Friday, June 30, 2017

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

When introducing fresh fruit into your baby's diet, peaches are a great choice for a first fruit. They're high in beta-carotene and potassium, and their mild, sweet flavor is wildly appealing.

I'm seeing evidence all over the internet that the early peach season has begun here in the Lehigh Valley. (See here and here and here.) I can't pop over to the farmers' market to pick some up yet (boo)... But Stephen's offered to bring some to me in the hospital so I don't miss out (yay!).

The buzz about peaches reminded me of the peach-related posts I've been waiting to share with you. (Because, you know, it didn't make sense to share them when fresh peaches weren't in season.) Now that I have some extra time on my hands, I'm determined to share them with you once and for all.

First up? My method for making (and freezing) fresh peach puree for homemade baby food!

Start with fresh peaches and wash them well. If you want the purée to have a smooth texture, then go ahead and peel the peaches. (You can skip this step if your baby doesn't shy away from foods with a bit of texture.)

Once you've peeled your peaches, remove the pits and chop the fruit into large chunks. Place the peaches in a blender and purée the fruit until it reaches your desired consistency.

And. That's. It.

You can store the peach purée in the refrigerator for up to three days or follow the method below for freezing.

Peach Purée
Printable Recipe

This recipe gives the measurements I use when making purée to freeze. Adjust the amounts accordingly based on your needs.

  • 2 1/2 pounds freestone peaches

  1. Peel the peaches and remove the pits.
  2. Roughly chop the peaches into large chunks.
  3. Working in batches, if necessary, purée the peaches in a blender until the fruit has achieved your desired consistency.
  4. Store the purée in the refrigerator for up to three days or follow the method below to freeze for later.
To freeze:

Pour the peach 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 peach purée in the freezer for up to three months.

How To: Use Peach Purée

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

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