A simple guide on how to puree fruits and vegetables for your little one
Feeding your child has never been easier! Wondering how? Just know how to make his food tasty, easy-to-digest and healthy, all at the same time. And what’s a better way to do so than by offering your little one delicious, nutrient-rich pureed fruits and vegetables, which they cannot say ‘no’ to?
Cooked fruits and vegetables
There are some fruits and vegetables that should be pureed only after they are cooked. The preparation and cooking times vary according to the kind of fruits and vegetables being prepared.
- Fruits that should be cooked before giving to babies include apples, apricots, dates, peaches, pears, plums, rhubarb, and nectarines.
- Vegetables that should be cooked before giving to babies include beans, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, peas, squash, potato, sweet potato, parsnip, turnip, pumpkin, spinach, zucchini, and mushrooms.
How to puree vegetables
- Wash and peel vegetables and then cut them into small pieces.
- Place them in a saucepan and add water (enough quantity that can cover them).
- Bring to a boil on high flame and simmer until they are soft.
- Drain water and keep it aside for use in some other food preparation.
- For young babies, blend veggies in a blender or mash them through a sieve. You can use the leftover water to adjust consistency.
- For older babies, mash the veggies with the help of a fork and adjust the consistency with leftover water.
- You can also deep freeze this puree and use it later.
- You can also pour the puree into ice trays and freeze and keep giving to the child as and when required.
- While deep freezing, just discard any unbeaten portion as it is not good for freezing.
How to make fruit puree
You can prepare the puree of various fruits including apples, apricots, dates, peaches, pears, plums, rhubarb, and nectarines. The rest of the process is the same as we did for vegetables.
How to make fruit puree without cooking
There are some fruits that can be pureed without cooking, like avocados, banana, melon, mangoes, strawberries, tomatoes, blueberries, and raspberries.
- First, wash them properly and peel them. Remove all the seeds.
- For young babies, blend with the help of a blender or pass through a sieve.
- For older babies, simply mash the fruit with the help of a fork. You can also add some boiled and cooled water for a smoother consistency.