pureed hotdog

A hot dog made from purée. Photo: Unidine

Mastering the art of puréed food

Taking purées—an important part of senior nutrition—from blobs to truly appealing plates takes artistic talent and an appreciation for the difference it can make.

One of the best compliments for a puréed meal is when a nurse sends it back, thinking that it’s not puréed food.

“Sometimes you’re hard-pressed to tell the difference,” says Chris Greve, director of culinary for senior living at Unidine Corp. “We’ll have a nurse send a meal back and say, ‘No, this patient is on a purée diet.’”

Puréed meals that bear that much resemblance to regular food are the result of training, getting staff excited about it and a commitment to helping seniors

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