It might feel strange to head to the baby food aisle when you don’t need to feed a baby, but if you ever make a dish that requires pureed fruit or vegetables and you don’t want to do it yourself, it’s your best destination. You’ll get a flavorful puree without unnecessary additives or ingredients.
The video above from the Tastemade YouTube channel is really about how to make a delicious mango pudding, but at about the one minute mark, Dzung Duong offers a tip that I found surprisingly useful: The baby food aisle is the best place to get purees if you’re looking for quality — even if you plan to use them in your own recipes. After all, it makes sense: Baby food is tightly controlled, and usually the options in the baby food aisle will be devoid of some of the same additives, sweeteners and preservatives you’ll find in the canned food or bottled food aisles for adults. So you’ll get better flavour, and while baby food can be more expensive, you may not need as much as you’d buy elsewhere in the store and your final dish will be better as a result.
It’s a simple tip, but one that can save you time if you don’t want to puree something on your own for a recipe, for example, but don’t want to give up delicious results either.
Mango Pudding | Dzung Duong [Tastemade (YouTube)]