If it is time to start weaning your baby onto solid foods, you might want to have some good baby puree ideas to refer to. Ditch store-bought puree jars and make your own baby purees at home. You can make a large batch in one go and freeze smaller portions to use throughout the week. We have gathered the best baby puree ideas to make and freeze, to ensure your baby is given fresh, healthy food, and that you don’t spend too much time in the kitchen!
Sweet Potato And Pear Puree
Sweet potato and pear on their own are great to puree up for your baby, but together they create a tasty puree meal that is deliciously sweet, and full of good nutrients!
Cook the sweet potato up in the microwave, or on the stove. Do the same with the pear, poaching it until soft. Once both are ready, puree them together and allow to cool.
Blueberry, Banana And Pear Puree
Your baby will absolutely love the fruity flavour of this puree. The blueberries add a tart taste to the puree, and the pear and banana balance out the taste a little more. The pear and banana add good substance to the puree.
Cook the pear until it is soft, and once ready, puree it along with the blueberries and bananas. You do not have to over-blend the puree as all three ingredients are fairly soft, and it is good to have some texture.
Butternut Squash, Carrot And Thyme
This puree contains two delicious vegetables and a fresh herby flavour, helping your baby become used to different flavours. Cook the butternut and the carrot well before popping them into a blender with the thyme.
The fresh vegetable flavours and the subtle hint of thyme is perfect for the colder months!
Zucchini And Cauliflower Puree
Zucchini and cauliflower puree is great to make if you are wanting to get your baby used to textures from early. The zucchini and cauliflower mix should be mashed instead of pureed, so it still keeps a soft and safe chunky texture for your baby to explore.
Make sure to cook the zucchini and the cauliflower well so that they are soft enough to be mashed by hand. You want them to have some texture, but not to have any hard pieces which could cause a choking hazard.
Should You Add Salt To Baby Purees?
As tempted as you might be to add some extra flavour to your baby’s puree, you should not add in any salt. No matter how bland the puree tastes to you! Remember that your baby has only had breastmilk or formula up until now, and the purees will be a world of new flavours. What seems bland to us is brand new to them.
Do not add any salt to your baby’s puree. Babies and children only need a small amount of salt in their diets. This salt requirement is usually met through formula or breastmilk anyways. Additional salt could be harmful to their kidneys, which might not be able to process the excess salt.
Make, Freeze, and Feed!
Make a big batch of one of the above purees, or a few, and place them into freezer containers. Portion them out for single meals. Leave the individual portions to thaw in the fridge overnight, or in warm water. Warm them up to serve to your baby.
You will always have puree portions ready if you take the time to make and freeze ahead. Put aside one day a week and get pureeing!