The almond’s taste, smell, colour, and texture make it a versatile nut that’s essential for pastries, bakeries, retail, and also for use in the best restaurants in the world. However, it could be used even more widely if you knew all its different processed formats and how you can use them in your recipes.
In addition, our almonds are processed in a peanut-free factory, which guarantees there won’t be any traces of this important allergen.
Below we will go over the different forms of processed almonds by Itac Professional for the industry. We will discuss the different forms of processed / industrialised almond and its possible uses, both in its raw and roasted forms.
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Types of processed almonds and their applications
Almond flour, or ground almond, is perfect as a substitute for wheat flour in the preparation of bakery products, and this, of course, is of special benefit to coeliacs.
It is also the basic ingredient of marzipan and many other pastry and confectionery products. Simply by replacing the wheat flour with almond flour, you can make incredibly juicy biscuits with an unparalleled flavour.
It is also used as a thickener for sauces or for making almond butter.
At Itac Professional we offer different forms tailored to the needs of the different segments of the food industry. If you are a food manufacturer, take a look at our catalogues and request a meeting with a member of our team.
Diced almond is a very common resource or topping for ice cream, cake and baked goods manufacturers. In the restaurant industry, this product can be used to create a crunchy, browned layer in the oven on top of meat, fish and shellfish dishes.
You can also use it instead of cheese on savoury dishes, mixing it with breadcrumbs and spices, to a make a golden crispy layer topping au gratin.
A good way of adding a bit of texture to a salad is by using almond sticks, either raw or toasted.
Slivered almonds are frequently used in the elaboration of crunchy coatings in industrial confectionery, snacks, and bread and cereal mixtures.
At Itac Professional we offer different sizes and solutions tailored to the many applications of this product.
Here we have our “filiprim” almond, a more technical combination of almond manufacture, suitable for many different uses in the food industry, like in coatings for ice cream, cakes, pastries, and other food. Almond can be used both raw and toasted.
Sliced almonds are the perfect topping for ice cream or any sweet or savoury recipe. Its fine and crunchy texture also combines very well with chocolate and cakes.
It is also an excellent salad dressing and, mixed with other cereals and nuts, can be part of an exquisite muesli.
At Itac Professional we offer cuts and sizes suitable for different solutions of the food industry and of culinary creations.
Almond halves are available both raw and toasted, and you can use them to prepare sweet and savoury snacks, as well as in special breads or cereal mixtures.
And here’s something truly innovative: Try toasting and salting them with bitter cocoa powder or with chilli or wasabi powder, and you’ll have a great option for a unique snack that will be perfect to go with craft or home-made beers.
Finally, we’re going to look at the many ways we can use almond butter. We are witnessing a real revolution in food innovation caused by the latest trends in food and health, in which plant-based foods are largely replacing those of animal origin. The concern for health and the way we affect the environment has many aspects and one of them is nutrition, where there are many changing habits and different ways of creating recipes.
At Itac Professional we offer different varieties of almond pastes for food manufacturers, including:
- 100% unblanched almonds.
- 100% blanched almonds.
- Praline (in different almond/sugar ratios).
Almond butter is used in the preparation of vegetable drinks and vegan or vegetarian ice cream, combining it with fruit, cocoa, coffee, vanilla and/or other nuts.
When used with unpeeled almonds, it has a much darker colour than the unpeeled-almond variety, and it is excellent for use in chocolate. It contributes creaminess to the chocolate, as well as gluten-free proteins, and this makes it such a versatile product. If you also want to add a bit of sweetness, then you can use our praline almond paste. it’s a great ally for confectioners and cake-makers alike, because, in addition to being such a versatile ingredient, it is also ideal for fillings.
Almond paste is also used in the preparation of vegetable drinks, and vegan or vegetarian ice creams, combining it with fruit, cacao, coffee, vanilla or other nuts.
Supplier specialised in processed almonds
At Itac Professional, the B2B brand of Importaco for the industry, we are nut suppliers for different segments of the food industry. We process our almond at a peanut-free factory and offer total control over the traceability of our almond, from the field, all the way to the final delivery to our clients.
We also count with the ability to offer tailor-made solutions for the industry. As such, we have an ad-hoc design program for the development of products that meet the needs of our clients in regard to concept, design, production and processing.
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In addition, at Importaco we work to integrate sustainability criteria in all of our actions, seeking a balance between economic progress, care for the environment and the wellbeing of our society.
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