\ 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Casual gamers who would blanch at tackling an enormous, two-plus-hour board game will find this version much more approachable. Aaron Zimmerman, Ars Technica, 22 July 2022 To freeze slices, slightly blanch them, plunge them in ice water, drain and pat dry. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 3 Sep. 2022 To turn it into pesto, blanch the leaves for a few seconds in boiling water, then plunge them into a bowl of ice water. Sally Pasley Vargas,, 14 June 2022 Wash and slice the zucchini into rounds, then blanch it in boiling water for one minute. Mike Rose, cleveland, 6 Apr. 2022 Make the fresh dill vinaigrette: Bring the water back to a boil and blanch the fresh dill in the water to set the bright, green color, about 10 seconds. Michael A. Gardiner, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 June 2022 These preparations blanch the normally deep burgundy tissue to pale fleshy color that’s not quite tan and not quite pink. Brenda Goodman, CNN, 13 May 2022 Here's how: Wash the ramps, then blanch them in boiling water for 30 seconds and place them in an ice bath to stop the cooking. Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2022 Just blanch the skin, boil it in sugar water and dry it in a bed of sugar. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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5 Oct 2022

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\ 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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