\ ˈblanch How to pronounce blanch (audio) \
blanched; blanching; blanches

Definition of blanch

transitive verb

: to take the color out of Age had blanched his hair. : such as
a cooking : to scald or parboil in water or steam in order to remove the skin from, whiten, or stop enzymatic action in (such as food for freezing) blanch the asparagus in salted boiling water
b : to bleach by excluding light blanch the leaves of a plant
c : to make ashen or pale fear blanches the cheek

intransitive verb

: to become white or pale (as from shock or fear) His face blanched with horror. often used figuratively to describe a reaction of shock or dismay that makes someone unwilling or reluctant to proceedCivilians also saw benefits to the system but blanched when talk then included references to $300-plus user fees.— Dan Fales… the managers of the companies blanched at the expenditures necessary to retool factories.— Charles C. Mann

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blancher noun

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Examples of blanch in a Sentence

Blanch the potatoes before slicing them. a cup of blanched almonds She blanched and remained silent when the store owner accused her of taking the money.
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Recent Examples on the Web Visitors in $300 jeans might not blanch at a $19 arrangement of chips and dips, but its salsa has got to be meaningfully better than that at Baja Fresh. Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, "Onda: Dining Review," 12 Mar. 2020 While the company has told Congress that the industry needs some $60 billion, Calhoun has blanched at the strings that would potentially be attached. Julie Johnsson,, "Boeing Weighs Wide-Body Jet Cuts, Plans Buyouts on ‘New Reality’," 5 May 2020 Although purists may blanch at the suggestion, one method that has increased in popularity in recent years is grouping books by the color of the spine to create a rainbow across the bookcase. Tim Mckeough, New York Times, "Finally There’s Time to Read (or at Least Organize Your Books)," 28 Apr. 2020 But once blanched, young poke shoots are delectable. Marie Viljoen/saveur, Popular Science, "Ten weeds you can eat," 19 Apr. 2020 Schlow’s inclinations lead toward greens, such as Brussels sprouts leaves, kale and broccoli rabe (which was blanched first to begin the cooking process). Becky Krystal, The Denver Post, "How to make a thrifty, fast and tasty one-pot pasta any day of the week," 7 Nov. 2019 Jonathon Sawyer of Cleveland’s Trentina days day-old bread, blanched spinach, ricotta, and egg to make a dumpling filled with ooey-gooey cheese. Saveur Editors, Saveur, "Our 30 Best Spinach Recipes," 21 May 2019 Almond flour Almond flour is usually made with almonds that have been blanched and then finely ground to a light, flour-y texture. Korin Miller, SELF, "12 Delicious Flour Substitutes to Get Baking With," 22 Apr. 2020 Kentucky coach John Calipari, who helmed Memphis from 2000-2009, still subtly blanches when reminiscing on that night in San Antonio. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Sizing up the NCAA Tournament," 10 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of blanch

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for blanch

Middle English blaunchen, from Anglo-French blanchir, from blanc, adjective, white — more at blank

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“Blanch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of blanch

: to put (food items) in boiling water or steam for a short time
: to suddenly have less color in your face because you are afraid, embarrassed, etc.


\ ˈblanch How to pronounce blanch (audio) \
blanched; blanching

Kids Definition of blanch

2 : to scald so as to remove the skin from Blanch the tomatoes.
3 : to turn pale Sickened by the news, I blanched and turned away.

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