Kitchen Confidence Tip: Blanching

  Preserving the Tastes of Summer

Blanching vegetables, including basil, is a great way to keep the flavors of summer close at hand through the upcoming cooler months. Blanching is a process by why which you drop vegetables into boiling water for just a few seconds to a few minutes depending on the item, then plunge them into an ice bath to arrest the cooking process.


Did you know...?

  • Even corn on the cob can be preserved using two quick and easy methods. Tomatoes, basil, green beans... check out The ABC's of Saving Summer Produce for tips and resources.
  • Blanch basil to make pesto that stays bright green.
  • Blanch green beans, broccoli, cauliflower for bright, crisp crudité and salads.
  • Blanch tomatoes or peaches to remove skins easily.