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How to Blanch Vegetables

Updated June 05, 2017

We've all heard of the cooking term "blanch" -- but what does it really mean, and why should we do it? Join Howard as he shows us what blanching means and how it's done.

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Blanching brings out the bright green color in many of our favorite vegetables. Watch the video to see how easy it is to do!


More fun facts about blanching:

  • Vegetables such as green beans are often blanched in order to enhance their natural green color.
     
  • Blanched vegetables are typically plunged into an ice water bath afterward to halt the cooking process.
     
  • Blanching helps loosen the skins on tomatoes and other foods.
     
  • You should blanch vegetables before freeezing them to clean them well and help prevent loss of vitatmins, color, flavor, and texture.
     
  • Also, when preparing white stocks such as chicken or veal stock, the bones are blanched beforehand in order to rid them of impurities.

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