Mango puree takes very little effort to make and can be used in a variety of ways. Why not try adding it to yoghurt, sweet or savoury dips/sauces, baked goods and smoothies.
Summer means mango season and we are loving eating them in abundance. However, over Christmas I got a bit carried away with the amount of fruit I thought we would need. I was left with a box of mangoes that were ripe and ready to be eaten quickly.
Mangoes are easily frozen, so as well as freezing chunks of flesh, I also made mango puree to freeze and enjoy when they are out of season.
Mango Puree Nutrition
Not only do mangoes taste wonderful but they are also bursting with nutrients.
They are a great source of calcium and vitamins essential for good health. A 200g serving, (less than one mango), provides you with up to three times your recommended daily intake of Vitamin A and Vitamin C. (Source: Australian Mangoes)
Mango puree is made using 100% of this mango goodness.
How to Choose a Mango
When making mango puree, soft and ripe mangoes are the best.
When buying fresh mangoes, you want to look for ones that
- Are free of nicks, bruises, and other blemishes.
- Give slightly when you squeeze them and have a fruity aroma at the stem.
How to Make Mango Puree
- Use a sharp knife to slice the mango lengthways on either side of the stone.
- Use the knife to make lengthwise and crosswise cuts in the two mango cheeks. Be careful not to cut through the skin.
- Push the back side of the mango cheek up so that the flesh pokes out. Slice off the cubes and discard the skin.
- Peel and cut off the remaining flesh from around the stone.
- Add the flesh to a food processor and blend until smooth.
How to Make Mango Puree if You Do Not Have A Food Processor.
You can also make mango puree using a blender or stick blender. Just prepare your mangoes as above and blend.
If you do not have any equipment for blending / pureeing then you can also make the puree by hand, if your mangoes are ripe enough, it just takes a little more time.
- Use a sharp knife to chop the mango very finely, continue to chop until the mango has turned into mush.
- To achieve a smoother puree, push the mango through a sieve until all the mango has passed through
You can see from the photo below that all three methods produced a similar result.
What You Can Use Mango Puree For
- Mix into yoghurt
- Add to Smoothies/milk/mocktails
- A sauce for ice-cream/pancakes/waffles/desserts
- Making Chia Jam
- Adding to baked goods (muffins, bread, cakes)
- In dressings / dips / sauces
- In curries
Mango Puree for Babies
Mango puree can be enjoyed as it is or mixed with a range of other pureed or mashed foods. Some suggestions include….
- Banana (mashed/pureed)
- Avocado (mashed/pureed)
- Oatmeal (stirred pureed mango into cooked oatmeal for a new flavour)
- Carrot (cooked and pureed/mashed to a texture your baby is used to)
- Apple (cooked and pureed/mashed)
- Sweet potato (cooked and pureed/mashed)
As mangoes are high in vitamin C, they can help your baby absorb more iron from the foods he/she eats. (Source: NCBI) Try mixing a little mango puree with some iron-rich foods such as…
- Chicken (cooked and pureed, mashed or shredded to a texture your baby is used to)
- Red lentils (washed, cooked and pureed/mashed to a texture your baby is used to)
- Fish (thoroughly deboned, cooked and pureed/mashed/flaked to a texture your baby is used to)
Note: For information on when to introduce purees to your baby, please follow your State / Country Government guidelines.
How to Store Mango Puree
Store the puree in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
Pureed mango can be frozen for up to 3 months.
I recommend freezing the puree in small batches so that you only have to thaw out the amount needed for a specific recipe, or the tiny amount a baby will need.
Freezing the puree in flexible ice cube trays is an excellent way to do this. Fill each ice cube tray section nearly to the top, cover and freeze until frozen. You can then transfer the cubes to a freezable container/zip lock bag.
Do not re-freeze if the puree has been previously frozen.
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- 2 medium Mangoes *SEE NOTE 1
- Wash mangoes and remove the flesh *SEE NOTE 2.
- Add the mango flesh to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. *SEE NOTE 3
- Mangoes should be ripe and soft to make good mango puree.
- Tips and photos on how to remove the flesh can be found in the post above.
- If you do not have a food processor or blender then you can puree by finely chopping the mango until you achieve a mush. See the above post for more detail.