Miriam is an enthusiastic cook. At 13 years old she would bake cakes for her young siblings and parents and they loved them.
It is not easy to find fresh tomato puree. Prepare one for yourself.
- 1kg tomatoes or as desired
- ½ cup vinegar (Optional)
- ½ cup sugar (Optional)
- 1 tablespoon salt (Optional)
Gather tomatoes, remove leaves and cut the stem area. Rinse them well.
Boil water in a large pot.
Add tomatoes and continue boiling them for 10-15 minutes.
Remove the tomatoes from boiling water and put them in a can with ice or cold water.
Peel the skin off the tomatoes. You can also leave the skin. Cut the tomatoes into halves. Remove the seeds and juice if you do not want to use them. Puree the tomatoes in a food processor until smooth. Removing seeds and juice ensures that the puree is thick and has a dark red color.
This step is optional. Boil the pureed tomatoes with vinegar, sugar and salt as per ingredients.
Store in containers and refrigerate it. If you want it to stay for longer period, freeze it.
This puree is great for kids as you prepare them for solid food
Apple - Banana puree
- 1 ripe apple
- 1 ripe banana
Peel the banana and cut to small pieces.
Peel the apple and remove the core and rasp from the apple. Grate the apple.
Mix the banana and apple. It is ready to be eaten at this step. You can also blend until smooth and add some cookies and serve.
Apricot- Melon puree
- 1 ripe melon
- 2 ripe apricots
Peel the melon and remove the pits out of apricots. Cut them in to pieces. Place them in a bowl and press them with the back of the spoon. You can blend if you want a smooth puree. Serve with cookies and kids will love it.
- Half ripe kiwi
- Overripe peach
Peel the kiwi and the peach. Remove the pit from the peach. Cut them into pieces. Place them in a bowl and mash the using the back of spoon. You can also blend it if you want a smooth puree. Serve it with a cookie.
Do not buy raspberry puree any more. Try this puree recipe at home. It will save you lots of money.
- 2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
- ¼ cup granulated sugar (4 tablespoon honey or to your taste)
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
Refrigerate the puree to thicken. It can stay fresh for up to a week. You can also serve it without refrigerating although it will be slightly lighter. Raspberry puree can be used as a topping for cakes, ice cream and custards. If you want it to stay longer, freeze it until you need it.
Place the raspberries, sugar (If using honey, do not put it at this stage), and lemon juice in a sauce pan.
If the raspberry is frozen, leave them at room temperature to unfreeze, and then you can place them in the sauce pan.
Cook in low to medium heat until raspberry are soft and well integrated with the liquid. Stir as you cook. Add some other liquid such as water so that the sugar does not burn. The water should be in small quantity just to help the sugar to melt. Cook for 10 minutes. You can adjust the taste of you puree at this stage, for example, if you want it to be sweeter, you can add more sugar and keep tasting until you get the desired taste.
You can also use a food processor to prepare it and proceed to step 2. Pour raspberry, sugar and lemon juice and small amount of water to help dissolving the sugar in a blender. Blend it until smooth, and then pour in a strainer to separate the juice from broken seeds. Blending produces a smoother puree than cooking. If you do not like sugar, use honey and blend it together with the other ingredients.
Pour the mixture in a strainer to separate liquid from seeds. Using the back of your spoon, press the fruit though the strainer. If you did not use sugar, put honey at this stage after straining.
- Confectionery sugar dissolves better than granulated sugar. Consider giving it a try.
- Corn starch can be used to thicken puree although it will affect flavor. Add corn starch as you cook until you get the desired thickness.
- Instead of using lemon juice, try water, orange juice of honey.
- Practice makes perfect. Try different versions but follow the recipe and see what best suits you.
- If you smell any bad smell in your puree, discard it immediately and prepare another batch.
- Fruit puree should be consumed immediately after preparation, otherwise keep it frozen until you are ready to consume it.
- Pureeing is the best way to keep fruits especially when they are in season.
- Explore, explore, explore. Try out something new that excites you.
This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.
© 2021 Miriam Syombua Mutisya
Miriam Syombua Mutisya (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on August 05, 2021:
Stay healthy. Consume fresh fruits and save money.