Sometimes what your soups actually need is a burst of richness from using well-processed vegetables and fruits. It’s also a plus for nursing mothers who want to prepare their own healthy baby food at home.
In this article, I’m going to show you how you can easily puree fruits and vegetables that you can store up for whenever you have a delicacy to prepare. One thing you must note is that pureed fruits and vegetables are not used for every soup or sauce you’re making. Which one you use and how you use it would depend on your recipe.
Simple ways to puree fruits and vegetables
Below are the simple steps to take to puree fruits and vegetables.
Go for fresh and ripe fruits and vegetables
Do you remember when I said you don’t need every fruit or vegetable for every recipe? Now if the soup or dish that you feel you constantly need pureed fruits and veggies, then choose the really ripe ones. Keep in mind that they also have to be fresh. You don’t want fruits that are near spoilage.
Also bear in mind that you want to choose vegetables and fruits that have the proclivity to become soft after you have cooked them. This would make it easier to puree them. Choose veggies like potatoes and carrots, which are perfect to puree.
Set the fruits up for cooking
After washing and the vegetables and fruits, you can now cook them. To do this, you would need to already have boiling water on the stove. You don’t want to throw the fruits into the water when it’s still cold to prevent it from soaking too much water.
Pour the already washed and peeled fruits and vegetables inside the pot and cover it for about 20 minutes. By this time you’re sure that they are already well cooked. Remove the cooked veggies from the pot and place them in another bowl to cool before blending.
Pureeing the fruits and vegetables
Now, depending on the level of smoothness that you want, you can decide to use an electric blender, a food mill, or just an immersion blender. An important thing to keep in mind is that you’re to make sure that the fruits and veggies are smooth and soft.
Add some water if you have to, but don’t do it because you’re trying to increase the quantity. If you want the pureed food to be more, you’ll have to buy more vegetables.
Store the pureed fruits
Get a jar, a bowl, or just about anything that has a firm cover and pour your pureed food inside it. Cover it up and store it in the refrigerator for use later. You should keep these in the refrigerator for weeks or months for it to freeze. All you have to do when you need it is to boil it for a while and it’s good to go again.
With these simple steps you’d have successfully pureed your fruits and vegetables. Also note that not every veggie is suitable for every recipe.