It’s strawberry season, and you’re looking for a way to enjoy your strawberries without making a mess.
Look no further than this guide!
In it, we’ll talk about 7 ways to puree strawberries without using a blender – including the mudding technique (which is my favorite)!
We’ll also discuss how you can use these purees in your cooking adventures.
The word “puree” is a French word that means “to make something very smooth.” This is what we intend to do with our strawberries.
So, let’s get started.
1. The Mudding Technique
The mudding technique is the quickest way to puree strawberries, and it’s so easy!
You can use a mortar and pestle to make your strawberries into a puree.
This is the best technique if you have fresh berries that are ripe, but not too soft or mushy so they will still hold their shape after being mashed up in this way!
If using frozen fruit (or any type of berry), you can use this technique as well.
Simply mash up a few handfuls of berries with a fork until they’re smooth.
Then use your fingers (be sure not to cut them) then put those hands into action by massaging the fruit gently for about thirty seconds in all directions.
Just like that, you’ll have fresh berry sauce ready at any time!
It takes less than 2 minutes for this quick process which will yield perfect strawberry sauce or jam in just about any recipe that calls for one.
2. Using A Food Mill
This is one of the best ways to puree berries, especially if they are not frozen and have some texture left in them after being mashed up with your pestle!
It’s easy and quick! Simply place your fresh strawberries in the food mill and press down on the plunger to create delicious, healthy fruit purees.
You’ll be able to enjoy them all year long with this handy kitchen gadget.
The best part about using a food mill is that it doesn’t require any electricity or batteries so you can use it anywhere – even if there’s no power available!
Plus, cleanup is simple because all of the parts are dishwasher safe.
3. Use A Sieve
This technique can be used when you want to remove the seeds from your berry puree, or if they are already seedless and just need a little more texture added in!
Sieves are made of mesh and can be found in many different sizes with various hole patterns.
Sieves are typically used for draining water from noodles, potatoes, rice, and other foods.
A good sieve should do the job well without leaving any whole pieces of fruit behind.
The first step is to wash the strawberries well.
Next, cut off the green stem at the top of each strawberry. You can either leave them whole or slice them in half lengthwise depending on your preference (we recommend slicing).
After that, place one strawberry at a time on top of a mesh strainer over a bowl or pot while pressing down firmly with your fingers.
Now just wait for about 30 seconds as the juice from the strawberry slowly seeps through the mesh and into your container below!
The final product should be beautiful ruby red pieces of fruit.
4. Use A Food Processor
This can be used when you want your puree to have more of an even texture, or if the fruit has been frozen and needs some help with breaking it up!
A food processor is an efficient tool that will get you from start to finish in seconds – all with minimal clean-up.
The first step is to cut up your strawberries into small pieces before putting them into the food processor.
This will help them become more evenly pureed when processed with the other ingredients.
After adding your sugar and water (the ratio is 1:2), turn on your machine until everything becomes smooth!
5. Use A Chef’s Knife
The chef’s knife is the most versatile and efficient tool for pureeing strawberries. It can be used to grind, chop, slice or dice just about any food item.
As a result, it is an excellent choice for people who are looking for a way to make their meals healthier and more nutritious without having to invest in lots of specialized kitchen tools.
First off, you can get more control over your consistency by chopping up the fruit into smaller pieces before cooking or blending them together.
You also will be able to cut out any seeds that might interfere with the taste of your final product.
And if you happen to have any leftover bits and bobs in the fridge, they’ll work just fine for this recipe too!
6. Use Steamer Basket
Another good way to puree strawberries is with a steamer basket!
This technique can be used to make fruit puree when you want it warm, or if the ingredients are frozen and need help breaking them up.
The first step of the process will be to wash and clean the strawberries, then remove their stems.
Next up, place them in a steamer basket and steam them for about 8-10 minutes.
After they have cooled enough to handle, peel off the skins using your fingers or by running a knife over them.
7. Put It In A Plastic And Smash Using A Rolling Pin
The last but not the least way to puree strawberries is by smashing them with a rolling pin.
Put the strawberries in a plastic bag and smash them until they are all mashed up.
Then, put the smashed berries into a pot on the stove and add sugar.
Bring it to a boil for about 10 minutes or until it becomes thickened.
And then, your delicious homemade strawberry jam will be ready!
Here are some ways to pureeing food without a blender.
Different Ways To Use Strawberry Puree
Strawberry Jam: Put the mashed strawberries in a pot and add sugar. Bring it to boil for about ten minutes or until thickened, then enjoy!
Strawberry Ice Cream Topping: Add strawberry puree into your favorite ice cream recipe as an added topping before freezing so that you can have all of these delicious flavors together at once when ready!
Strawberry Pie: Add strawberry puree to your favorite pie recipe for a delicious and easy dessert that everyone will love!
Strawberry Sauce: Mix the mashed strawberries with sugar, then heat them up in order to thicken. Serve over ice cream or cake as an added topping!
One of the best things about strawberries is that their consistency is soft and easy to puree.
If you don’t have a blender at home, there are other alternatives to using a blender in making strawberry puree.
One way is to use a Mudding Technique.
This technique involves using your hands and muddling the strawberries until they are mashed up into tiny pieces, then you can strain them out with cheesecloth or coffee filters for an even smoother consistency!
Another alternative would be by Using A Food Mill which will puree any fruit that it comes in contact with without needing electricity or batteries like blenders do (which means no waiting around!).
You could also Use The Sieve Method where all one needs to do is put the strawberries in a sieve and use their hands to push them through.
Another alternative would be by Using a Food Processor which is a great option for those who don’t want to go through the hassle of using their hands.
You could also Use The Chef’s Knife Method where all one needs to cut up some of your fresh berries, then place those pieces on top of another larger plate before using an electric mixer at low speed for about two minutes until they have turned smooth!
One last option you might want to try out if none others work well enough is steaming baskets as these will cook while blending so there’s less mess involved too!