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Is there a possible use for the water used for peeling almonds?

(Throw the almonds in boiling water and let them soak for a couple of mins before peeling them: the water left is yellowish and almond scented)

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I originally posted an answer but I actually completely misread your question... I was just saying that you can just leave the almonds in lukewarm water for 5-10 mins no need of boiling water. –  nico Sep 16 '11 at 16:09

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Generally, there is no reason not to use it. However, I'm hard pressed to think of a good place, generally because good cooking prefers other, stronger flavored liquids instead of water.

An application where you can have the flavor on its own would be making ayran or a lassi. I think it would be an improvement over plain-water-ayran.

For other uses, just substitute plain water to get a slight nutty hint. I like to pair rice with nuts, so you could use it instead of pure water to cook rice. Or add it to a pot of stock you are making - with a complex stock of a meat and several vegetables, it will be too subtle a taste to register consciously, but will enrich the flavor as a whole. For a simpler stock (e.g. just chicken with classic mirepoix) the taste of almonds can get too strong, depending on the quantity you use.

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+1 - 'to register consciously' .."I feel nutty today..and just don't know why!" –  rfusca Sep 16 '11 at 18:42

You could use it when making horchata. It is a drink made with rice, cinnamon, sugar and water. Almonds and/or milk are used in some variants. Use your almond flavoured water instead of plain water when soaking the rice. This recipe might give you a starting point:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/gale-gand/horchata-recipe/index.html

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I would wager it would be a good water to use with making cashew cheese (Use your water for the soaking part, though I'm not sure how much flavor it would impart.)

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