\ 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 Many in the city blanched in 2017 when the SFPUC began adding groundwater into the supply flowing from Hetch Hetchy. Dominic Fracassa,, "From toilets to taps: SF tests new water recycling program," 20 Nov. 2019 Back in the kitchen, Picard blanches the dill and some spinach, mixing it with oil in his Vitamix. Alex Delany, Bon Appétit, "I’d Never Even Heard of Bite House, Now I’ll Never Forget It," 7 Nov. 2019 All items are customizable, with mix-ins like blanched kale, cucumber, jalapeño, mango and seaweed; choice of flavor, including umami shoyu, ponzu and sriracha aioli; and toppings, like diced avocado, tobiko and spicy furikake. Leeanne Griffin,, "10 places to find delicious, Instagrammable poké bowls in Connecticut," 12 Nov. 2019 With a big financial sector in Edinburgh, and a large oil-and-gas industry in the North Sea, the SNP might blanch at any plans to curb banker bonuses or to make life more difficult for carbon-intensive firms. The Economist, "A Labour government would radically transform Britain," 30 Oct. 2019 It may be frozen as whole ears, in the husks, without blanching. Robin Mather,, "Sweet corn season: How to choose, cook and preserve the newest varieties," 26 July 2019 Over the course of the apprenticeship, the students learned how to use knives, how to keep a kitchen clean, how to blanch vegetables, make sauces. Los Angeles Times, "Column: A dinner to remember, made by culinary students who are aging out of foster care," 30 Aug. 2019 Yet Trump blanched at airstrikes in retaliation for an unmanned drone's destruction, and seemed to be moving towards negotiation. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "John Bolton's firing won't end the confusion over US foreign policy," 11 Sep. 2019 Players blanched at Patricia’s methods of coaching, the team got off to a horrible start on the field and Patricia spent the offseason re-evaluating his approach and the players on his roster. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Bob Quinn: Lions will make 'great progress' in Year 2 under Matt Patricia," 29 Aug. 2019

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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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2 Dec 2019

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“Blanch.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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