Thursday, August 17, 2017

How To: Make and Freeze Homemade Baby Food {Pear Purée}

When introducing fresh fruit into your baby's diet, pears are a great choice for a first fruit. They're rich in fiber and vitamin C, and their sweet flavor is especially pleasing to the young palate.

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I'm a firmer believer in to-do lists. Without them, I'm not sure I'd remember half the things I need to do... especially now that mommy brain has set in. These days, though, most of the items on my to-do list have to do with either the household or the kids. I can't remember the last time I made a personal to-do -- like blogging -- a priority.

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I create a shorter list from the main one every single day. This list helps me focus on what needs to get done immediately and helps me push the other stuff out of the way. But creating a list doesn't mean I cross everything off of it by the time I go to sleep at night. In fact, many of the items roll over to the next day because I don't have the energy or mental capacity to tackle them all.

Take this blog post about homemade baby food, for example. I've been rolling this to-do over to the next day for more than a week!

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Accepting that this is my new normal right now is frustrating. I prefer to accomplish tasks quickly and to be more productive.... Some days, it kills me knowing that the only thing I managed to do was fold the three loads of laundry I ran two days ago. (Putting away those clothes will take another two days.)

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With all this and my impending return to work in a few weeks, I'm sure you're wondering where blogging fits in. Thus far, my best efforts have only managed to produce weekly menu plans... and I only publish those out of a sense of obligation.

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But I want so much more for this blog. I want to create a new logo and redesign the layout. (Actually, I've wanted to do that for years.) I want to power through the backlog of unpublished posts and to create brand new content... New content that's shared within weeks rather than months. I want to strike a better balance between the posts about food and the ones about my life as a mom. I want this blog to be more about bringing me joy than about reminding me that I haven't figured out how to do it all yet.

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Well... Taste As You Go turns nine (!) on Saturday... Maybe I'll figure it out next year. ;-)

Pear Purée
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes | Cook Time: 10-15 minutes | Total Time: 20-30 minutes | Printable Recipe

INGREDIENTS
  • 5 pounds Bartlett pears, washed
  • Water

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Peel and core the pears.
  2. Chop the pears into large pieces and place the fruit in a large Dutch oven.
  3. Fill the Dutch oven with enough water to just cover the pears.
  4. Bring the water to a boil over high heat, and then lower the heat to medium.
  5. Cover the Dutch oven and simmer the pears for 10-15 minutes or until the fruit is tender.
  6. Drain the pears.
  7. Working in batches if necessary, place the pears into the bowl of a food processor and puree until smooth.
To freeze:

Pour the pear purée into clean ice cube trays. Wrap the trays in plastic wrap and place in the freezer to set overnight. Pop the cubes out of the trays and transfer them to freezer bags labeled with the date and the contents. You can keep the pear purée in the freezer for up to three months.

How To: Use Pear Purée

What if you make and/or freeze a batch of pear purée and your baby decides he/she doesn't like it anymore? If you're left with a whole lot of pear purée in your freezer, here are some ways to use it up:
Need more homemade baby food recipes? Try these:


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