Posted By: Leneyloo 
Jan 10  # 1 of 19
What does Blanch mean?
 Posted By: Mama Mangia 
Jan 10  # 2 of 19
blanching foods is just a cooking technique where you briefly plunge food into boiling water and then immediately plunge the food into very cold or ice cold water to stop the cooking process

you can blanch certain veggies for 1 to 3 minutes just to keep their colors - like asparagus or broccoli, etc

if you are blanching tomatoes or peaches - it is usually done for 1 to 3 minutes and it is for easy removal of their skins

if you are going to freeze veggies for later use - you usually need to blanch them first so that the enzymes in the food do not breakdown causing the food to rot - different veggies are blanched for different times when freezing veggies

some people will blanch bacon or salt pork for 3 to 5 minutes to remove the excess salt
 Posted By: sarahlorrain 
Jan 11  # 3 of 19
Thanks for this! I have always wondered what in the heck "blanch" meant!
 Posted By: Mama Mangia 
Jan 11  # 4 of 19
you're very welcomed!
 Posted By: cookforkids 
Jan 14  # 5 of 19
This is very informative. I didnt know what it was or what it was for until now :) Your the Best!!!