Homemade Baby Food: Fruit
Homemade baby food is simple and fun to make! Today I’ll go over a few basics of making fruit purees for your little one.
Fruit! What little tot doesn’t love fruit? Like I did with vegetables, I’ll cover a few simple fruits to prepare for your baby. More info can be found in books or online resources. Ask me if you’re having a hard time finding information!
1. If using a food mill, cut apples into quarters and throw into a saucepan. If using a blender or food processor, peel and core apple before slicing into quarters and putting in saucepan. Add a very small amount of water (1/4 cup or so) and cook on medium-low heat until softened.
2. Using a food mill or blender/food processor, create a smooth puree with apples.
Peel, puree. Easy peasy. Oh don’t forget to remove that mango pit before pureeing!
I opted for a fresh (raw) take on plums. You could easily prepare them in the same way as apples, but all I did for plums was to quarter them, take out the pit and puree them in the blender. I then pushed them through a fine mesh strainer to remove the pieces of peeling.
I peeled my peaches, removed the pit and pureed them. That’s it! So simple.
Okay — I realize that’s the shortest tutorial ever, but these are the only fruits I’ve introduced so far to N. Nectarines and pears can be prepared similarly to peaches and plums. Avocado…is a fruit…right? Just mash it and you’re good to go! Many people use avocado as a first food.
Citrus fruits should wait until baby is 12 months old due to the possibility of upset stomachs. Strawberries should typically also wait until 12 months because they are a common allergen.
What fruit did you introduce first to your baby? Or what is your plan?
Disclaimer: I am not a pediatrician nor a dietitian. Check with your doctor before introducing solids and definitely use this only as a rough guideline. Always trust your gut and do your research.