In this brief article, we will answer the question, “How to puree strawberries without a blender?” and provide information on storing strawberry puree as well as recipes that can be prepared using strawberry puree.
How to puree strawberries without a blender?
You can puree strawberries using a mortar and a pestle. Remove the leaves of the strawberries before you place them in the mortar and pestle.
Cut the strawberries to make this process easier. You can also choose bruised strawberries specifically for this method to make the process of converting it to a puree easier.
Place the cut and bruised strawberries inside the mortar and pestle and start to muddle them. Before muddling them, you can massage the fruit and check whether it is extremely firm or tender enough to muddle.
What are other methods to puree strawberries?
- You can use a food mill to blend strawberries. As the food mill contains small holes, the consistency of the strawberries can turn out to be a bit thicker.
A food mill also has different types of discs. According to your choice, you can select the discs to create the puree which can give you coarser or finer puree.
- A sieve can also be used to puree strawberries. The sieve can also act as a strainer and strain out the seeds through the sieve. Place a bowl below the sieve.
Using a fork, the strawberries can be pushed through the sieve or you can push the sieve down the strawberries using your hands. The strawberry juice will slip through the mesh into the bowl below.
Hot water can be poured through a little bit to ease the process.
- If you find it difficult using a sieve, go for the food processor to puree the strawberries.
You can cook the purees before you put them in a food processor, to ease the pureeing process. Also, test the blades of the food processor before using them to puree strawberries.
After adding the strawberries, add water with sugar and then switch on the food processor. The content of sugar added should be lower than water (1:2 ratio of sugar to water)
- You can use the handle of a chef’s knife to smash the strawberries too. Remove the leaves of strawberries. Chop the strawberries evenly after washing them. Chop the strawberries into smaller pieces.
Push your knife over the already chopped strawberry pieces at a slight angle. This would flatten the chopped pieces.
- You can use a steamer’s basket to puree strawberries as well. Place the strawberries in the steamer basket after which keep it in boiling water. After a while, take the steamer basket out of hot water.
Now place the steamer basket under running water to cool it down. After it cools down, you can puree the strawberries using a rolling pin. If the fruits are still firm, add a little bit of hot water to them to soften them.
- Chinois strainer is another stuff that you can use to prepare the strawberry puree. Chinoise strainers have small holes through which the strawberries would need to be pushed to create the puree.
A mesh chinose would provide you with a smoother puree though using chinose would be time-consuming.
- A vegetable peeler can be used to puree foods especially baby foods. It is safer to use and saves time and does not require electricity too.
How to store strawberry puree?
- Store the puree in an airtight container and then place them in the fridge. In the fridge, it can last for 4-5 days.
- Another method of storage is by keeping the strawberry puree in the freezer. In the freezer, the strawberry puree can last for at least 3 months.
- You can also divide the puree into portions and place them in ice cube trays. This way, you need to remove only the amount of puree that you would require and the rest of the puree would be safe in the freezer.
- If you place the puree in an airtight container in the fridge, do not scoop the puree out using a dirty utensil or spoon. Always keep the container in which you store the puree, sealed.
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How can you incorporate strawberry puree in your recipes?
Strawberry puree can be used to prepare strawberry margaritas, strawberry applesauce, coffee cake, smoothies, or strawberry cheesecake.
Other stuff that you could prepare using strawberry puree includes strawberry ice cream, strawberry sauce, strawberry jam, and strawberry pie.
In this brief article, we have answered the question, “How to puree strawberries without a blender?” and provided information on storing strawberry puree as well as recipes that can be prepared using a strawberry puree.