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How to Blanch 04:17

Pace Webb

Learn the purpose, process, and technique behind perfectly blanched vegetables.

How to Blanch 04:17

Pace Webb

Learn the purpose, process, and technique behind perfectly blanched vegetables.

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The Steps

  1. 1. Fill the large bowl with water and ice, and set aside. 00:40

  2. 2. Fill the large pot with water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add in a generous amount of salt. 02:10

  3. 3. Add the medium diced carrots to the boiling water and cook for 30 seconds. Depending on the type of vegetable, and the intended application, cooking time will vary. 03:00

  4. 4. Using the slotted spoon, quickly add the carrots to the ice water to stop the cooking process. Remove the carrots when they are fully chilled. 03:35

What You'll Need

Equipment
 
- Large pot
- Large bowl* 
- Slotted spoon
- Ice*

Ingredients

- Carrots, medium diced (2)
- Water
- Salt

*See Chef Notes for further information

Chef Notes

Blanching entails briefly cooking something and immediately cooling it to stop the cooking process. The most common form of blanching involves boiling vegetables in liquid, draining them, and then using an ice bath to stop the cooking process. This last process of introducing hot boiled vegetables to an ice water bath is known commonly as shocking. 

Chef Pace describes the difficulty of properly timing the boiling process when blanching. This difficulty is due to the high variability of vegetables and the myriad intended uses associated with blanched items. The boiling times will vary widely depending on the size, maturity, and type of vegetable being used. Chef Pace recommends tasting the vegetables every 30 seconds to see if they are are properly cooked, and appropriate for their specific application.

The carrots in this video were prepared for crudités. Chef Pace explains that while crudités usually describes a raw preparation, a brief blanching will impart some added brightness and sweetness to the vegetables. 

Chefs like to blanch vegetables because it preserves and enhances their pigment. Vegetables like broccoli, asparagus, and green beans are commonly blanched because it keeps them from browning and will allow them to remain bright green for much longer. If preparing large amounts to be stored, or used for "mise en place," this becomes an essential cooking strategy. 

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Chef Pace Webb

Los Angeles

Pace Webb is the executive chef at her own boutique, Los Angeles-based catering company, Taste of Pace, and is also a leadi... read more