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Mashed is the process of manually smashing a food to achieve a pureed texture.


Difficulty to learn: Medium

Some Thoughts For You:

While mashed foods might be a staple for babies and kids, it has a firm place in the list of essential preparation methods. Many recipes involve a mash. Think, for example, of mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower.

Mashed foods can also be useful for people who do not have teeth, or are on a soft food diet for medical reasons.

Mashing is slightly different than a purée , mostly because a purée has almost no chunks and is usually made with some sort of food processor. If you are feeding someone who cannot have any irregular bits of food, it is probably to stick with a purée.

What You Will Need:

Mashing is actually super simple in theory. All you need is a “masher” or a food processor.

You might also need a pot to boil your food to be mashed ahead of time, since boiling the food makes it more tender.

Basic Steps:

There are some great recipes and resources for finding good mashing recipes, check out these ones for inspiration:

Tips For You:

  • Although a food processor is not necessary to mash your food, it is sure easier than mashing by hand! However, you loose a little of the consistency of hand-mashed potatoes.