- The definition of blanch means to scald in hot water.
- An example of to blanch is to scald vegetables before freezing to maintain their cell structure and green color.
- An example of to blanch is turning almonds white by scalding their skin off.
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- to make white; take color out of
- to make pale
- to bleach (endive, celery, etc.) by earthing up or covering so as to keep away light and improve the appearance, flavor, or tenderness
- to scald (as vegetables being prepared for freezing)
- to scald (almonds) so as to remove the skins
- Metallurgy to brighten with acid or by coating with tin
Origin: Middle English blanchen ; from Old French blanchir ; from blanc, white: see blank
- blancher noun
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also blenchverb blanched also blenched, blanch·ing also blench·ing, blanch·es also blench·es verb, transitive
- To take the color from; bleach.
- To whiten (a growing plant or plant part) by covering to cut off direct light.
- To whiten (a metal) by soaking in acid or by coating with tin.
- a. To scald (almonds, for example) in order to loosen the skin.b. To scald (food) briefly, as before freezing or as a preliminary stage in preparing a dish.
- To cause to turn white or become pale.
Origin: Middle English blaunchen, to make white, from Old French blanchir, from blanche, feminine of blanc, white, of Germanic origin; see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots.
- blanchˈer noun