Strawberry Puree

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This is the BEST Strawberry Puree recipe perfect for all ages, from a simple baby food to the most deliciously sweet sauce you can incorporate into desserts, baking or drizzle on pancakes.

A glass jar of red fruit puree with a golden spoon resting in it, strawberries scattered on the bench around the jar.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Only one essential ingredient is required. (But more decadent if you use three)
  • Works with fresh or frozen strawberries
  • Full of flavour and sweetness with little to no added sugar


Ingredients you will need

To make the best strawberry puree you need three ingredients. If you are making strawberry puree for a baby then you will only need one essential ingredient - strawberries!

  • Strawberries
  • Lemon juice
  • Maple syrup
A container of strawberries, small dish of maple syrup and half a lemon on a grey marble bench top.

Ingredient Notes and Substitutes

  • Strawberries: Either Fresh strawberries or frozen strawberries are fine. This recipe will also work for other berries such as raspberries, blackberries and boysenberries.
  • Lemon juice: Lime juice also works beautifully
  • Maple syrup: Honey*, sugar or stevia will all work. Additional sweetness should not be added for babies. *Honey should not be given to children under one year of age.


Step-by-step instructions

Below are illustrated step-by-step instructions to make my strawberry puree recipe, if you prefer just the written instructions then head straight to the printable recipe card below.

Step one: Hull and slice the strawberries in half or quarters (depending on size).

To hull a strawberry you can use a small sharp knife. Place the tip into the top, angled towards the centre of the green leaves, then spin the strawberry this will remove the leaves and hull

Alternatively (and this is how my children like to do it). Take a stainless steel straw and push it up through the centre of the strawberry from the bottom, the hull and eaves will pop out the top.

A small green fruit knife being used to hull a strawberry
A stainless steel straw being pushed through the bottom of a strawberry to hull it.

Step two: Place in a saucepan, heat over low heat, and simmer until the strawberries become soft and jammy. Turn off the heat and let the cool.

Strawberry halves in a saucepan.
Stewed strawberries in a saucepan with a light blue spatula

Step three: Transfer the strawberries to a blender, and blend until smooth. (Stop at this point if you are making this puree for a baby).

Add the lemon juice and 1 Tablespoon of maple syrup, and blend until combined. Taste - add more maple syrup if desired.

Smooth strawberry smoothie in a glass blender jug

Optional (Pass the strawberry smoothie through a fine mesh sieve to remove the seeds)

Strawberry puree being strained through a sieve into a glass measuring jug.

Step four Enjoy!



Red fruit puree smeared on a marble bench top.

Top Tips

Here is how you can make this strawberry puree perfectly every time!

  • Don't worry if your strawberries are not perfect. This recipe is very forgiving, turning even slightly battered or bruised strawberries into the loveliest smooth sauce.
  • When you initially heat your strawberries do so over low heat, you will not need to add any extra liquid (this will only water down the flavour) as the strawberries heat they will release their natural juices, you can then increase to medium heat and simmer until the strawberries are soft.
  • If you don't have the time to cook/reduce your strawberries do not worry, you can use raw strawberries as well, the strawberry flavor will just be not as rich and the puree not quite as thick. If you are using frozen strawberries you will need to at least thaw them before blending them.
  • Freeze excess puree in an ice cube tray, then you can throw it into a smoothie without any fuss.
A champagne flute of rossini cocktail garnished with a strawberry on the rim of the glass.

FAQs

What is strawberry puree made of?

Strawberry puree is made with strawberries, lemon juice and a little sugar or maple syrup. Unlike strawberry jam or strawberry syrup strawberry puree is only lightly sweetened.

How long is strawberry puree good for?

Strawberry puree can be stored in an airtight container or jar in the fridge for up to 4 days or frozen in the freezer for up to 4 months.

Red fruit puree in ice cube tray ready to be frozen.

A stack of there pancakes garnished with yoghurt dice strawberries and strawberry puree
A small glass jar of strawberry puree in front of a plate of pancakes drizzled with the syrup.

Strawberry Purée

Strawberry Puree is so simple yet so versatile. From a simple baby food to the most deliciously sweet sauce you can incorporate into desserts, baking or drizzle on pancakes.
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Course: Dips Dressings Sauces
Cuisine: New Zealand
Keyword: strawberry puree, strawberry puree recipe, strawberry purée, strawberry syrup, strawberry baby food
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 36kcal

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Ingredients

  • 500 grams Strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 -2 Tablespoons Maple syrup

Instructions

  • Hull and slice the strawberries in half or quarters (depending on size)
  • Place in a saucepan, heat over low heat, simmer until the strawberries become soft and jammy. Turn off the heat and let the cool.
  • Transfer the strawberries to a blender, and blend until smooth. (Stop at this point if you are making this puree for a baby) Add the lemon juice and 1 Tablespoon of maple syrup, and blend until combined. Taste - add more maple syrup if desired.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Yield 600 millilitres
    • Don't worry if your strawberries are not perfect. This recipe is very forgiving, turning even slightly battered or bruised strawberries into the loveliest smooth sauce.
    • When you initially heat your strawberries do so over low heat, you will not need to add any extra liquid (this will only water down the flavour) as the strawberries heat they will release their natural juices, you can then increase to medium heat and simmer until the strawberries are soft.
    • If you don't have the time to cook/reduce your strawberries do not worry, you can use raw strawberries as well, the strawberry flavor will just be not as rich and the puree not quite as thick. If you are using frozen strawberries you will need to at least thaw them before blending them.
    • Freeze excess puree in an ice cube tray, then you can throw it into a smoothie without any fuss.
    • Strawberry puree can be stored in an airtight container or jar in the fridge for up to 4 days or frozen in the freezer for up to 4 months.
      Strawberries: Either Fresh strawberries or frozen strawberries are fine. This recipe will also work for other berries such as raspberries, blackberries and boysenberries.
      Lemon juice: Lime juice also works beautifully
      Maple syrup: Honey*, sugar or stevia will all work. Additional sweetness should not be added for babies. *Honey should not be given to children under one year of age.
    • Stage one baby puree: If you are making this puree for a baby as a first food you will not need to add maple syrup or any sweeteners

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 36kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 136mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 49mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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