Blueberry Puree for cocktails is a smooth, vibrant blend of ripe blueberries, lemon juice, and sugar. This simple recipe creates the best Blueberry Lemonade Vodka Cocktail, and no cook time is needed.
Keep reading to see how to alter the recipe to make homemade baby food.
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What's great about this blueberry puree recipe
- Cocktails and mocktails are my favorite things to make with blueberries during blueberry season.
- The blueberry puree is a great way to use up blueberries hiding in your refrigerator.
- You can make other fruit purees using the same recipe.
- Blueberry puree can be used in a slew of recipes, such as smoothies, pancakes, sauces, ice creams, and baked goods.
- The deep purple hue of the blueberry puree brings beautiful appeal to cocktails.
- Blueberry puree makes excellent homemade baby food.
- Fresh Lemon Juice - The juice brightens the puree.
- Granulated Sugar - Other sweeteners like agave, honey, or maple syrup can be substituted.
- Organic Blueberries - Fresh or frozen berries.
How to make blueberry fruit puree for drinks
Step 1: Add 1 cup of blueberries, 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar to a blender or food processor.
Step 2: Blend until you have a smooth puree.
Add lemon juice or water one tablespoon at a time if the puree becomes too thick. Frozen blueberries can be substituted for fresh, but it is recommended to thaw the berries first.
Step 3: Store unused puree in an airtight jar.
Ways to use homemade blueberry puree
- Over pancakes and waffles
- Breakfast smoothie bowls
- Serve over vanilla ice cream
The best way to clean and store blueberries
Soak the berries: Place blueberries in a large bowl and cover them with water. Add ⅛ cup vinegar for 1 - 2 cups of fresh blueberries. Soak for fifteen minutes.
Dry the berries: Place the blueberries in a colander or salad spinner. Drain the water from the blueberries. Using paper towels, thoroughly dry the blueberries. I'll often line a baking sheet with paper towels or a kitchen towel so the berries can air dry.
Store the berries: Using an airtight container like a mason jar, store them in the refrigerator. Blueberries can last 7-10 days when cleaned with this process.
How to make fresh blueberry puree baby food
You want to feed your baby blueberries because they are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, and by making blueberry puree, you'll be able to eliminate the choking hazard that whole berries bring.
Follow the directions in the recipe card, but omit the sugar and lemon juice. Add ¼ - ½ cup of water, and blend until smooth. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days or up to 3 months in the freezer.
You can create many fun combination purees for your baby, including mango-pineapple puree, mango-strawberry puree, and kiwi-strawberry puree. Get creative and have fun with fruit purees.
Fridge: Store leftover puree in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.
Freezer: You can freeze puree in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Use an ice cube tray to freeze small portions of the puree.
Simple syrup recipes for cocktails
- Add 1 cup of blueberries, 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar to a blender or food processor.2 cups Blueberries, 2 Tbsp Sugar, 1 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
- Blend until you have a smooth puree.
- Store unused puree in an airtight jar.