is was pain in the butt. Toast them in the oven, then while still hot, rub them with a kitchen towel. Never got all of the skins off, and usually made a mess of the place.
No more! There is an easier and foolproof way!
Enter Jamie Lothridge, of My Baking Addiction, who blogs about an easier, much easier, and more foolproof way to peel hazelnuts. Originally thought of by Alice Medrich who showed Julie Child (yes, the Julie Child) how to easy it is to remove the skins off of hazelnuts.
When I first read this, I was like “No <bleeping> way!“, as I’ve gotten aggravated more than a couple of times trying to peel hazelnuts. I actually ran to the store (well, ok, I drove), got some hazelnuts to give this a go.
Yeap, it’s as easy as it sounds, and works as reported!
Easy way to peel hazelnuts
2 cups boiling water
3 tbsp baking soda
1 cup hazelnuts
- In a medium saucepan with high sides, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add 3 tablespoons of baking soda to the water – the water will foam up.
- Add the nuts to the boiling water and boil for about 3 minutes. The water will turn black – don’t be alarmed. While the hazelnuts are boiling, prepare a medium bowl of ice cold water. After three minutes, use a slotted spoon to remove one test nut, placing the nut into the prepared bowl of ice water. Use your fingers to remove the skin, if the skin doesn’t come off easily, boil the nuts 1-2 minutes longer and try another test nut.
- When a test skin rubs right off, add the rest of the nuts to the ice water and peel them with ease.
- Place peeled nuts into a kitchen towel or paper towels and dry them thoroughly.
- If desired, toast the peeled and dried hazelnuts at 350° for about 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.