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Author Topic: Why are things referred to as 'blanched' if they've been thrust in to  (Read 1748 times)

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boiling water for a short time? After all, it doesn't take the colour out.

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To blanche is used in many different ways, it is a process to whiten metal for example. It seems the process may originally have been used to whiten things, one cookery example is blanched almonds, they have the dark skin removed during the process so are whiter.   So the process was discovered to have one effect, then was found to have other applications but the name remained.
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Further to the above - the obvious derivation is the old French 'blanchir'  OED
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