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Purée Definition

A purée is cooked food, usually vegetables, fruits or legumes, that has been ground, pressed, blended or sieved to the consistency of a creamy paste or liquid.

You might think of purees as baby food, and it’s true that a vegetable or fruit puree is the perfect first food for a baby to eat before they have teeth.
There are plenty of things that adults like to puree too, though, like;

  1. Chickpeas to make hummus.
  2. Apples to make applesauce.
  3. Avocados to make guacamole.
  4. Vegetables also form the basis for many delicious soups, such as butternut squash soup.
  5. As toppings for pancakes and ice cream.
  6. For salad dressing
  7. Pureed fruit Cocktails.
  8. Fruit smoothies.
  9. Fruit popsicles.
  10. They can also be a nutrient-rich base for pasta sauces.
  11. Puréed vegetables are also a staple for parents who want to make their own baby food.

How To Purée Vegetables

To make a smooth, silky purée, it’s essential to cook the vegetables well before processing.

    Peel, chop and wash your vegies for cooking
  1. Steam or Boil the vegetables, they should be completely soft.
  2. Scoop approximately 1 cup of cooked vegetables from the bowl and place them inside a blender or food processor.
  3. Purée the vegetables in batches, adding a little water as necessary to achieve a smooth texture.
  4. For best results, try not to purée more than 1 cup of softened vegetables at a time.
  5. Scrape the purée out of your food processor or blender and put it into a separate container.
  6. A food mill or stick blender or potato masher can also be used for the puréeing.

How to Puree Using a Food Processor

Scott Aaronson, a professional private chef for over 18 years, shows us how to puree using a food processor!

How to Puree Using an Immersion Blender

Chef Kev shows purees can be a tasty way to get your vegetables while adding body to your soups or sauces.

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