Purée Meals (Level 4)
Dishes within our Level 4 Puréed texture category are puréed and smooth with a consistent texture.
Puréed meals are those which have had their texture modified to a level which is suitable for someone requiring a Level 4 Puréed diet for swallowing difficulties. Here at Wiltshire Farm Foods, our talented chefs have created an innovative range of Purée ready meals which can be cooked in a microwave or oven straight from frozen, removing the extra hassle of home-blending.
But most importantly these tasty dishes are prepared to a Level 4 consistency ensuring that these meals are safe for those with dysphagia who require a Level 4 diet. What’s more, our talented chefs focus on flavour and nutrition so you can be sure that you are getting a meal that is not only delicious but balanced too.
Our Purée meals come in two sizes
We offer two different sizes of our Level 4 Purée dishes: Purée Classic and Purée Petite. Purée Classic meals are the same portion size as the rest of the main meals in the Wiltshire Farm Foods range, while our Purée Petite range offers smaller servings for those with a smaller appetite.
We know how important it is to get the right nutritional intake regardless of level of swallowing difficulty, so our Purée Petite meals come with the added benefit that they are energy dense*, providing a similar calorie and protein content as our larger Purée Classic dishes.
* Energy dense: at least 500kcal per portion.
We don't just do main meals
You can also choose from a delicious selection of purée breakfasts, sandwiches, snacks and desserts – the choice is yours!
Whether you fancy a light bite or sweet treat, you can be sure to find the right option for you. It’s as simple as popping a meal in the oven or microwave and having something safe and delicious to eat.Explore the range
Puree Meals (Level 4)
Our Purée Petite meals offer smaller, more manageable portion sizes, for those with swallowing difficulties whose appetite might not be what it once was.
An innovative range of puréed ready meals which are a similar portion size as the rest of the main meals in the Wiltshire Farm Foods range – a convenient and tasty option.
Our range of tasty Purée Sandwiches and Snacks are ideal as a light bite or smaller lunchtime option for anyone requiring a Level 4 Purée diet.
From warm fruity porridges to traditional cooked breakfasts, our range of Purée Breakfasts are perfect for anyone on a Level 4 Purée diet.
We have delicious hot and cold desserts available for those who need a Level 4 Purée diet, that are simple and convenient to prepare.
Our Purée Meals - The Benefits
Our puréed meals meet international guidelines for texture modified meals, ensuring that they meet a safe consistency for those on a Level 4 puréed diet. Despite best efforts, home-blending is often difficult to achieve the correct food consistency which can pose a greater risk of choking or aspiration. We can help to alleviate this risk by providing pre-prepared puréed meal and snack options.
They’re easy and convenient:
Our dishes are less time-consuming and more convenient than home blending as no preparation is required. Simply pop a meal in the oven or microwave straight from the freezer.
They’re tasty and nutritionally balanced:
Our talented chefs have worked hard to ensure that every dish prioritises nutrition, at the same time as being delicious. Don’t just take our word for it – along with our parent company, apetito, we were awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise and our Head Chef, Phil, has won a Craft Guild of Chefs award for our Softer Foods range.
They look appetising:
Each meal component is blended and shaped separately to resemble how you would expect them to, making them look just as good as they taste.
Catering for special dietary requirements
There are many delicious vegetarian options in our Purée range, and some vegan options too. We also cater for gluten free diets too, with 30 out of the 55 dishes within our puréed range being free from gluten.
To help you find meals that are right for you, we use dietary symbols in our brochures and on our Wiltshire Farm Foods website to indicate which meals are suitable for vegetarian and gluten free diets, as shown below.
Order a FREE Brochure
Request a free brochure to browse our Softer Foods range, including our full range of Purée dishes:
Main brochure - includes all of our delicious meals. You will be able to find our Softer Foods dishes in their own section at the back.
Softer Foods brochure - contains only our range of meals for people with swallowing difficulties.Request a brochure
Purée meals - Your questions answered
How can I be sure puréed meals are safe to eat?
You can follow the IDDSI Framework (International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative). These are descriptors used for texture modified foods across 8 levels. These will include the level suggested for you if you have seen a Dietitian or Speech and Language Therapist. You can also watch our IDDSI testing videos to help ensure you’re getting the right consistency.
What can you eat on a dysphagia diet?
If you have been diagnosed with dysphagia, then your Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) should have recommended a specific level of texture-modified diet that is suitable for you. The diet you have been recommended by your SLT is the safest for you to eat based on your current swallowing ability and should be followed at all times. There are plenty of Dysphagia recipes that you can make yourself, or alternatively you can opt to use our meal delivery service that offers a wide range of award winning puree meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
How do I purée food?
When it comes to preparing your puréed meals at home, we understand that it can be tricky. However, a few things to be aware of can make this a much easier process.
- Making sure you have the right equipment that can help achieve the correct consistency.
- Using the right liquids to soften your meals – ensuring these liquids will fortify your meals with vital calories and proteins instead of diluting them.
- Understanding what foods are easy to purée and which ones aren’t, but also what foods are naturally softer in texture that would make an easier meal.
Can I purée food at home?
Home blending is always an option for someone who is living with swallowing difficulties, however we would always advise following IDDSI food tests to ensure that the food you’re preparing is a safe consistency.
If you have the right equipment, this can make it easier. A food processor or liquidiser will be helpful, and even a sieve to make sure that lumps are dissolved and there’s a smooth consistency. It’s also good to know what foods to avoid when preparing these meals and there are options available for purée ready meals if this process is difficult.
What foods should I avoid with Dysphagia?
When it comes to your diet, it’s important to have flavour and variety, however we would always recommend speaking to a Dietitian or Speech and Language Therapist to find out what is and is not safe to eat when you’re experiencing dysphagia. Below we have listed a few high-risk foods to avoid with Dysphagia:
- Mixed consistency foods – these are any foods with more than one texture or consistency that can prove challenging for someone with dysphagia. E.g. cereals that do not blend well with milk, minced meat with a gravy that is thin, bread that has been dipped in soup.
- Food that contains husks (husks are the dry outer covering of some fruits or seeds) - e.g. granary or other multi-grain breads and vegetables such as sweetcorn.
- Foods with a fibrous or ‘stringy’ texture - e.g. celery, green beans, melted cheese or pineapple.
- Fruit or vegetables with thick skins, seeds or pips - e.g. baked beans, peas, grapes and tomatoes.
- Crunchy and crumbly items such as toasts, biscuits, crackers, crisps, pie crusts.
- Hard foods – sweets, tough meat, nuts, seeds.
- Bread is usually only recommended to be safe on a case-by-case basis as per guidance from your Speech and Language Therapist.