I am trying to make a hazelnut butter, for the ultimate gain of a vegan Nutella-like outcome, but in order to do so I need to use "skinned" hazelnuts. I've tried the following:
- Boil a cup of hazelnuts in 2 cups water with 3 tablespoons baking soda
- Put in ice bath to cool
- Rub skins off with towel
I got to the fourth step, but it was difficult to get the skins completely off of the hazelnuts. I was using a paper towel, and it turned out using my fingers was easier.
How can I get completely clean/blanch hazelnuts? Am I doing anything wrong or using something incorrect?