HOW TO: BABY PURÉES
HOMEMADE BABY PUREE
Why you should think about reducing the store bought purees and start making your own.
I try to make fresh nutritious and tasty food for my baby as often as I can and most days she eats whatever we are eating. However there are times when she prefers more of a smoother texture and I don’t always have the time to blend and prepare.
This is where making purees in advance have been a great help! I bulk cook all ingredients, then mix into pairing flavours and then finally blend and store. Using large silicone ice cube trays are a great way to store in prefect portion sizes. Also reusable pouches are a great alternative for when you’re on the go and don’t want to spend money or use baby food pouches from the supermarket.
Baby Food Pouches
Purée pouches have all the fruit and vegetables you want your baby to have and most importantly they are easy and convenient. But even with the organic more expensive ranges, they aren’t always the best option in terms of nutritious eating.
Like all packaged food they are mass produced and are intended to have a shelf life - which means the ingredients are boiled in a super high temperature to kill off any bad bacteria that could cause it to spoil. But in doing this, the process also kills off any of the nutritional value. The vitamins, protein, fat and fibre in the fruits and vegetable are essentially destroyed in the high temperature cooking and end up creating a high sugar syrup like pulp, yes even in those all vegetable pouches.
So for this main reason I haven’t yet given baby any store bought purees and if I ever do, I will ensure to limit her in take.
Reducing Pureed food
I also try to mix her experience with purée food with food cut into smaller manageable sizes. This is because pureed food doesn’t expose babies to real food textures, colours and individual tastes, which is something important to us when introducing baby to food. I want her to have a healthy, curious relationship with food and that can start from as young as now.
So for those that want to make their own purees at home here are a few recipe examples that have been tried, tested and loved by my baby and hopefully yours will enjoy them too!
Optional : a little Garlic, a little Fennel, a little coriander.
Cut all food into small sizes
Boil the white potatoes and steam or roast all other vegetables adding a little olive oil.
Once all ingredients are soft, place them into flavour combinations then blend each combo with a little water or breast milk. You can also add in the finest pinch of salt for seasoning. Use Himalayan or sea salt.
- White Potato, Spinach/Spring Greens, a little garlic, a little fennel
- Sweet potato, Lentils, tomato
- Red Pepper, Tomato, Lentils, Carrots
- White Potato, Carrot, Coriander, Chickpea
- Broccoli, Spinach, Parsnip
(Use slightly more of the sweeter veg - like parsnip, sweet potato and tomato - to balance out the flavours and make the purees that even more enjoyable! Also experiment with a little herbal seasoning getting your kids used to different tasty flavours.)
Use immediately or store in the fridge for 2-3 days. Alternatively once cooled down you can store in the freezer to be used throughout the week or as when needed.