Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Making Baby Food: Golden Pear Purée

Last night I took a stroll at a local supermarket and bumped into the rack where the supermarket sells jars of instant organic baby food. I was so tempted to get one jar of Pear Purée (suitable for babies aged 4 months old ++) for baby Naomi, but then I remembered the advice from the clinic's health assistant who is in charge for Naomi's monthly health check. She said if I were to prepare fruit purée for my baby, it's best to make one at home instead of buying the instant ones because instant baby food in the market generally contains preservatives and other chemicals. She mentioned that I can use banana, (steamed) apple or pear as fruit choices for baby food.

In the end, I decided to put the instant baby food back to its rack and went to the perishables' department where I bought one golden pear home.

I made pear purée at home earlier today and fed it to Naomi. She loved it and angrily screamed when her bowl was empty. She wanted for more but I gave her no more. Pear purée is so sweet and delicious that is hard for any baby to resist (I tasted it and I actually liked it too). Pear is high in fiber, potassium, vitamin C and gentle on tummy too. To find out more about the pear benefits as baby food, read here.

Here's how I prepared the pear purée for my baby today:

Making home-made pear purée for the first time.

(Golden) Pear Purée

Ingredients:

A slice of pear
1-2 cup of water to steam

Methods:

  1. Peel the pear.
  2. Dice or cut the pear into small chunks and make sure that the pear's core and seeds are already taken out.
  3. Steam the pear chunks for 15-20 minutes until soft and tender. I tried to double boil the pear but it didn't work. Steaming is the best and fastest way to do this.
  4. Mash the steamed pear chunks in a baby bowl or grinder bowl with a spoon or fork. If the pear is hard to mash with a fork than it probably needs more time in the steamer. A well-cooked/steamed pear is so easy to mash with fork/spoon.
  5. Feed the steamed and mashed pear to baby when it's not too hot.

Can you tell how much she loves eating fruits?

Making pear purée for baby takes longer time to prepare than making mashed banana. Therefore, make sure  you start making this food about half an hour before your baby's meal time otherwise, he/she won't have enough patience to wait you finish steaming the pear.

** If your baby is below 6 months old of age, please check with your paediatrician before starting solids on him/her.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this recipe! I think pears are wonderful and healthy fruit and I was looking for a good recipe with them for babies. Thanks again :).

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