To partially cook fruits, vegetables, or nuts in boiling water or steam.


  1. Sauteed Escarole with Raisins, Pine Nuts, and Capers

    You can blanch the escarole up to one hour ahead. Wait until just before serving to add the lemon juice, though, as the acid in the juice will dull the escarole's color if it sits too long.

  2. Summer Vegetable Soup with Dill

    If you have sweet, tender farm-fresh corn, use it raw. If your corn is a little starchy, blanch the ears in boiling water before cutting off the kernels.

  3. Beets & Greens Salad with Cannellini Beans

    Sometimes beets in the market have beautiful, unblemished, tender greens attached. When that happens, blanch the greens and toss with beans and vinaigrette, using some of the beets to garnish the salad, as in this recipe. Use the leftover cooked beets for other dishes. If you buy beet greens on ...

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  1. Cockroachs Taste Like Tiramisu! Would You Believe It?

    Wed, 20 Mar 2013

    easily convinced that I was served a crustacean.” Which, as he points out, isn’t crazy — somehow most people would blanch at the thought of eating a spider, yet Red Lobster makes a killing serving up what has long been considered the “cockroach of the sea

  2. Great Green Vegetables: Bitter, Healthy & Utterly Delicious

    Tue, 21 Jan 2014

    go bitter, with great bitter greens. Here are some tips for using bitter greens: 1. To remove some of the bitterness, blanch greens first, then cook them as desired. Saute in olive oil or use in this easy recipe for Warm Salad of Greens Italian Sausage

  3. Fresh and Satisfying Spring Appetizers for Parties, Showers, and More

    Fri, 18 Apr 2014

    says “spring” more than snappy stalks of asparagus. Feed a crowd with this salty, creamy combo that’s as easy as blanch , wrap, drizzle with sauce and serve. If you’re really tight on time, swap in a store-bought balsamic vinaigrette for

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  1. Jade Shrimp with Fragrant Vegetables

    Thu, 28 Apr 2016

    ingredients in a stir fry might require more cooking – like broccoli florets. In this Jade Shrimp recipe, broccoli needs to blanch for 2 minutes first, prior to the stir-fry, so that by the end of the stir-frying, you aren’t left with undercooked broccoli

  2. How to Peel Tomatoes

    Wed, 4 May 2016

    kitchen gadget. There's a simple kitchen hack anyone can use to get gorgeous peeled tomatoes at home. The trick is to lightly blanch the tomatoes before plunging them in ice water to arrest the cooking. The cooking softens the flesh just under the skin enough

  3. Spring Roll Salad

    Tue, 19 Apr 2016

    This means the noodles, and whatever seasonal vegetables I plan on using. It's spring as I'm writing this, so a quick blanch of some snap peas, and fiddleheads in the pasta water was all that was needed - asparagus would have been welcome. Later in

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