Definition of blanch in English:


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Pronunciation: /blɑːn(t)ʃ


[with object]
  • 1Make white or pale by extracting colour: the cold light blanched her face
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    • The wind blew, chilling their coffee and blanching their faces.
    • The glare of the flash blanches some faces, while others are obscured by the frame's edges.
    • The grey of the last forty eight hours had blanched it silver.
    make/turn pale, whiten, make/turn pallid, lighten, grey, wash out, fade, blench, etiolate, decolorize, bleach, peroxidepale, go/grow/turn/become pale, go/grow/turn/become white, whiten, go/grow/turn/become pallid, lose its colour, lighten, bleach, fade, blench
  • 1.1Whiten (a plant) by depriving it of light: blanch endive by covering plants with large flowerpots
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    • Planting leeks deep in the soil blanches them, shielding the shanks from the sun and keeping them white, tender, and sweet.
    • When seedlings are 10 to 12 inches tall, hill up the soil around the plant bases to blanch the stems.
    • The traditional way to blanch asparagus is to mound mulch or sand around the spears as they emerge.
  • 2 [no object] Flinch or grow pale from shock, fear, or a similar emotion: he visibly blanched at this reminder of mortality
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    • The five remaining men blanched and trembled with fear as they were faced with something beyond their reckoning.
    • I saw Mike's parents look at me oddly; his mother seemed to be blanching with fear of what I was going to say.
    • Some of the proposals range from 20 to 30 percent and people blanch at the thought of paying that much.
  • 3Prepare (vegetables) for freezing or further cooking by immersing briefly in boiling water: blanch corn in boiling water for one minute
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    • In a separate pot of salted, boiling water, blanch the fava beans, then immediately drain and shock them in an ice bath.
    • The colouring is important and he suggests that the mushrooms are first briefly blanched in boiling water, so they are moist without the need for prolonged cooking.
    • Prepare the tomatoes for the sauce by blanching them in boiling water for 20 seconds.
  • 3.1 (often as adjective blanched) Peel (almonds) by scalding them: blanched almonds
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    • A small handful of soaked and blanched almonds or walnuts makes a nutritious mid-morning or afternoon snack.
    • Before baking, the top is covered with whole blanched almonds.
    • Because I didn't blanch the almonds or pistachios, the cake itself looked a bit dull and not as green as you might fancy.
    scald, boil, dunk


Middle English: from Old French blanchir, from blanc 'white', ultimately of Germanic origin.

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