Apples are one of the first fruits we gave our son when we started him on purees. The first time they taste something this sweet, their faces just light up! We chose to start with green veggies first, then moved to sweeter veggies like carrots and sweet potatoes before introducing fruit. We tended to give our son fruit for breakfast, then a fruit and veggie cube at lunch along with breast milk.
For around $50 (or less if you already have these items) you can get the tools needed to make purees. As an added benefit, these are just great kitchen items items to keep on hand. You don’t need to spend $200 on a baby food maker that you will use for six months, then serve as a dust collector. Here is what you need:
- Metal steaming basket that fits multiple sizes of pans ($5-$10)
- Hand Immersion Blender ($20-$50)
- Silicone ice cube trays ($5 for 2 pack)
The hand immersion blender is fabulous if you don’t already have one! Great to make smoothies, salad dressings, puree soups, chopping veggies and herbs, etc. We still use the silicone ice cube trays when we make pesto every summer. That way we can pull out a few cubes at a time and enjoy our fresh pesto all year long.
These yummy apples take around 15 minutes to steam on the stovetop. Just peel and rough chop any crisp variety of apples, steam, and puree.
I stayed away from Granny Smith thinking they would be too tart, and Red Delicious because they would be too mushy. I could be totally wrong, but opted for whatever bag of organic apples happened to be on sale. For this pic, I used Fiji apples and my 4 year old gobbled it all up. I added cinnamon to this recipe since I knew he would be eating it, but you may choose not to introduce spices until you’ve tested all foods separately. One of my son’s favorite purees was a blend of sweet potato, apple, onion and chicken. We also blended steamed spinach or kale into his apples to hide the bitter taste of those greens.
Bon apetite little ones!
- 4-6 apples
- 1/2 cup water
- Optional: 1/2 t cinnamon
- 1. Peel and rough chop apples and place in steaming basket.
- 2. Add 1/2 cup of water to pan and cover.
- 3. Turn stove on medium heat and let steam for 10-15 minutes. Apples should be soft, but not mushy.
- 4. Spoon apples into bowl to puree with hand immersion blender. Add a few tablespoons of the water from the steamer if you need to thin the puree. Add cinnamon at this time.
- 5. Once smooth, fill baby food trays with puree and tap on the counter to level each cube. Place in freezer until solid, then transfer to a marked Ziplock.