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A puree (or mash) is cooked food, usually vegetables or legumes, that has been ground, pressed, blended or sieved to the consistency of a soft creamy paste or thick liquid. Purees of specific foods are often known by specific names, e.g., mashed potatoes or apple sauce (Wikipedia, nd).


Difficulty to learn: Medium

Some Thoughts For You:

Pureed food covers a rather large portion of preparation techniques. You could puree foods in a blender, as is common for fruits. Or you could puree a potato with a potato masher. Or you could simply puree the food in a pot by pressing down on it. Although you can technically puree almost any food using a blender and  a bit of water, some foods are simply not meant to be pureed (looking at you pizza).

What You Will Need:

Depending on the method you are using to puree your food, you might need different things. You could need one or more of the following:

  • A food processor
  • A pot for boiling the food
  • A knife
  • A masher

Basic Steps:

These steps are for pureeing a basic vegetable such as a sweet potato.

  1. Wash and peel your sweet potatoes.
  2. Cut your sweet potatoes into small chunks.
  3. Boil water in a medium saucepan, and then reduce the heat. Add your sweet potato chunks into the water for 15 minutes, until the chunks are tender.
  4. Carefully drain the water, and then place the chunks in a food processor. Blend for around 10 minutes, or until smooth and free of major chunks.

Tips For You:

  • Most purees involve the food being cooked or boiled beforehand in order to make the food more tender. This allows for a smoother and faster complete puree.

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