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blanch at (something)

To balk or hesitate when faced with something unpleasant. This phrase can also include or describe one's visible paleness, as to "blanch" something means to whiten it. All of my friends ran into the creepy haunted house, but I blanched at the sight of it. Stella blanched at the plate of cooked ants that had been set before her.
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blanch with (an emotion)

To become visibly pale as a result of feeling a particular emotion. All of my friends ran into the creepy haunted house, but I blanched with fear when I saw it. Stella blanched with disgust at the plate of cooked ants that had been set before her.
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have carte blanche

To have the freedom to do whatever one wants or deems necessary, especially with a particular task or assignment. The phrase "carte blanche" comes from French, literally meaning "blank card." I can't believe we have carte blanche to organize the conference. The boss is usually such a micro-manager about these things! Look, just because I'm giving you some flexibility in how to complete the assignment doesn't mean you have carte blanche to do whatever you like.
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blanch at something

Fig. to cringe at something; to become pale at the thought of something. Jill blanched at the thought of swimming in that cold water. Lily blanched at the sight before her.
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blanch with something

Fig. to become pale with some emotion, such as anger or fear. He saw the injury and blanched with fear. Lily blanched with anger as Max walked out.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Infrared blanching of large runner type peanuts has been explored in our lab in a previous study [17].
The objective of this study was to determine quality of fried cassava chips obtained from selected Kenyan cultivars MH95/0183, MM96/2480 and Fumba chai as influenced by processing conditions of blanching time and slice thickness.
Tie celery stalks together before blanching to keep plants upright, keep stalks from sprawling, and to make it easier to slip the cans or cartons over the plants.
Tip: Purple-podded bean varieties can be used as blanching indicators on freezing day.
Some think differently, however, claiming that provided produce is garden-fresh and processed the same day it is picked, blanching is quite unnecessary.
"We know that a shorter blanching period is important in producing high-quality cut corn for freezing," said Hickman.
Blanching destroyed 95 percent of the disflavoring enzymes in kernels and 68 percent of the enzymes in the cob of cored corn, almost double those destroyed by the traditional approach.
To improve the quality of vacuum-fried products, several pretreatments methods, such as blanching, predrying, osmotic pretreatment, coating, and freezing methods, have been applied to the frying of foods [8-12].
However, various processing conditions or factors used during canning such as the time-temperature combination for the processing, headspace of the can, pressure at which the food is processed, quality of the seam, blanching, exhausting as well as the choice of the processing medium can affect the quality of the processed foods.
Blanching fruits and vegetables in calcium chloride solution increases their firmness.
A I don't think so, Melanie.The theory is that blanching (plunging vegetables into boiling water for a couple of minutes before freezing) destroys bacteria which encourage decomposition, thus affecting the frozen lifespan.
Self blanching varieties can be lifted between August and October, while trench varieties are grown for winter use.
Through the EU's LIFE Environment program, the Steenderen, Holland-headquartered company is receiving financial support for its project to develop a closed loop blanching system for the potato processing industry.
Blanching and cooling fruits, vegetables and herbs.