to whiten by removing color; bleach: Workers were blanching linen in the sun.
to scald briefly and then drain, as peaches or almonds to facilitate removal of skins, or as rice or macaroni to separate the grains or strands.
to scald or parboil (meat or vegetables) so as to whiten, remove the odor, prepare for cooking by other means, etc.
Horticulture. (of the stems or leaves of plants, as celery or leeks) to whiten or prevent from becoming green by excluding light.
to give a white luster to (metals), as by means of acids.
to coat (sheet metal) with tin.
to make pale, as with sickness or fear: The long illness had blanched her cheeks of their natural color.
to become white; turn pale: The very thought of going made him blanch.
- blanch·er, noun
Other definitions for blanch (2 of 2)
to force back or to one side; head off, as a deer or other quarry.
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How to use blanch in a sentence
The crop, which can be eaten raw, blanched and cooked like pasta, dried and powdered, or even flash-frozen, has many applications, from salads to umami-amplifying butter.
You’d also probably roast a pumpkin or blanch peas, but they’re both actually fruits.The bizarre botany that makes corn a fruit, a grain, and also (kind of) a vegetable | empire | July 8, 2021 | Popular-Science
I love eating whole snap peas raw as part of a full crudite platter or simply paired with hummus so I can appreciate their crunch in all its glory, but they are delicious blanched or quickly sauteed, too.Peas please! Shelling, snow and snap are at their peak | Aaron Hutcherson | April 16, 2021 | Washington Post
A one-pan salmon dinner with minty peas, orange and fennelWhen you get home, blanch and chill the peas, then toss them with sliced radishes in a simple lemon and olive oil dressing.Loaded with two types of peas, radishes and mint, this lemony salad sings spring | Ellie Krieger | April 15, 2021 | Washington Post
There, blood sits at the bottom of a bowl beneath blanched vegetables, blanched noodles and paper-thin slices of raw beef, all topped with sweltering broth.Blood is a respected ingredient around the world, but less so in the U.S. A new book aims to change that. | Mayukh Sen | February 26, 2021 | Washington Post
Most Republicans blanch instinctively at the political rhetoric of “the new Cleveland.”
True, many Brazilians—and not a few of his fellow city councilors—blanch at Apolinário's fevered views.
His more polemical books, such as Black Mass and Straw Dogs, often posit a worldview bleak enough to make Beckett blanch.
blanch squash for about one minute, drain and cool with cold water.
blanch the spinach and parsley in boiling salted water until completely tender and then cool in ice water.
A cry, which heard, even at noon day, seldom fails to blanch the manliest cheek.The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
Strong in lowliness, they neither blanch in heat nor pine in frost.Art in England | Dutton Cook
"Yep, he air dead," fell from Tessibel; for she had seen the large, glazed eyes draw in at the corners and the little face blanch.Tess of the Storm Country | Grace Miller White
And then his steady successes were offset by a disaster that caused even his face to blanch.Shadow, the Mysterious Detective | Police Captain Howard
Pare fruit if desired or blanch or scald in boiling water a small quantity of fruit at a time.The New Dr. Price Cookbook | Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for blanch
(also intr) to remove colour from, or (of colour) to be removed; whiten; fade: the sun blanched the carpet; over the years the painting blanched
(usually intr) to become or cause to become pale, as with sickness or fear
to plunge tomatoes, nuts, etc, into boiling water to loosen the skin
to plunge (meat, green vegetables, etc) in boiling water or bring to the boil in water in order to whiten, preserve the natural colour, or reduce or remove a bitter or salty taste
to cause (celery, chicory, etc) to grow free of chlorophyll by the exclusion of sunlight
metallurgy to whiten (a metal), usually by treating it with an acid or by coating it with tin
(tr, usually foll by over) to attempt to conceal something
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