Fruits and vegetables that require cooking
Suitable fruit – apples, apricots, dates, peaches, pears, plums, rhubarb (leaves completely removed), nectarines
Suitable vegetables – beans, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, peas, squash, potato, parsnip, sweet potato, turnip, pumpkin, spinach, zucchini, mushrooms
Preparation and Cooking times will vary according to the fruit or vegetable being prepared and cooked
- Wash, peel (if necessary) and chop fruits or vegetables.
- Place in a small saucepan; pour over enough water to cover; bring to the boil, simmer until tender.
- Drain, reserving some of the cooking liquid. For younger babies, push fruit or vegetables through a sieve or blend in a blender until smooth, adding some of the reserved cooking liquid until the required consistency is reached. For older babies, simply mash with a fork, adding some of the reserved cooking liquid for a smoother consistency if required.
- Puree can now be frozen for use at a later date.
- For convenient quantities, place puree into ice cube trays and freeze. Each cube is equal to about 1 tablespoonful, which is just right for babies starting out.
NOTE: when using a frozen puree, ensure any uneaten portion is discarded. It is not suitable for refrigeration or freezing.
Fruits that don’t require cooking
Suitable fruits – avocados, bananas, melons, figs, mangos, pawpaw, strawberries, tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries
- Wash, peel (if necessary) and chop fruit, removing any seeds where needed.
- For younger babies, push fruits though a sieve or blend in a blender until smooth, adding some cooled boiled water, until the required consistency is reached. For older babies, simply mash with a fork, adding some cooled boiled water for a smoother consistency, if required.
- Not all uncooked fruits are not suitable for freezing, but can be refrigerated for up to 1 day.