Homemade Baby Food: Pear Cinnamon Puree
When Beau went in for his 4 month check-up, the doctor told me it was time to start introducing table foods. She suggested I start with the meats, like chicken. When I got home, I decided that I was never going to feed him potted meat because it’s not something I would eat. I made chicken puree for him, and he didn’t like it. It actually smelled really good, just like chicken noodle soup, but apparently the texture of meat is a big deal for babies.
So I moved on to other purees. I never made purees for Harry, but I also didn’t realize how simple it is. Not only is it easy, it’s also a much more natural and fresh version of jarred baby food. And it ends up being cheaper.
Beau’s doctor also said to only introduce one new thing at a time. So this blend with the cinnamon would be ideal after baby has already tried pears with nothing added. This just helps because if baby ends up being allergic to something, it will be easy to pinpoint. Since Beau is 11 months now, I like giving him things that are a little more interesting.
If your baby is younger, you may want to add more water and puree it longer. If your baby has teeth and is eating more solid foods, you could puree it a little less.
I have done this without my bamboo steamer, but I love my bamboo steamer, so I’m trying to use it as much as I can.
Total Time: 3 hours; Hands-On Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty Level: Easy
Makes 12 standard sized cubes
3 fresh pears
- Peel, core, and dice the pears.
- Line your bamboo steamer with either a sheet of parchment or with the pre-cut parchment liners. You will only need to use one tier if you’re only making 3 pears.
- Fill a medium sized pot (about the size you’d use for rice) with water. Fit the pot with the steamer ring and the steamer.
- Steam the pears for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the pears are tender.
- Add the pears, about ¼ cup of the steaming water, and ½ to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to a food processor.
- Puree until the cinnamon pears are smooth.
- Fill the ice cube tray with the cinnamon pears, and freeze until solid. Remove from the tray, and store them in a freezer bag. They should keep in the freezer for several months.