Pureeing Fruit

March 26, 2009 at 11:50 pm Leave a comment


It’s easy to puree fruit and vegetables for your baby.  The best part about pureeing food for your baby is that a lot can be made at one time and then it is easily frozen and lasts for up to 3 months in the freezer. This blog will be about fruit; I will cover vegetables soon!

Fruit that is soft can be pureed and served raw.  Fruit that is harder or tends to be sour  needs to be cooked (so do all vegetables).  Cooking will sweeten the fruit naturally and will soften the fruit.  See the info at the end to determine what fruit to introduce when as well as what fruit should be cooked.

To cook fruit, peel the fruit and chop it into small pieces (1 inch cubes).  Put 1 inch of water in a saucepan and place a steamer basket in the pot, cover with a lid.  Turn the burner on medium high and steam the fruit until it can be easily pierced with a fork.  Another way is to place the fruit in a saucepan with a small amount of water and cook until it is soft.  Puree the fruit as follows.

Here are the basics of pureeing fresh fruit, using papaya.

Papaya is a fruit that can be pureed raw.  It can be introduced into your baby's diet at 7 months of age.

Papaya is a fruit that can be pureed raw. It can be introduced into your baby's diet at 7 months of age.

Peel the fruit and cut it into 1 inch pieces

Peel and de-seed the fruit and cut it into 1 inch pieces

I love my mini processor!  Does the job quick & is easy to clean!

I love my mini processor! Does the job quick & is easy to clean!

Nice and smooth!

Nice and smooth!

Portion the puree into ice cube trays.  BPH-free ones are available.  Cover with plastic wrap for freezing.

Portion the puree into ice cube trays. BPH-free ones are available. Cover with plastic wrap for freezing.

Pureed fruit can be stored in the freezer for 3 months.  You may want to mark the bags with the date.

Pureed fruit can be stored in the freezer for 3 months. You may want to mark the bags with the date.

Mango and Papaya cubes.  Yum!

Mango and Papaya cubes. Yum!

To store your puree, place it in ice cube trays and cover with plastic wrap to freeze.  Once it is frozen, pop it out of the trays and place in marked baggies to keep it fresh for up to 3 months.  There are BPH-free trays that you can purchase that also come with lids.

To serve your puree you can bring it out at night & put it in a covered container in the fridge.  It should be thawed by morning.  For a quicker thaw you can put it in a saucepan with a little water on the stove or in the microwave.

Fruit for your Baby

6 & 7 months: At this age you can introduce avocado or banana both are easily mashed with a fork.  Apples, pears and prunes should be peeled and cooked.   Papaya, peaches, & nectarines can be pureed from raw.  Dried apricots should be soaked in hot water and then cooked and finally pureed.  Fresh apricots should also be cooked.

8 months: At this age some food should be cooked, but some food can now be served in small non-chokable pieces for your child to try.   Blueberries should be steamed initially, as should cherries and cranberries.  Cantaloupe, mango and kiwi can be served raw.  Grapes can be steamed, but at this age you can cut them in small pieces for baby to try.  Blueberries and cut up grapes are great started finger foods; just watch your baby closely.

Tomatoes (technically a fruit), should not be introduced until 10 or 11 months as it is an allergenic food.

Citrus fruit; oranges, lemons and limes should not be introduced until one year of age.  Strawberries and other berries should also not be introduced until one year of age.  These foods are highly allergenic, so wait until your child’s digestive system is further developed before introducing them at a year of age.

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