|Skinning Hazelnuts - The finished Hazelnuts|
This year I need to use about 7 pounds of hazelnuts for the Linzer
Cookie and Lebkuchen
recipes that I want to make. I usually try to avoid
2 hazelnut recipes in one year but there was a special request. So here
I am talking about how to remove the skins from hazelnuts.
are two popular ways to remove skins. The first way is to roast the
hazelnuts in the oven for 10 - 15 minutes at 350 degrees then place the
hot hazelnuts in a tea towel and vigorously rub the papery skins off. I
have tried this. For small batches or recipes where you definitely need
the whole hazelnut this is the best way to get the task done. In my
experience 75% to 80% of the skins come off.
For 7 pounds the heat and rub process is a long tedious task that makes a huge mess.
way I have removed the skins from hazelnuts is to briefly boil them in
water with baking soda added to the pot. I don't believe you save any
time with this method but you do end up with 95% of the skins being
To skin 2 pounds of hazelnuts you will need:
1 - 4 Quart sauce pan filled with 2 Quarts of Water
2 - Pounds of Hazelnuts
3 - Tablespoons of Baking Soda
1 - Colander
1 - 3 to 4 Quart bowl
1 - Baking sheet
|Skinning Hazelnuts - Boiling|
the water to a boil and then add the baking soda. Add the hazel nuts
and bring to a boil for 3 minutes. Before the hazelnuts boil a brown
scum will rise. Skim the residue off until it no longer rises.
|Skinning Hazelnuts - Rinsing the Skins Off|
the boiled hazelnuts into a colander and rinse for 2 minutes under cool
running water. Run your hands through the nuts while the water is
running to start the skin removal process and cool the hazelnuts
Once the hazelnuts have cooled shake the water from the colander then place the colander on a plate on the counter.
|Skinning Hazelnuts - Skins Removed|
With cool running water gently pull the skin off of each nut and place the nut in a bowl. Continue until complete.
The whole process took me about 45 minutes.
Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
the nuts have been skinned and the colander has been cleaned of wayward
skins drain the skinned hazelnuts. Place the drained hazelnuts on the
baking sheet and place in the oven. Start checking the hazelnuts for
dryness about 30 minutes into the roasting time. Nuts should be dry and
hollow sounding. This can take up to 45 minutes.
Cool the hazelnuts then place them in a freezer bag and freeze until needed.
this method does take time about 95% of the skins are removed. The one
downside is not every nut survives in the whole state. Great for my
purposes this year.
Happy Skinning & Baking!
|Skinning Hazelnuts - Skimming Remnants|
|Skinning Hazelnuts - Cooled Hazelnuts|
|Skinning Hazelnuts - Skin Remains|