What is Almond Flour? What is Almond Meal?
Many people have never heard of almond flour and don’t understand why someone would use this kind of product.
Almond flour and almond meal are both just ground up almonds. Almond flour is most often made with blanched almonds (no skin), whereas almond meal can be made either with whole or blanched almonds. In either case, the consistency is more like corn meal than wheat flour. For the most part they can be used interchangeably.
Almond flour is very nutritious, easy to use and readily available. It’s also a great alternative for those of us who need to watch our glycemic index. Almond flour is high in protein, low in carbohydrates and low in sugars.
Unlike other alternatives to wheat flour, almond flour is moist and delicious. Almond flour is far superior to other flours in terms of taste, nutrition and ease-of-use.
What is Almond Flour, Almond Meal good for?
Almond flour is good in "quick-bread" type recipes, like muffins, nut breads, and pancakes. It's not good for foods such as bread that require a real dough (you can't knead it). Usually, more eggs are required when baking with almond meal to provide more structure. Almond meal can also be used in breading fish, but care must be taken not to burn it.
Can I make my own Almond Flour?
Yes, you can make it in a blender or food processor, though care must be taken not to go too far, or you will have almond butter! Use fairly small amounts, and pulse until it's meal.
How should you store Almond Flour?
You can store almond flour in gallon or half-gallon glass mason jars and leave one in your fridge and leave the others in the freezer. Using almond flour straight out of the freezer is an exercise in clumpy frustration.
How long can one keep the almond flour before it goes bad?
You can keep it refrigerated for up to 6 months, sometimes longer. Freezing seems to extend shelf life even more.