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;
- Chickpeas to make hummus.
- Apples to make applesauce.
- Avocados to make guacamole.
- Vegetables also form the basis for many delicious soups, such as butternut squash soup.
- As toppings for pancakes and ice cream.
- For salad dressing
- Pureed fruit Cocktails.
- Fruit smoothies.
- Fruit popsicles.
- They can also be a nutrient-rich base for pasta sauces.
- 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
- Steam or Boil the vegetables, they should be completely soft.
- Scoop approximately 1 cup of cooked vegetables from the bowl and place them inside a blender or food processor.
- Purée the vegetables in batches, adding a little water as necessary to achieve a smooth texture.
- For best results, try not to purée more than 1 cup of softened vegetables at a time.
- Scrape the purée out of your food processor or blender and put it into a separate container.
- A food mill or stick blender or potato masher can also be used for the puréeing.
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