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(food engineering)
A hot-water or steam direct-scalding treatment of raw foodstuffs of particulate type to inactivate enzymes which otherwise might cause quality deterioration, particularly of flavor, during processing or storage.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



(1) In the food-processing industry, blanching is the processing of fruits and vegetables in hot water. This prevents them from darkening and makes the vegetable cells permeable to sugar molecules, which facilitates jam-making. Blanching is also used in the production of raisins and the withering of grapes in the production of sweet and ordinary wines. Blanching for one to three minutes shortens the withering process two to three times.

(2) In the tanning industry blanching is used to remove the residues of subcutaneous cellulose tissues from the lower (flesh side) of skins. After blanching, the surface of the flesh side becomes very smooth, and after dressing and glazing, it becomes lustrous. Skins are also blanched to achieve uniform thickness and to remove defects that cannot be removed by polishing after the application of coatings on the outer side of the skin.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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"I've been giving a lot of thought the last several years, to how the reinsurance brokers [and system] operate, observing the directions that it's taking," Blanch said.
Control samples processed in the impingement oven were blanched at 100[degrees]C for 20 min and samples processing in the IR RWO were blanched using two different time/temperature combinations, either 343.3[degrees]C for 1 min or 287.7[degrees]C for 1.5 min (Table 1).
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Blanch scored five tries in the tournament including a hat-trick against Tonga and a brilliant double against Fiji.
Winger Damien Blanch scored three tries for Ireland andndash; all when the Tongan team had a player in the sin bin andndash; to keep the prospect of an upset alive until the end.