1 ash-colored or anemic looking from illness or emotion; "a face turned ashen"; "the invalid's blanched cheeks"; "tried to speak with bloodless lips"; "a face livid with shock"; "lips...livid with the hue of death"- Mary W. Shelley; "lips white with terror"; "a face white with rage" [syn: ashen, bloodless, livid, white]
2 (especially of plants) developed without chlorophyll by being deprived of light; "etiolated celery" [syn: etiolate, etiolated]
- past of blanch
- For the term used in coinage, see Blanching (coinage).
Uses of blanching
- Peeling Blanching loosens the skin on some fruits or nuts, such as onions, tomatoes, plums, peaches, or almonds.
- Flavor Blanching enhances the flavor of some vegetables, such as broccoli, by releasing bitter acids stored in the cellular structure of the food.
- Appearance Blanching enhances the color of some (particularly green) vegetables by releasing gases trapped in the cellular material that obscure the greenness of the chlorophyll. Since blanching is done - and halted - quickly, the heat does not have time to break down chlorophyll as well.
Blanching can also describe deep frying in oil at a lower temperature as with the initial cooking of chips.
Blanching also weakens the structure of vegetables rendering them softer than fresh, this is beneficial for canning vegetables where the air in vegetables needs to be minimal.
- Desrossier, NW, The technology of food preservation, The AVI Publishing Company, 1965, p. 150-151
blanched in Belarusian: Бланшыраванне
blanched in Belarusian (Tarashkevitsa): Бланшыраваньне
blanched in Bulgarian: Бланширане
blanched in German: Blanchieren
blanched in Estonian: Blanšeerimine
blanched in Spanish: Escaldado
blanched in Hebrew: בישול לבן
blanched in Malay (macrolanguage): Celur
blanched in Dutch: Blancheren
blanched in Russian: Бланширование
blanched in Finnish: Kalttaus
blanched in Swedish: Blanchering
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