- 1Make white or pale by extracting colour: the cold light blanched her faceMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Whiten (a plant) by depriving it of light: blanch endive by covering plants with large flowerpotsMore example sentences
- 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 mortalityMore example sentences
- 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 minuteMore example sentences
- 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 almondsMore example sentences
- 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.
Middle English: from Old French blanchir, from blanc 'white', ultimately of Germanic origin.