Baby Food : Stage One FRUIT Recipes

October 4, 2010

Stage 1 Homemade Baby Food Recipes are age appropriate for those babies who are between 4 months and 6 months. Many babies start solid foods between 4 months and 6 months so we have included fruits and veggies that your 4 month old beginning eater will be able to tolerate. Of course these recipes are also just yummy for babies who are older as well!

Stage 1 baby foods are thin and runny and are foods that are the lowest on the allergy scale. They are typically those foods that are also more easily digested by a tiny tummy. Some of these foods include, sweet potatoes, butternut or winter squash and carrots.

Please keep in mind that current recommendations advise that babies should start solid foods at 6 months of age.  (wholesomebabyfood.com)

Baby Applesaucemakes 4 1/4 cups or about 48 cubes

4 pounds apples (skins on), washed, cored, and cut into 1-inch pieces
1/3 cup water

- Simmer apples in a large covered saucepan with water until tender, about 10 minutes.
- Transfer mixture to a blender. Working in small batches, blend until smooth. Pass through a fine sieve; for a coarser texture, pass apples through a food mill or pulse in a food processor.
- Fill 1/4-cup plastic containers or ice-cube trays with purée.


Pear Puree
makes 2 1/2 cups or about 28 cubes

3 pounds pears, washed, peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch pieces
1/3 cup water

- Simmer pears in a large covered saucepan with water until tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Drain; reserve cooking liquid. Transfer pears to a blender.
- Working in small batches, blend until smooth. Add reserved liquid if needed. Pass through a fine sieve for a smooth texture, or mash with a fork.
- Fill 1/4-cup plastic containers or ice-cube trays with purée.


Pear Plum Puree
makes 3 cups or about 30 cubes

1 1/2 pounds pears, washed, peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 1/2 pounds ripe plums, pitted and quartered
1/3 cup water

- Simmer pears and plums with water in a large covered saucepan until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain; reserve cooking liquid.
- Transfer fruit to a blender. Working in small batches, blend until smooth. Add up to 1/3 cup boiled and cooled water if needed.
- Pass mixture through a fine sieve for the smoothest texture. Fill 1/4-cup plastic containers or ice cube trays with purée.
- Use same method for other fruit combinations.



Stone Fruit Puree
makes 3 cups or about 30 cubes

2 pounds ripe *plums, pitted and quartered
1/4 cup water, plus more as needed

* Use the same method for peaches, apricots, and other stone fruits.

- Simmer plums with water in a large covered saucepan until tender, about 10 minutes.
- Transfer plums to a blender. Working in small batches, blend until smooth. Add up to 1/3 cup boiled and cooled water if needed.
- Pass mixture through a fine sieve for the smoothest texture.
- Fill 1/4-cup plastic containers or ice-cube trays with purée.

4 comments:

wannabmomma October 04, 2010  

Thanks for the recipes! How long do you think they are good in the freezer for? I'd like to start freezing fruit now, but my girls are about 6 weeks away from starting solids.

em-il-ie October 04, 2010  

See this link for freezer-life of foods.

http://www.freezehappy.com/2008/06/how-foods-freeze.html

amanda October 21, 2010  

For babies, it's a very simple and healthy recipe. Variety of fruits in food can make interest of Babies. Thanks for post this recipe for nurture and nourish babies. It’s a very good source of protein and other minerals. Thanks for introducing this detailed article. Good nutrition (from the very start) plays a huge role in child development.
starting solids babies

Anonymous,  December 20, 2010  

Just a tip for those moms with stored breast milk - I use my pumped BM to add to the veggie to make it creamy for my 6 month old. I love that she continues to get the benefits of BM while eating her solids. However, this does mean that you shouldn't warm the food in the microwave. But I fidn that if I pop an ice cub of sweet pototoes out and put one into a dish (with lid) that it is thawed and room temp by the time she needs it.

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