Simple Fruit Puree
An easy and very popular first food for baby are pears or apples. From this basic recipe a million different combinations are born.
Start with 4 medium pears quartered, then peeled and cored. Bring 1 inch of water to boil in a pot, place pears in steamer over (but not touching) water, cover and steam for about 7 minutes. They should be fork tender. Really ripe pears don't actually need to be steamed if your baby has already tried them.
Alternatively you can take the peeled, cored pears and cut them into chunks. Place them in a saucepan or small pot, cover and cook on low for 3 or 4 minutes.
Puree or mash for your little. As baby gets more comfortable with eating solids you can easily thicken this puree with rice cereal.
Start with 4 medium apples, peeled and cored. Cut them into 2 inch chunks and steam as directed above.
Alternatively you can take those apple chunks and cook them in a saucepan or small pot. Simply add 1 tablespoon of water (or unsweetened apple juice) and cook on low 6 or 7 minutes until fork tender.
Puree or mash for your little Peanut.
You can refrigerate these for about 3 days or freeze them for up to 3 months. Although I often freeze my blends in jars, I like to freeze these basic purees in ice cube trays. This makes it easy for me to add the purees to all kinds of other foods. You can blend apple and pear together, sweeten some rice cereal, mix with vegetables or meats and add them to your commercial foods.