Slideshow: How to Blanch Fruits and Vegetables

Fill a large pot with water
Fill a large pot with water
Leave enough room at the top so it won't overflow once the food you're blanching is added.
Place the food in a steamer insert
Place the food in a steamer insert
If you don't have one, consider using a strainer, or have a perforated utensil ready for fishing out the food once boiled.
Add a generous amount of salt to the boiling water
Add a generous amount of salt to the boiling water
I use kosher salt, but any type is fine.
Once the water is at a full rolling boil
Once the water is at a full rolling boil
Add the food. Be sure it's fully submerged. Keep the heat high so the water temperature drops as little as possible.
Watch for changes in color
Watch for changes in color
This should happen almost instantly, as in the case with this broccoli. Once the food brightens, keep testing its texture for desired doneness.
Shock the food in the icy water
Shock the food in the icy water
Let sit for several minutes until it no longer feels warm. Strain; use as desired.