Happy Wednesday! Popping in to share a quick and easy baby food recipe.
Ever since Adeline started eating solids at 6 months, she’s always loved purees. We weren’t a BLW family, so purees have been our best friend. Now, at 10.5 months, and still rocking zero teeth, purees are a great way to make sure she gets a full belly. She’s eating lots of table food now, and loves to feed herself, but sometimes a quick puree is just what she needs to top her off. Don’t judge, every baby is different! Even though we let her feed herself and eat bites of what we eat, most of it ends up on the floor or in her lap, go figure, hence why purees are still happening! Pretty soon though we’ll be quitting purees for good, but for now, she’s still eating usually one a day, sometimes two plus table food. And again, she still doesn’t have any teeth, so if she had a mouth full of chompers I’d probably be feeding her strictly table food.
About a month ago, (maybe two – oops!) I made a batch of pureed pears to freeze and stash away for when we needed them in a pinch. I’ve also made pureed sweet potatoes and apples for the freezer, but pears are always a favorite of Adeline’s so I knew they’d make a good addition to our stockpile. Pears are usually a pretty good mix-in too, meaning they tend to blend well with other purees, kind of like a neutral flavor.
Pureeing pears is quite possibly the easiest thing in the world. Seriously, this was so easy, and fast! All you need is a handful of ripe pears, a dash of cinnamon, a food processor, a potato masher, and some ice cube trays.
First, I skinned the pears, then cut the cores and seeds out. Then I put them in a bowl and mashed them until mostly soft with a potato masher.
Next, I added a tiny bit of cinnamon (or whatever you want, or nothing at all). Then in the food processor, I gradually added the mashed pears, and processed until perfectly pureed. If for some reason your pears aren’t as watery as mine, you can add a few teaspoons of water until your puree is at the consistency that you prefer.
Finally, I poured them evenly into ice cube trays, and froze. 5 pears made 12 cubes.
Once frozen, I popped them out and threw them in a gallon size freezer bag along with our other puree cubes. Done. Wham bam thank ya ma’am.
Making even the smallest batch of baby food ahead of time has really saved us time, and money in the long run, and it’s totally worth every second of prep.
Next time I sit down to make a batch of baby food, I’ll definitely be making some fun combinations. Especially some batches of veggies! It’s nice to know exactly what’s going into your baby food. You can buy organic this and that all day long, but making it yourself ensures you know every single ingredient. Lord willing we get some teeth around here soon though and then we can move on from purees fooorreeevveerr.
What are some fun baby food combinations? What have you made? Would you make your own baby food?