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Tuesday, August 07, 2007
How to: Blanche
Believe it or not Blanche is more than just a first name. Here is a little step-by-step explanation about how to blanche things:

  1. Buy vegetables
  2. Boil water
  3. Put all of a single type of vegetable in the boiling water (you can mix, but some veggies take longer than others)
  4. Remove promptly (after about a minute, although it depends on the vegetable you are blanching)
  5. Place veggies under ice cold water for about as long as you had them in the water for.
  6. You're done. Congratulations.
Why would you blanche something?
  • Peeling certain vegetables - tomatoes are much easier to peel after blanching
  • Flavour - blanching can enhance the flavour of things
  • Appearance - as this is as important has how the food tastes, use blanching to improve colour of vegetables
  • Freezing - you can blanche things before freezing to ensure that bacteria is killed

(compliments of Wikipedia)

posted by kent at 8:40 AM


Blogger Blanka said...

Why didn't you display this fancy technique in my kitchen??

5:59 AM  

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