How to puree without a food processor? (9 ways)

In this article, we will answer the question “How to puree without a food processor?” 

How to puree without a food processor?

Following are discussed different ways you can puree food without a food processor.


Food blenders can easily replace food processors to make a puree. It will take a longer time but the job is done fine. Blender can puree anything from fruits to vegetables, from liquids to slightly dry food products. One thing It can do is kneading dough.

Make sure the blades of the blender are sharp enough to chop or mince fibrous food like celery. Read the user’s guide or manufacturer’s instructions for this purpose. You can also chop carrots, garlic, and herbs in your blender for smoother gravy.


A mixer does the same job as a food processor. They are usually used for the aeration of milk, eggs, meringues, mayo, butter, and homemade whipped cream in baking o mixing dry ingredients. 

Among bakers, a mixer is an important tool for mixing dry and liquid ingredients. They take up very small space and can be used to perform a variety of tasks in a short time. If you have a hand-held immersion blender, use It to blend homemade mayonnaise or pesto sauce. 

As compared to a food processor, a mixer takes up very little space. With the help of a hook attachment, you can also use your mixture to knead the dough for cookies, cakes, and bread.


If you wanted to use the chopping function of the food processor, use a chopper instead. It does the same job. The plus point is that It is very compact so It does not take up much space for storage.


Grinders are perfect for cutting, mashing, and crashing any food product. These have specialized versions for different foods like meat or nut. Use the one specialized for mincing meat when you are using a grinder as a substitute for a food processor. 

They are very heavy so keep them in a fixed place so you do not have to move them every other day. If you are a coffee lover, It is highly likely you already have a coffee grinder. It is time to use it to grind food other than coffee. 

The grinder is perfect for chopping nuts or crushing whole spice to make them release their fragrance before adding to the dish.

Ricer or a food mill is best suitable for softer produce. Use it to mash potatoes, make riced cauliflower or turn any product into rice or flour-like texture.

Large grater

A large grater will cut or chop your produce in different shapes and sizes. However, be mindful of your safety when using the grater as It can result in cuts in your hand. 

A grater is a must-have when you are making a salad or hash browns. It can also be used to quickly grate some ginger for tea, sauce, or stir-fry.

Pestle and mortar

Pestle and mortar have been used in Egypt and Asian regions for grinding spices for quite a long time. If you do not have any other option, go for this substitute. It will do the job pretty good but It takes a lot of time and effort.

Rolling pin and plastic bag

Put your food in a resealable plastic bag. Seal it tight and use the force of the rolling pin to crush it until desired texture is achieved. Make sure the surface on which the bag is placed is very sturdy. This method is best suitable for cookies, chickpeas, and chips.

Cook until soft

This is going to take time. Cook your produce until It softens and becomes mushy enough that it turns into a puree when pressed using a fork. While the produce is boiling, you can add spices and condiments for a flavorful puree.


The knife is the last resort. Make sure the blade of the knife is sharp. It won’t puree the food but you can chop the food in a very small size. You can later proceed with cooking it. This will soften your produce and the boiling will also take lesser time. 

Be careful not to hurt yourself when using a knife.  When cutting or chopping produce, always hold the knife with your dominant hand. The fingers of the other hand should be curled in a way as to make them look like a bear claw. 

Before finely chopping your vegetables or fruits, cut them into halves and then quarters. It will make the chopping easier.


In this article, we answered the question “How to puree without a food processor?” 


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