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).
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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
These steps are for pureeing a basic vegetable such as a sweet potato.
- Wash and peel your sweet potatoes.
- Cut your sweet potatoes into small chunks.
- 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.
- 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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