\ 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 proceed Civilians 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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Other Words from blanch

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 With all the benefits of emphasizing your complexion aside, there are other notable benefits of wearing a white one piece that prove the classic is nothing to blanch at. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, 9 June 2021 To blanch the asparagus, snap off the bottom ends at the natural bending point. Star Tribune, 26 May 2021 In the meantime, boil water in a medium size saucepan and then immerse Roma tomatoes for 20-30 seconds to blanch. Beth Segal, cleveland, 7 May 2021 Most traditional preparation methods tell you to remove the fava beans from their outer pods, then blanch them in boiling water and finally, pinch them to remove the skins surrounding the inner beans (or to not remove the inner skins at all). Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2021 In a medium pot of boiling water, blanch the peas until bright green and soft, 3 to 5 minutes. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2021 For greens like spinach, kale, or bok choy, blanch them first, then squeeze them tightly with your hands. Hetty Mckinnon, Bon Appétit, 11 Apr. 2021 Entering this season, Mike Locksley’s career record would cause most people to blanch. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, 9 Nov. 2020 While those exclusions haven’t been enforced for generations, new laws in Maryland and across the country are helping the Humphries and others who blanch at racist covenants still on the books. Washington Post, 22 Oct. 2020

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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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19 Jun 2021

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“Blanch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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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