Thursday, April 11, 2013

Almond Flour

I was giving my almond meal, leftover from making almond milk, to my chickens until I found this blog  Wow the woman has a ton of recipes!  I want to try making Grain-Free Shortbread Cookies so I needed almond flour.  Have you seen the cost of almond flour??  Yikes!

Here's how I made my own almond flour.  I quickly sewed up a rectangle into a nut bag.  I found some old polyester material that works really well.  I have since found sheer curtain material that I'll try next but for now the polyester does a good job.  I think the sheer material will dry much quicker.

Almond nut bag

I squeeze the heck out of the bag until all the milk is gone.  Then I’m left with the almond meal/pulp.

Almond Meal

Spread it out on a dehydrator tray.  I put down a layer of parchment paper because my tray has big holes.  I set the dehydrator temp at around 110 degrees Fahrenheit but not higher than 115.  This is the perfect temperature for making yogurt so I did up a batch of that too.

After about 12-24 hours it should be dry, you can give it a toss or shake during that time.  When it’s thoroughly dry put it in your blender and grind it up.  Here’s some I did the other day.  I store it in a Ziploc baggie in my freezer.  The cookie recipe I want to make only makes 8 cookies and I’d like to make more so I’m stockpiling until I get enough.

Almond Flour


tanita davis said...

o_0 I had ZERO idea that almond meal wasn't, like, just ground up almonds. De-milking it and drying it - I guess you can make it flour if you run it through a meal? Wow. That is seriously a lot of work...

This reminds me of when we made our own tofu.

Kansas A said...

It's actually quite easy T. When I make almond milk I always have the leftover meal/pulp so I thought I'd just put it to good use. Drying it and then throwing it in the blender is really only the steps one has to make. :)