When we think of puree we think of: pumpkin puree, strawberry puree, but not sweet potato puree. This silky sweet potato puree is so soft it’s hard to believe it’s only made with water and sweet potatoes! Later in this post we will talk about other ways you can use sweet potato puree, but for this recipe, I was making it for my 5 month old son. He DEVOURED the first bite tasting these and practically took the spoon with it. So, needless to say, this is delish!
What to add into sweet potato puree to give it more flavor
Babies sure do have a different palette than other age groups. They stick their toes in their mouth. So.. yah.. You don’t have to leave this recipe plain. You can spice it up a bit! Literally! Add about 1TBS of cinnamon to this sweet potato puree recipe and 1TBS or more of butter, if you need a little extra flavor.
Equipment you need to make Silky Sweet Potato Puree
There is a variety of appliances you can use for making this puree. One doesn’t necessarily work better than the other. It is simple what will work best for you.
For this recipe, I used a cutting board, a knife to cut the potatoes, a vegetable peeler (like this one), and a regular pot for boiling the potatoes in water.
When it comes to pureeing the potatoes, you don’t need anything fancy. A regular blender works just fine. Even a food processor works well. Heck, they are soft enough that you could smash them with a fork if needed! For this recipe I used this hand blender. I LOVE this blender. I hate washing all the parts of a regular standing blender. There is usually 2-3 pieces that need to be cleaned after. If you’re lucky, you’ll only have one piece to clean. It also comes with a variety of attachments and an easy to store case too. This one is definitely my favorite.
The other items you will need are ice cube trays for freezing. Since I make this primarily for baby food for the kids, I also used the squeeze machine to squeeze the puree into bags. This makes it easy for them to eat the sweet potato puree on the go.
How to Make Sweet Potato Puree
There are a couple different ways you can make sweet potato puree. For example, in this recipe I boil the sweet potatoes in a pot of water. Instead of boiling the sweet potatoes, you can steam them by placing a steamer basket in the boiling pot of water. The potatoes will sit on the basket and steam until cooked. This also prevents more water getting into the potatoes.
I think the water helps add a creamier texture to the potatoes.
After you wash and peel the potatoes, cut the ends off and cut into cubes. It’s okay if they are not even in size.
Once you have cut into cubes, add to the boiling water and boil for about 20 minutes. The potatoes will be soft when poked with a fork. I usually check a couple of potato cubes before deciding if they are done or not.
One they are soft and fully cooked, drain the water out using a strainer. Use the hand blender to puree the potatoes until they are smooth and creamy. You don’t want any lumps in the final product.
That’s it! Super easy and simple!
What do I use Sweet Potato Puree for?
So you have the sweet potatoes pureed, now what? One common way is for stage one baby food. This recipe works great with babies learning to eat solid foods.
So what else?
- Bread or muffins
- Breakfast (think baked with bacon, cheese, chives, etc)
How to Freeze Sweet Potato Puree
Once you have cooked and pureed your sweet potatoes using a blender, hand blender, or food processor spoon 1-2 TBS into ice cube trays. Freeze for 2-3 hours (or over night). Once fully frozen, remove puree cubes from ice cube trays into a ziplock bag. Label with date made and what is in the bag.
How long does sweet potato puree keep?
Sweet potato puree will last about 1 month frozen in the freezer.
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- Sweet Potatoes (amount depends on how much puree you want to make
- Water for boiling
- Boil water in a medium to large pot. Fill the water half or 3/4 of the way full.
- While the water is boiling, wash the potatoes with a veggie scrubber.
- Once washed and patted dry, peel off all of the skin from the potatoes using a veggie peeler.
- Once all the skin is removed, cut 1 inch off the ends of the potatoes.
- Cut potatoes into cubes, roughly the same size.
- Add potatoes to boiling water and boil until soft. About 15 minutes. Check after 10.
- Once soft, strain water out.
- Blend until potatoes are fully blended and there are no chunks. Puree will be smooth and silky. Use either a hand blender, standing blender, or a food processor to blend.
- Store in airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days.
- freeze 2 TBS in ice cube trays for small and easy portions
- freeze in squeeze packs for babies
- in an airtight container for about 1 month.