Make Ahead Baby Purées

Using the freshest ingredients from your grocer or local farmer’s market, parents can make ahead baby purées for their little ones with minimal effort either the night before, a few days, or even months in advance by storing in a freezer.
With the recent headlines about our most precious babies eating unsafe store bought foods with particles and particulates that are dangerous for them, I wanted to share this post for parents.

I’ve been making my children’s baby food for years now and it’s been not only a huge cost savings but you know what’s in their food.
This book is a great read and guide for feeding!
I’ve used it along with a few others to know when and what to feed and also what to avoid.

Also check out this site with downloadable content
For my purées, I use containers that are BPA Free such as these to house the purée until feeding time.

Using only a few fruits and vegetables, it’s easy to find great combinations your baby will love.

Fresh Apples
Sweet Potatoes (Steamed)
Carrots (Steamed)
Start by steaming the sweet potato and carrots for about 40-45 mins.

Next boil the apples into a saucier texture before pureeing.
Slice the apples in quarters.
You can either remove the seeds now and pit at this point or later after it’s cooked and cooled.
You can either remove the seeds now and pit at this point or later after it’s cooked and cooled.
In a large pot add the Apple quarters.
Add just enough water to cover.
Bring to a boil.
Cover, reduce heat, and cook for 25 mins.
Carefully drain the apples, reserving all of the water.
The Apple water can be used in place of purified when pureeing as a natural sweetener.

Combine your sweet potato and carrots with some of the Apple mix, and Apple water for a delightful flavor for baby.
Mix the ingredients, it shouldn’t need anything longer than a few seconds.
Refrigerate a few and freeze the rest.
Purées are safe for about 2-3 days in the fridge and can be frozen for up to 4 months.
Don’t underestimate the convenience and freshness of frozen vegetables and fruits.

You won’t need to make it ahead of time unless you’re gearing up for the week. For most you can even steam in the bag and microwave for minutes then purée while still warm.

Try other purée combinations of your own creation like peanut butter and banana, avocado and pineapple, apple, blueberry and spinach, beef and carrot, chicken and mixed vegetables, even fish like tilapia or cod of course with respect to their age and pediatrician recommendations on food introductions.

Its easy and the best part it’s super delicious and healthy for baby!

Copyright 2021. All rights reserved. Original Photography, Writing, Recipe Content, and Post by Andrea Danielle Pistella.

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