How can I use a blender to puree if I don't have a food processor?

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How can I use a blender to puree if I don't have a food processor?
Use a blender to purée if you don't have a food processor. (blender image by Nikolay Okhitin from Fotolia.com)

Using a blender to purée food is a viable alternative to using a food processor if a food processor is unavailable. Blenders combine a super fast blade with a vortex suction to pull the food in and chop it very quickly. Only seconds pass after the blender is turned on before it creates a thick purée from small chunks of prepared foods.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Food to be processed

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Prepare the food to blend as necessary. Puréeing works best with plenty of liquid. When preparing the food to purée, use methods that involve liquid, like steaming, boiling or stewing. If the method you use does not involve liquid, it may be necessary to add extra liquid later.

    How can I use a blender to puree if I don't have a food processor?
    Boiling vegetables helps maintain good moisture content for puréeing. (Fresh green boiling beans image by eAlisa from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Cut the food into small pieces for the blender. Blenders have a smaller blade base, so smaller pieces are processed easier than larger chunks of food.

    How can I use a blender to puree if I don't have a food processor?
    Small bits of food will purée easier than large chunks. (cut apples image by archana bhartia from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Add liquid to the blender if the pieces of food are dry or firm textured. Start with 1 tbsp, and add more if necessary.

    How can I use a blender to puree if I don't have a food processor?
    Adding a bit of water or other liquid helps the blender purée your foods. (water image by Du...¡an Zidar from Fotolia.com)
  4. 4

    Turn the blender on the lowest speed, gradually increasing speeds as the larger chunks of food are blended. The faster the speed, the more air becomes whipped into the purée, which may create a lighter consistency. Some blenders have a 'purée' speed; use that if available.

    How can I use a blender to puree if I don't have a food processor?
    Start out on a low speed and gradually increase. (blender with milk cocktail image by Nikolay Okhitin from Fotolia.com)
  5. 5

    Stop the blender when the food has reached the desired consistency.

    How can I use a blender to puree if I don't have a food processor?
    When you like the texture, stop the blender. (mango purée image by hazel proudlove from Fotolia.com)

Tips and warnings

  • Use broth or juice in place of water as the liquid in your purée for added flavour.
  • Use extreme caution when puréeing hot foods with a blender. The hot liquid can expand and explode, causing burns or injury.

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