AskDefine | Define puree

Dictionary Definition

puree n : food prepared by cooking and straining or processed in a blender v : rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender; "puree the vegetables for the baby" [syn: strain]

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Etymology 1

purer, to make pure, from purus, unsullied

Alternative spellings


  1. A food that has been ground or crushed into a thick liquid (e.g. tomato sauce is generally a puree).


  1. To crush or grind food into a puree.

Etymology 2

Hindi पूरी (pūrī), a kind of pancake

Alternative spellings


To crush or grind food into a puree


  1. A type of unleavened bread from Indian and Pakistan.

Extensive Definition

Purée and (more rarely) mash are general terms for food, usually vegetables or legumes, that have been ground, pressed, and/or strained to the consistency of a soft paste or thick liquid. Purées of specific foods are often known by specific names, e.g. mashed potatoes or apple sauce. The term is of French origin, where it meant in Ancient French (13th century) purified or refined.
Purées overlap with other dishes with similar consistency, such as thick soups, creams (crèmes) and gravies — although these terms often imply more complex recipes and cooking processes. Coulis (French for "strained") is a similar but broader term, more commonly used for fruit purées. The term is not commonly used for paste-like foods prepared from cereal flours, such as gruel or muesli; nor with oily nut pastes, such as peanut butter. The term paste is often used for purées intended to be used as an ingredient, rather than eaten.
Purées can be made in a blender, or with special implements such as a potato masher, or by forcing the food through a strainer, or simply by crushing the food in a pot. Purées generally must be cooked, either before or after grinding, in order to improve flavour and texture, remove toxic substances, and/or reduce their water content.

Common purées

Common purées include:
These vegetables are also often served as purées:
puree in German: Püree
puree in Spanish: Puré
puree in French: purée
puree in Hebrew: מחית
puree in Korean: 퓌레
puree in Dutch: Puree
puree in Japanese: ピュレ
puree in Russian: Пюре

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

albumen, batter, bisque, bonnyclabber, borscht, bouillabaisse, bouillon, broth, burgoo, butter, chicken soup, chowder, clabber, clam chowder, clear soup, consomme, cornstarch, cream, curd, dough, egg drop soup, egg white, fish soup, gaum, gazpacho, gel, gelatin, glair, glop, glue, gluten, goo, gook, goop, gravy soup, gruel, gumbo, gunk, jam, jell, jelly, julienne, loblolly, matzo ball soup, minestrone, misoshiru soup, mock turtle soup, molasses, mucilage, mucus, mulligatawny, oxtail soup, pap, paste, porridge, pot-au-feu, potage, potage au tomate, potato soup, pottage, pudding, pulp, putty, rob, semifluid, semiliquid, size, soup, starch, sticky mess, stock, syrup, thick soup, thin soup, tomato soup, treacle, turtle soup, vegetable soup, vichyssoise, won ton soup
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