Adjective "blanched" definition and examples

(Blanched may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/blɑːn(t)ʃ/

Definitions and examples

verb

Make white or pale by extracting colour.
  1. 'Her tan skin was blanched and she quivered slightly.'
  2. 'The wind blew, chilling their coffee and blanching their faces.'
  3. 'The glare of the flash blanches some faces, while others are obscured by the frame's edges.'
  4. 'According to him, ‘In Europe the farmers throw dirt around the asparagus in order to blanch it.’'
  5. 'When seedlings are 10 to 12 inches tall, hill up the soil around the plant bases to blanch the stems.'
  6. 'Inner leaves can be blanched - simply tie the head loosely with string once the heart begins to form.'
  7. 'Planting leeks deep in the soil blanches them, shielding the shanks from the sun and keeping them white, tender, and sweet.'
  8. 'Some growers will blanch shanks by gradually mounding soil around the base of the plants as they grow, similar to what is done with leeks.'
Flinch or grow pale from shock, fear, or a similar emotion.
  1. 'When I compared the two artists' work, a smart young friend of mine who is far more into the genre than I blanched a little.'
  2. 'Many journalists would have blanched at the idea.'
  3. 'Some of the proposals range from 20 to 30 percent and people blanch at the thought of paying that much.'
  4. 'I saw Mike's parents look at me oddly; his mother seemed to be blanching with fear of what I was going to say.'
  5. 'He blanched a little when he saw the 30 ft long Diplodocus and the life size Tyrannosaurus jawbones.'
  6. 'He blanched a moment, stumbling back to his chair, then sat, a faint smile on his face.'
  7. 'I looked down towards the first row of seats and blanched at the blood stains on the artificial leather.'
  8. 'She blanched, all colour draining from her face.'
  9. 'Her pale face blanched even more at his suggestion and she backed up until her back was flush to the wall.'
  10. 'When I blanched at the price, he noted that steel, at the moment, was quite expensive.'
Prepare (vegetables) for freezing or further cooking by immersing briefly in boiling water.
  1. 'Place the garlic in a small pan of cold water and bring to the boil to blanch it.'
  2. 'While the fish is cooking, blanch the bokchoy in boiling water just long enough to retain crispness.'
  3. 'Prepare the tomatoes for the sauce by blanching them in boiling water for 20 seconds.'
  4. 'Boil some water, blanch the garlic for about 15 seconds and then shock the garlic in an ice water bath.'
  5. 'You cut them into squares and blanch them in boiling water for a minute or so with onion and garlic.'
  6. 'Simply cut the florets off the stems of the plant and blanch them for a couple of minutes in boiling water.'
  7. 'To prepare, simply cut an X in the base of the sprouts, and blanch them in boiling water for about five minutes.'
  8. 'In a saucepan filled with boiling water, blanch the parsley for 10 minutes.'
  9. 'Lightly blanch the cabbage and add to a pan with the goose fat.'
  10. 'The last couple of hours were hectic, as they always are, assembling the cold dishes, marinating the fish and blanching the Chinese broccoli.'
  11. 'blanched almonds'
  12. 'Before blanching almonds, taste them with the skins on.'
  13. 'Before baking, the top is covered with whole blanched almonds.'

More definitions

1. to whiten by removing color; bleach: Workers were blanching linen in the sun.

2. Cookery. to scald briefly and then drain, as peaches or almonds to facilitate removal of skins, or as rice or macaroni to separate the grains or strands. to scald or parboil (meat or vegetables) so as to whiten, remove the odor, prepare for cooking by other means, etc.

3. Horticulture. (of the stems or leaves of plants, as celery or lettuce) to whiten or prevent from becoming green

More examples(as adjective)

"cheeks can be blanched as parties."

"almonds can be blanched."

"lettuces can be blanched."

"faces can be blanched."

"tones can be blanched."

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Origin

(blanch)Middle English: from Old French blanchir, from blanc ‘white’, ultimately of Germanic origin.