That tag is strange, while looking for a tag "purifying" that tag shows up. And I don't really know the purpose of that tag. Currently there are no questions under that tag.


  • There are four questions tagged "puree" - cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/puree?sort=newest Did you mean no one has tagged anything "purifying"?
    – Cascabel Mod
    Commented Nov 29, 2014 at 17:19
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    Just a note, it's both a verb and a noun. If you put broccoli in a blender, you are pureeing the broccoli. The resulting product is broccoli puree.
    – Jolenealaska Mod
    Commented Nov 29, 2014 at 22:13
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    Cary, one more thing if you are not aware how Meta works: The downvotes here mean "I disagree with your suggestion" (so people think the tag should stay), not "It's a bad question". To your best knowledge, the tag did not mean anything, so it was a good thing to start a discussion about it. Don't be discouraged by the downvotes, they are used differently on Meta than on main.
    – rumtscho Mod
    Commented Dec 1, 2014 at 9:46
  • @rumtscho, I didn't know that! Thanks for the information! Yeah, I will not be discouraged. Thanks again Sir. Commented Dec 1, 2014 at 10:05

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I don't see a reason to remove it. Just because nobody has thought of using it doesn't mean that nobody will do so in the future. And I see no red flags with it - it is not suffering from homonym problems, or from being a meta-tag.

Is it possible that there is a language issue? Puree is a culinary term used for mashed vegetables, but if you have not heard it, maybe you thought that it is not a real word? I admit that it is somewhat uncommon in English.

  • Yes, exactly. I've not heard it. I was thinking that it is a mistake. Thanks! Commented Nov 29, 2014 at 23:31
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    Tags can't exist without being used on questions - but as it's been pointed out, there are actually four questions with the tag, which is more than enough to keep it out of purgatory.
    – Aaronut
    Commented Dec 1, 2014 at 2:33
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    Aaronut is correct in principle. There is one exception: when a question with the tag is created and later deleted. In this case, the tag continues to exist for a few months, after which it is automatically destroyed. So it's not completely impossible to find a tag without questions for it, although very rare.
    – rumtscho Mod
    Commented Dec 1, 2014 at 9:44
  • @rumtscho, thanks! very informative. I really appreciate for helping me. Commented Dec 1, 2014 at 10:05
  • I think it is also the canonical name for a component in certain platings? Commented Sep 21, 2016 at 14:40
  • @rackandboneman I have never heard it used for anything which was not made from mashed vegetables or fruit. If you have examples for a different usage, I'd love to see them and educate myself.
    – rumtscho Mod
    Commented Sep 21, 2016 at 17:26
  • It seems to be a standard in all these swanky fish dishes presented on masterchef and stuff, so I assumed it was also a formal term for whatever is used to keep the fish from sliding off the plate... Commented Sep 22, 2016 at 9:43

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