Thursday, March 31, 2011

How to Make Baby Food - Plums

Plums are a great fruit to introduce early on to your little one. They're extremely nutritious, and I like them because of the thin consistancy they make when pureed - making it easy for babies to eat without choking.

There are a few ways you can make plums for your baby. You can bake them in the oven, or you can boil them in water. I chose the boiling method.

To start, scrub the fruit clean. You should do this with any fruit or vegetable you serve to your baby..or yourself!


Next, carve an "X" in the bottom of the fruit. This will help it to "stand" while in the pot of boiling water.



Add the plums to a small pot. (I apologize for having two very different colored ones. I told my husband to pick up at least one ripe one, but then forgot how little puree one plum makes, so I had to cook both of them!). You want the water to go almost to the top, but not cover them completely, otherwise they will float.




Bring the water to a boil, and boil the plums until you can easily stick a fork in them. You will need to turn them over at some point so that the tops cook as well. Don't worry if they start to peel..this will be helpful after you're done boiling!

When the plums are soft, drop them into cold water. This helps with the peeling process, and I usually peel them in the water, or under the faucet in cold water.



Once they are peeled, cut them into chunks, and throw away the seed in the middle.


Add them to the blender of your choice and blend until smooth. The fruit already has enough water in it, so you do not need to add any.


Be careful because the few times I've done this, I have noticed some chunks left in the mix, no matter how much I blend them. I usually just take those out, and there's enough smooth liquid left over.

Poor into the container of your choice and refrigerate or freeze!

Do note, that one plum does not make very much..maybe just a tablespoon or two, so making a few at a time is a good idea.

Enjoy!

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for this! I just bought some plums this week and was wondering how to do this.

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  2. Perfect! Having a visual helps even more
    Thanks for this! Now to go make some baby food :)

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  3. Thank you! I'll be making some plum baby food tonight!

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