What Are Some Tips for Making Pureed Foods for Seniors?

Tips for making pureed foods for seniors include making sure the food is properly broken down but not liquid. It should be the consistency of thick pudding and still stable enough to mound in a spoon or on a fork. Meats, breads, soups, fruits and vegetables all need a slightly different preparation.

To puree meat, poultry and fish, cut hot cooked food into small pieces so it breaks down more easily and evenly. Add liquid if the paste is not smooth enough, and continue to puree. Reheat the meat before serving. Breads and desserts can be pureed in the same way, except adding syrup, jelly or honey to the mixture helps the seniors eat more calories. Try adding sauce or gravy to pureed grains such as rice and noodles.

Soups are easy to puree in a blender, but they may need thickening powder to make them easier to eat. Add the powder, blend until dissolved, and reheat before serving. To puree canned fruits or vegetables, drain and reserve the liquid before blending. If the puree is too thick, gradually add the reserved liquid until it is the proper consistency. To help elderly adults get more nutrition, add butter or margarine to pureed vegetables, and blend fruit with milkshakes or yogurt.