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  • Almond flour vs. Almond meal?

    Is there much of a difference? The recipe calls for almond flour, but I can't find it in any store. Trader does has almond meal though.

    Thanks

  • #2
    $$$$
    I use TJ's Almond meal for all my baking.
    WF sells Bobs red mill almond flour for like 3 times the price.
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    • #3
      Huh, I always thought almond meal is a little coarser and more oily than almond flour. (Isn't the "flour" version made from what's left after they press for almond oil?)

      Apparently you can use them pretty much interchangeably as long as you keep that difference in mind.
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      • #4
        definatly coarser. but not worth the cost to me
        "Don't dream it, be it"

        -Dr. Frank-N-Furter

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        • #5
          Ok thanks for the help. I just saw the flour at WF and its $10 for a little bag... yeah, I'll give the almond meal a try.

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          • #6
            I get the meal in the bulk section. Way cheaper.
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            • #7
              Tragically, I was just at my WF and all they had was the ridiculously overpriced flour at $14/pound. No almond meal in the bulk section. Guess I'm gonna need a good online source!
              "Trust me, you will soon enter a magical land full of delicious steakflowers, with butterbacons fluttering around over the extremely rompable grass and hillsides."

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              • #8
                Crossposting this from another thread:

                Almond meal = whole, ground almonds and almond flour = blanched almonds with skins removed and sifted to a finer "flour". The latter works better for pastries and cookies since it's lighter and finer than the meal. It's kind of frustrating since Bob's Red Mill (a brand in the U.S.) labels their packages as "Almond Meal/Flour".

                It's pretty easy to make your own almond meal (almonds + food processor or even a coffee grinder) but making almond flour would be a little tougher.

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                • #9
                  There's an easier way, people - just make your own! I get a bag of almonds for $7, put them into a grinder and in two minutes I have almond meal. Works just as well as store bought.

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