Baby Food Delicassies

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How to Make a Baby Food Purée

Adopted from http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/

1. Start by cooking the fruit or vegetable either by steaming, baking, microwaving or boiling.
2. Take the cooked vegetable or fruit and put them into a blender or food processor for pureeing.

3. Add a liquid to make the puree such as water, formula, or breast milk. (Pureeing without adding any liquids is also a good idea. Many parents prefer to thin their foods before they will serve them to their babies.)

4. Set your machine to puree or grind and begin to mash the vegetables or fruits.

NOTE:  When pureeing, be cautious not to over stuff with cooked fruit or vegetable. Fill the containers less than half way and add a small amount of liquid to begin with.


Apricot Puree (using dried un-sulphured apricots)
6-8months+
Vitamins: A, C, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Calcium

1. 1 pound dried apricots + a sweeter fruit such as peaches or bananas (to offset the bitterness)
2. Bring liquid and fruit to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes.
3. Reserve any left over liquid to use for the puree
4. Place into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing.
5. Add the reserved liquid as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin puree or until desired.

 

Avocado
(4)6 months+
Vitamins: A, C, Niacin, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron, Magnesium, Calcium

1. Peel and take out the pit of a ripe avocado – do not cook
2. Cut “meat” out and mash with a fork
3. There should be no need to use a machine as just like bananas, avocados have a very soft consistency and texture. Avocados do not need to be cooked.

 

Bananas
(4)6 months+
Vitamins: A, C, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Selenium, Magnesium, Calcium

1. Peel ripe bananas – do not cook
2. Place banana in a food processor/food mill or blender and puree
3. You can also mash the banana in a bowl using a regular fork – heat in microwave for 25 seconds prior to mashing for extra softness
4. Add formula/breast milk or water to thin.

Mango
6-8months+
Vitamins: A (1262 IU in one cup.), C, E, K, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Calcium, Sodium

1 Ripe Mango
1. Peel, de- seed and chunk the mango
2. Place mango chunks in a blender or food processor
3. Add Formula, Breast Milk, or Water and blend or mash until the proper consistency for your Infant is achieved.

 

 

 

 

 

Garden Vegetable Combo
6-8months+ after all vegetables have been introduced separately

Green Beans, Summer Squash, Peas and Carrots

1. Combine fresh or frozen green beans and peas, summer and/or zucchini squash and small pieces of chopped carrots.
2. Add enough water to just cover the vegetables.
3. Cook until tender, reserving water.
4. Puree vegetables in blender or food processor,
5. Adding reserved water from the vegetables until mixture is of the desired consistency.

Peas
6-8months+
Vitamins: A (4533 IU), C, Niacin, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Sodium, Selenium, Phosphorous, Iron, Magnesium, Calcium, Zinc

1. Place fresh peas into a steamer basket in a pan with a just enough water to slightly show through in the basket. If using frozen, cook according to package directions.
3. Steam until very tender; be sure to check on the water level.
4. Reserve any left over water to use for thinning out the peas.
5. Place into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing.
6. Add the reserved water as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin consistency
7. You may wish to push the peas through a sieve or mesh strainer to get rid of any remaining skins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yams/Sweet Potato
(4)6 months+
Vitamins: A, C, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Sodium, Selenium, Phosphorous, Magnesium, Calcium

1. Wash and poke holes in sweet potato with fork then wrap sweet potatoes in tin foil – do not peel for baking.
2. Place in a 400 degree oven and bake for 30 minutes or until soft
4. Peel sweet potatoes and cut into small chunks
5. Place chunks into a pan with just enough water to slightly cover potato
6. “Steam” boil until tender, be sure to check on the water level.
7. Reserve any left over water to use for thinning out the sweet potatoes
8. If you have baked your sweet potato, remove skins and use liquid from your preferred source
9. Place sweet potato into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing.
10. Add the reserved water or other liquid as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin consistency

Carrots
6-8months+
Vitamins: A, C, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Sodium, Phosphorous, Iron, Magnesium, Calcium

1. Peel carrots and cut into small chunks
2. Place chunks into a steamer pan with just enough water visible through the steamer basket
3. Steam until tender
4. Place into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing.
5. Add water as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin consistency

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Comments

  1. I’m bananas about this post! 🙂

    Sweet potatoes are an amazing super-food. I blog about a baking technique that is even easier (if that can be possible) than the one you outline above. When you bake them at a high temp w/o poking holes, the skin literally separates from the yam and it peels away beautifully, yielding 100% of the meat. Less messy and less effort.

    Try it! http://citybaby.posterous.com/little-sweet-potato :: lots of simple recipes for making tasty baby food on my blog. If I can make baby food, anyone can. 🙂

  2. Nice! Too bad my boys aren’t babies anymore or I would sooo be making this stuff! I used to like making my own baby food, it was fun!

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