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almonds versus almond meal

jscooker Nov 20, 2011 05:24 PM

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.

  1. hotoynoodle Nov 20, 2011 05:29 PM

    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
      piccola Nov 20, 2011 05:52 PM

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

      1. re: piccola
        hotoynoodle Nov 20, 2011 06:03 PM

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

      2. re: hotoynoodle
        chefj Nov 20, 2011 06:08 PM

        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
          hotoynoodle Nov 20, 2011 06:57 PM

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

          1. re: hotoynoodle
            chefj Nov 21, 2011 03:51 PM

            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
          jscooker Nov 22, 2011 09:25 PM

          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. chefj Nov 20, 2011 06:06 PM

          Here is a chart that gives approximate weights
          As said by "piccola" go by weight.

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