Making Really Smooth Sweet Potato Purée?

I have been freezing sweet potato purée for later use, but need some advice on getting the purée really smooth.

Sweet potatoes will soon be gone from the market. I want to buy a lot more before that happens. From what I've read, they are one of the most nutritious foods. And I do like them.

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I bake them in a microwave. After peeling, I add butter, dark brown sugar, and a tiny amount of allspice (I'm tired of cinnamon for a while).

All this is quite easy and takes little time. I put them in microwavable containers and freeze them. Later, when thawing, I will add more ingredients depending on how I use them. Maybe egg, orange juice, and pecans for a pie.

My problem is getting the potatoes really smooth. I want them as smooth as baby's first food. What I don't want is just mashed sweet potatoes.

A potato masher doesn't suit my needs. They are never smooth enough. I have tried a blender and a food processor. They don't work as well as I would like either.

For now, I am forcing the mashed potatoes through a large sieve (not the conical commercial type). I get the smoothness I want, but the process is time consuming and labor intensive. I thought about buying a slightly coarser sieve hoping it wouldn't defeat the purpose. Does anyone have any ideas?

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July 3, 20200 found this helpful

This is intriguing. Have you tried an immersion blender?

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July 4, 20200 found this helpful

Thanks, but no. I don't have one.

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July 4, 20201 found this helpful

Have you tried using a ricer? 100 or so years ago (at least that's how it seems) I pureed everything for my son using a ricer. I still use it to puree potatoes for homemade gnocchi.

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July 4, 20200 found this helpful

I've never used a ricer so one never came to mind. It could well be just what I need. I'll check into it.

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Thanks.

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July 4, 20201 found this helpful

I checked the ricer. The concept is perfect. The prices are good. I've been forcing the potatoes through a sieve with a nylon spatula. It's hard work and takes forever. The ricer should give me lots of leverage. Now, if I can just find one with holes as small or almost as small as a sieve. Looking. Thanks!

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July 4, 20200 found this helpful

I puree a lot of bananas and I know when sweet potatoes are cooked they can puree quite nicely. I use my blender to do this one. I have a puree handheld machine that you put the potatoes or even banana in and then start to turn this. It forces the banana or potatoes through the holed and this purees the food. This is a lot of work to me and I switched over to the blender. You have to do this in small amounts at a time and just add a little to get it nice and puree.

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July 4, 20200 found this helpful

A smoothie machine will do the trick, as long as the sweet potatoes are fully cooked and softened. If any lumps at all use strainer!

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July 5, 20200 found this helpful

You need to use an emulsifier. It is that wand like electric utensil. I love using mine. I use it when making potato soups, beating eggs, and making whipped cream in seconds. I leave mine plugged in, in the back of my electric utensils. Out of the reach of children. It is the best kitchen tool to have on hand.

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I have used it in a hot gravy on the stove, when I have had lumps in my gravy. Or if you want to purree any soups, it is the best! They are not expensive. Of course like every product, they have a range of prices. You do not need an expensive one. Use Amazon for a good variety of products. Good luck!

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