How to Peel Almonds - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. My name is Smitha Chandra, I am an author of three Indian cook books and I am also a recipe developer. The best way to peel almonds is to soak them overnight in water. Cover them with cold water, let them soak overnight so that the peel softens a little bit, and then just lift the almond out and the peel slips right out. That is how easy it is to peel an almond.