par·​boil | \ ˈpär-ˌbȯi(-ə)l How to pronounce parboil (audio) \
parboiled; parboiling; parboils

Definition of parboil

transitive verb

: to boil briefly as a preliminary or incomplete cooking procedure

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Examples of parboil in a Sentence

Parboil the potatoes before you roast them.
Recent Examples on the Web Ralph Stayer, retired CEO of Johnsonville, said his brat grilling method skips parboiling in favor of enjoying a cocktail while grilling the brats. Daniel Higgins, USA TODAY, "Should you parboil brats? Nope. And science can tell you why.," 25 May 2020 Fresh potatoes can be frozen if soaked in cold water (with a little lemon juice or vinegar) and then blanched/parboiled. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Which potato salad will show up at your picnic? There's a world of variations," 22 May 2020 Industrially produced frozen versions, tricks like doctoring parboiled rice with coloring additives in place of saffron, and nontraditional ingredients like lobster and chorizo are a common, dispiriting sight. Jeff Koehler, Saveur, "9 Ways to Make the Best Paella Ever," 20 July 2017 Weiss Lake, like all waters of Alabama at present, is hot enough to parboil any fish brave enough to prowl the shallows, with average water temperatures in the high 80's and even the 90's in shallow, dark-bottomed backwaters. Frank Sargeant,, "Friday Fishing Report," 28 July 2017 Or grill zucchini and parboiled potatoes for the salad with burrata. Sacbee,, "Cool off with a salad," 20 June 2017 The artichokes can be parboiled in advance; bring them to room temperature when ready to grill., "15 salads, side dishes that will light up your July 4th cookout: Best of Recipe Box," 3 July 2017

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First Known Use of parboil

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for parboil

Middle English, from parboilen to boil thoroughly, from Anglo-French parboiler, perboillir, from Late Latin perbullire, from Latin per- thoroughly (from per through) + bullire to boil, from bulla bubble — more at for

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“Parboil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of parboil

: to boil (a piece of food) for a short time often before cooking it fully in another way

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