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Spoon Test for Puréed Food1

Wendy J. Dahl and Jamila R. Lepore2

Why should you use the spoon test for puréed foods?

Puréed foods prepared for people with swallowing problems (dysphagia) should meet the textural guidelines recommended by health professionals trained in dysphagia management. Proper texture is the priority when preparing purées. A puréed food should have a uniform texture that is “spoon thick” and should not require any chewing. It should not be too dry, sticky, lumpy, or thin/runny. Adjustments in thickness may be made according to an individual’s specific needs.

How to Use the Spoon Test

A spoon test can be used for small batches of food to ensure that the food is the recommended texture—“spoon thick.”

It is important that puréed food is not too thin and not too thick. A yogurt- or pudding-like consistency is considered “spoon thick” and is the proper texture for purées.

Use the pictures to make sure your puréed food is the proper consistency.

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This handy miniposter is included as page 2 of the PDF version of this document.



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Learn More

Your local UF/IFAS Extension Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) agent may have more written information and nutrition classes for you to attend. Also, a registered dietitian (RD) can provide reliable information to you.



This document is FSHN12-11, one of a series of the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date November 2012. Revised February 2016. Reviewed January 2018. Visit the EDIS website at


Wendy J. Dahl, associate professor; and Jamila R. (Frazier) Lepore, RD, alum (MS 2013); Food Science and Human Nutrition Department; UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A & M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension.