This post shares How to Make Strawberry Puree for use in a variety of desserts and beverages. Options for both cooked and fresh and unsweetened and sweetened Pureed Strawberry Recipe are included, along with suggestions to use strawberry puree.

You know the old adage, ‘When Life Gives You Strawberries, Make Strawberry Puree!’

Ok, I may be taking some liberties, but you know what I mean!

Pureeing strawberries is just another way to savor these delightful little berries and extend your enjoyment of them.

Overhead shot of strawberry puree, with spilled puree on counter and some fresh strawberries.

At its simplest, strawberry puree (or any puree, for that matter) is just strawberries blended to a paste or liquid. In its strictest definition, a pureed fruit or vegetable is typically cooked, think applesauce or pumpkin puree for pies.

The beauty of this Strawberry Puree is that you can keep it fresh or cook it down a bit to concentrate the flavors. Additionally, you can add sugar or not, depending on the sweetness of the berries and your ultimate use. And, as if you needed one more decision to make, you get to choose whether to keep the seeds in or strain them out.

Sweetened or Unsweetened?

Honestly, I have never felt the need to sweeten my puree. That being said, if your strawberries are on the tart side, you can surely add a little sweetness with honey or sugar.

If you are considering adding sweetness, wait until the puree is made to add the sugar or the honey. Give it a taste to see if any sweetness is needed and then add it by the teaspoon.

Blender or Food Processor?

I was able to get a much smoother puree with my blender than with my food processor. I let it blend for about 45 seconds to 1 minute.

Keep the Seeds or Remove the Seeds from your Puree?

Removing the seeds is so easy that I always go ahead and remove them. I think it makes the puree more versatile.

Removing the seeds is simply a matter of pouring the puree through a fine-mesh sieve and stirring the puree for a minute or two until only the seeds and wee bit of pulp are remaining.

Strawberry seeds in fine mesh sieve.

How much Strawberry Puree will a Pound of Strawberries Yield?

I typically get between 1 3/4 – 2 cups of puree from 1 pound of fresh strawberries. Removing the seeds takes a little less than 1/4 of cup from that total.

How to Make Fresh Strawberry Puree

How to Make Fresh Strawberry Puree

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Processing Time: 1 minute
Additional Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes

How to make fresh strawberry puree; either sweetened or unsweetened, with seeds or without.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb fresh strawberries
  • Sugar, optional and as necessary
  • Lemon Juice, optional, up to 1 TB

Instructions

  1. Wash and hull your strawberries
  2. Place in a blender and blend on high for 1 minute. For a smooth puree, I found that my blender worked better than my food processor.
  3. If you want to remove the seeds, pour your strawberry puree into a fine-mesh sieve over a bowl and stir the puree until all that remains are the seeds. My experience is that the seeds and related pulp amount to less than 1/4 cup while the puree will be between 1 1/2 cups to 2 cups.
  4. Before you add sugar, taste your puree to make sure it needs it. If you do add it, do it in teaspoonful increments until you've reached the desired sweetness.
  5. Refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 6 months.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 12Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 0g

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Fresh or Cooked Strawberry Puree?

For a thickened topping, you might consider cooking it down. Not only will it thicken the puree, but cooking will concentrate the flavor as well. If you are looking for a fresher-tasting strawberry puree, then leave it uncooked.

I rarely cook down my puree at first. If it needs to be cooked down for the recipe that I will use it in, that typically happens within that recipe.

The cooked puree is on the left and the fresh is on the right.

Comparison of cooked and fresh strawberry puree.
How to Make Cooked Strawberry Puree

How to Make Cooked Strawberry Puree

Yield: 2 cups
Prep & Processing Time: 6 minutes
Remove Seeds Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes

How to make a cooked strawberry puree

Ingredients

  • 1 lb fresh strawberries
  • Sugar (optional and as necessary)
  • Lemon Juice (optional, up to 1 TB)

Instructions

  1. Wash and hull strawberries
  2. Place in a blender and blend on high for 1 minute. For a smooth puree, I found that my blender worked better than my food processor.
  3. If you want to remove the seeds, pour your strawberry puree into a fine-mesh sieve over a bowl and stir the puree until all that remains are the seeds. My experience is that the seeds and related pulp amount to less than 1/4 cup while the puree will be between 1 1/2 cups to 2 cups.
  4. Before you add sugar, taste your puree to make sure it needs it. If you do add it, do it in teaspoonful increments until you've reached the desired sweetness.
  5. To cook and reduce your strawberry puree, put it in a pot over medium-high heat and bring it to a simmer while stirring.
  6. Once at a simmer, reduce heat to low and stir from time to time until desired thickness is reached, up to 20 minutes. Remember to stir so that it doesn't stick to the bottom of your pot.
  7. Let cool.
  8. Refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 6 months.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 2 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 12Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 0g

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How to Store Your Puree

Your strawberry puree can be refrigerated for 2-3 days or frozen for up to 6 months. Freeze your puree in ice cube trays for easy use.

How To Use Strawberry Puree

Strawberry Curd

Add it to Seltzer Water

Add it Champagne or Prosecco

Drizzle it over your ice cream, yogurt, waffles or pancakes

Thicken it with cornstarch and sugar to glaze cakes

Strawberry Lemonade or Limeade!

How will you use it?

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6 Comments

  1. [email protected]

    March 30, 2021 at 9:07 am

    This sounds so good! I’m looking forward to strawberry season here in Virginia.

    Reply
    • lynn

      April 3, 2021 at 3:39 pm

      Its coming soon! Enjoy.

      Reply
  2. Maryann

    April 1, 2021 at 1:16 pm

    Definitely on my list to make this Spring!

    Reply
    • lynn

      April 3, 2021 at 3:38 pm

      You will find so many uses for it!

      Reply
  3. Kathleen P

    April 3, 2021 at 10:15 am

    Something so beautiful about the natural beauty, color and simplicity of a food made from fresh berries! Love this simple recipe! And all of the uses!!

    Reply
    • lynn

      April 3, 2021 at 3:38 pm

      Thanks Kathleen! I’m now on a quest to find all the foods I can make with Strawberry Puree! GEt ready for some delightful cocktails!

      Reply

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