Thank you! What does blanched mean? Ive heard the term a few times now.
I didn't see anyone answer this for you, if you're still cruious read below (if you figured it out ignore my post ^^)
Blanching is a method of quickly cooking/softening vegetables to make them easier for fish to eat/pick apart/swallow and can be done a few ways. The quickest being to boil water in a microwave using a microwave safe cup, another way is to boil water in a pot on a stove top. Depending on what you want to blanch it may be easier to use one method over the other.
Some people will boil the water then add the vegetable they want softened for the needed amount of time and remove it (can vary from 30 seconds to 2-3 minutes depending on food). Other with stick them directly in the water to boil (microwave method).
I usually cut the food I want blanched (lettuce or zucchini slices for my fish), rinse off anything that may be on it and put in microwave safe cup and nuke it quickly. Lettuce takes about 30 seconds, the zucchini depends on how thick the cut is.. I usually let it go about 1 1/2 minute.
take hot cup from microwave to sink and run it under cool water for a bit . Some glasses ay not be able t handle temp change from boiling hot to cold, (pyrex measuring cup can take it though) if so start at hot tap water and slowly move to room temp then cold water over a minute to prevent glass shattering. Carefully remove the food item and put it on your palm, make sure its not warm still, if its warm continue cooling it in the cold water a bit more before feeding to fish (warm to your palm may be too hot in their mouth). For my zucchini since no one eats the seed I cut out the center/core but most people do not do this.
If its peas you're blanching, put in microwave safe cup and cook 1-2 minutes (depending on frozen or not), cool them (may want a strainer to keep them from getting away) and de-shell them before feeding to fish as they cannot eat the outer shell.