We are getting into Fall Season now, my favorite! So what better puree to make than apple puree? Apples are such a delicious first solid food to feed to your little one because they’re sweet and so versatile with a lot of other fruits and veggies and even meats!
HOW TO MAKE APPLE PUREE
What Kind of Apples Should You Use to Make Apple Puree for Your Baby?
Fall season is the perfect season to pick up apples at your local food market because of how inexpensive and plentiful they are. Look for firm apples that don’t have blemishes, holes, or bruises. Apples that give when you poke them will be unappetizing and mushy. You want juicy, crisp, flavorful apples that are sweet in flavor. Try to choose Gala, Fuji, or other sweet apples. Stay clear of sour/tart varieties of apples such as Granny Smith.
When buying apples, or any produce for your baby, I always recommend buying organic if it’s available. According to the EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency), “Children’s internal organs are still developing and maturing and their enzymatic, metabolic, and immune systems may provide less natural protection than those of an adult. There are ‘critical periods’ in human development when exposure to a toxin can permanently alter the way an individual’s biological system operates. Children may be exposed to more certain pesticides because often they eat different foods than adults.” Organic foods are a smart choice for your little one because it protects their health from future illness and disease.
Apples unfortunately are part of the “dirty dozen”, which are foods with the highest pesticide residue. Buying organic helps to avoiding the exposure of pesticides.
Wash and Peel the Apples
I always wash the apples first and then peel them after washing. This is because I don’t want to push any dirt, pesticides (non organic) or other unwanted contaminants that can be living on the outside of the apple with the peeler tool. After I peel them I do give them a quick little rinse too.
Apples should be peeled for babies that are younger than 8 months. Peeling the apples ensures that your baby’s stomach does not get upset because it is harder for younger babies to digest the peelings.
How to Cook the Apples
I love making this apple puree recipe because it doubles as puree for my baby as well as applesauce for mommy and daddy;) I love steaming the apples, but you can also always bake/roast the apples as well. Try avoiding boiling the apples because this can reduce the amount of nutrients that the apples normally provide.
Steam the Apples
Chop the apples up into once inch cubes; making sure to remove the core and seeds.
Next steam the apples by filling up a pot with about one inch water and placing the steamer basket filled with the apples on top. Steam on the stove for about 20 minutes (or until tender) on med/low. Make sure that the water does not reach the bottom of the steamer basket or you will end up boiling it instead of steaming it!
Other options to consider are steaming your apples in a microwave or pressure cooker.
Blend the Apples
Using my Blendtec (always blends my baby purees perfectly), I blend the apples until they’re a silky smooth puree. When your baby first starts on solids, you want to blend their food to being silky smooth because they are not ready to handle textures quite yet. Once your baby starts to grow you can leave the puree a little chunkier and chunkier as they age. These steamed apples usually soak up the water when they’re steamed, so I do not usually add water to my blender when blending them to a smooth consistency.
I love adding cinnamon to my baby’s apple puree. Cinnamon is so healthy for both babies and adults! Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, can help fight bacterial and fungal infections, lowers blood sugar levels, may cut the risk of heart disease, and may even protect against certain cancers.
Freeze the Apples
When you make your baby purees; I always recommend making it in a large batch so you can easily heat up the frozen batches on another day. I love using these silicone trays because they are easy to remove the purees from and they freeze in small honeycomb shapes, which are much easier to defrost than the large square cubes that other companies offer and take longer to defrost.
Once the puree is frozen in the silicone trays, pop out the honeycomb ice cubes and store them in an airtight container or ziplock freezer bag in the freezer.
Reheat the Apples
If frozen, warm the frozen apple puree in a microwaveable safe dish (I like to use the OXO Tot baby block glass container for heating up my baby’s food) in the microwave for 30 seconds (pausing half way to stir). At the moment I like to use 8 honeycomb cubes for my baby (about as much as she eats at the moment per feeding). Make sure the apple puree are not too warm/hot before feeding your baby! You can also reheat over the stove as well.
You can also combine other whole foods in your baby’s puree that you have previously frozen, for optimal flavor and nutrients. The following list is a general guide, so feel free to be adventurous and combine and build your own meals for your little one:)
Apple Flavor Compatibility Guide
|Beets||Honeydew Melon||Kidney Beans||Chard|
|Garbanzo Beans||Cannellini Beans||Green Beans||Lentils|
|Northern Beans||Cauliflower||Pinto Beans||Plums/Prunes|
|Raspberries||Summer Squash||Split Peas||Whole Grains|
|Winter Squash||Sweet Peas||Cereal|
If you have read my post on the importance of probiotics for your child (linked here); you can sprinkle a little probiotics on top of your homemade baby food for added nutritious value.
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xoxo – Sage
Homemade Baby Apple Puree is so easy to make and tastes so much better than store bought varieties!
- Dozen apples (I used organic Gala apples)
- optional: dash of cinnamon
- Wash and peel the apples
- Chop the apples up into one inch cubes. Make sure to discard the core and seeds
- Steam the apples on the stove for 20 minutes (or until tender) on med/low
- Add the apples to a blender and blend and cinnamon (optional)
- Freeze excess apples puree in the freezer (I like to freeze my purees in these silicone trays)
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