meal

can anyone tell me........??? if a recipe calls for a cup of almonds put in the food processor and made into meal would that be the same as using a cup of almond flour? this is for baking so the measurement and texture/moisture would make a difference.

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  1. commercially ground almond meal will be uniformly finer and less fresh than something you grind yourself. that's about it.

    because of the small grind, a cup of almond meal may be slightly more, volume wise, than a cup of almonds whizzed in the food pro.

    6 Replies
    1. re: hotoynoodle

      I think the only way around that is to go by weight.

      1. re: piccola

        agreed, but few u.s recipes use weight. i hate that.

      2. re: hotoynoodle

        Actually when you grind things like nuts they pack more densely, so by weight the meal will be less volume than the whole almonds.

        1. re: chefj

          depends how you pack the cup, hence the weight vs. volume issue.

          1. re: hotoynoodle

            Not really, if you just fill the cup and level it off a cup of almond meal will weigh more than a cup of whole almonds.

        2. re: hotoynoodle

          thanks everyone for your input. i'm thinking that i can use the meal and use my experience to judge the feeling of the dough. and if it doesn't work i'll know how to tweak.
          happy and delicious thanksgiving to all the cooks!

        3. Here is a chart that gives approximate weights

          As said by "piccola" go by weight.