Baby purees - general cooking principles
Baby puree is one of the first courses that kids try, so its preparation must be approached with the utmost responsibility. All mashed potatoes for babies can be divided into several types: fruit and vegetable, one-component and multicomponent. It is best to start feeding with one-component mashed potatoes, gradually introducing new fruits and vegetables and their combinations into the diet. It is believed that applesauce is best for the youngest children - they start to give it from four to six months.
Mashed potatoes for babies are made from a variety of vegetables, fruits and dried fruits: cauliflower, broccoli, pumpkin, carrots, zucchini, apples, pears, peaches, apricots, prunes, etc. Boiled water or milk. More complex in composition mash for infants involve the use of rice and other cereals.
The general principle of cooking consists in thorough processing of products, their further boiling (steaming or in a slow cooker) and grinding. To make the mixture homogeneous and not have lumps, it is best to use a blender.
Baby purees - preparation of products and dishes
Preparation of mashed potatoes for babies requires particularly careful preparation of food and utensils. From the dishes and kitchen utensils you will need: a saucepan, a grater, a knife, a cutting board, a bowl and a blender. It may also require a double boiler or a slow cooker. All utensils and appliances should be thoroughly washed (preferably boiled) and wiped dry.
Vegetables and fruits should be thoroughly rinsed in hot water, dried, cleaned and seeds removed (if present). Green parts must be cut. The pulp needs to be cut and steamed, in a slow cooker or boiled in water. After that, you can prepare the very puree for babies. Recipes for baby puree:
Recipe 1: Baby Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes for broccoli babies - the best complementary foods for toddlers. Broccoli contains many vitamins and other nutrients needed for a growing body. Vegetable puree from broccoli is perfectly absorbed by the body and improves digestion.
- 100 g broccoli cabbage;
- 5 ml of flaxseed or olive oil.
Broccoli cabbage disassemble on the buds, rinse thoroughly in hot water. You can boil the cabbage in water, but it is better to cook steamed or in a slow cooker. Broccoli is boiled in boiling water for 8 to 15 minutes, depending on the size of the inflorescences. Steamed cooked from 10 to 13-15 minutes. Cooked cabbage fold in a colander and cool. Put in a deep bowl and grind with a blender. Add 5 ml of oil (about 1 tsp) to the mass and mix it well. If the child is suffering from excess weight, it is better not to add oil. Conversely, if you notice a lack of weight, the oil will only benefit.
Recipe 2: Turkey Meat Puree
Meat puree for babies is an important nutrient, as it provides the body with essential vitamins and minerals. Turkey mash can be given to children from eight months.
- 100 g turkey fillet;
- 90-100 ml of pure filtered water.
Turkey meat puree is best prepared using a steamer or a slow cooker. If the meat is cooked in a double boiler, then you need to put it in the bowl and set the cooking mode for 35-40 minutes (depending on the size of the piece). Finished meat a little cool and cut into pieces. Put the pieces into a bowl or bowl and propure with a blender to a uniform consistency, adding some lukewarm water during the grinding process. Baby turkey puree can be made thicker or liquid, depending on the amount of water added.
Recipe 3: Baby and Apple Pumpkin Puree
The first feeding for babies is usually applesauce. If the baby normally perceived this dish, you can go to a more diverse "dishes". Pumpkin-apple puree for babies is best cooked in a double boiler, but you can boil the ingredients in a regular saucepan. You can use any pumpkin, but apples are better to take “Simirenko” varieties, which contain the least sugar.
1. 140-150 g pumpkin;
2. 1 small apple;
3. A bit of raisins (for older children).
My pumpkin, peel off the peel, cut the flesh into pieces, after removing the seeds. Putting the pumpkin in a double boiler. Wash the apple, clean and remove the core. Also cut into pieces and lay out to the pumpkin in a double boiler. Rinse the raisins in hot water, cut off the tails and lay out in a double boiler. If the child can already chew, then it is better to cook mashed raisins. After 20 minutes, an apple and a pumpkin should reach readiness. Put the finished ingredients in a bowl and bake with a blender until smooth.
Recipe 4: Mango Baby Puree
After the baby has reached the age of six months, you can diversify the menu with more exotic “dishes”. Mango puree for babies is very tasty, so children eat it with great pleasure. In addition, it is very useful and well absorbed by the body.
- 30-35 ml of warm boiled water;
- 1 mango.
Mango washed, peeled, cut in half and remove the stone. Pulp into slices and put in a bowl. Add a little warm water and blend to a homogeneous mass with a blender. Put the mashed potatoes in a small saucepan and simmer on low heat for a few minutes. Cool ready mashed potatoes and immediately give the baby.
Recipe 5: Cauliflower and Carrot Baby Puree
Cauliflower is perfectly absorbed by the child's body, so this vegetable is one of the first to be introduced into the baby food. In order to puree turned out even more tasty and healthy, you can add carrots to it.
- 145-150 g of cauliflower;
- 1 small carrot;
- 1.5-2 cups of water;
- 5 ml of sunflower or olive oil;
- Salt - 1-2 g (but it is better not to add).
Pour filtered water into a saucepan and set on fire. We clean the carrots, rinse them thoroughly, cut them into circles and throw them into boiling water. We sort the cabbage into inflorescences, rinse and throw to almost cooked carrots. Cook vegetables for another 10-12 minutes. As soon as the vegetables are cooked, remove the pan from the stove and let cool for a while. Water should barely cover the vegetables. Grind the contents of a blender to a puree state. Add some puree to the puree and mix thoroughly.
Baby purees - secrets and tips from the best chefs
- It is necessary to prepare mashed potatoes in small portions, immediately before feeding, since it is not recommended to keep mashed potatoes for babies;
- Ideally, vegetables should be pre-soaked in water (potatoes about half to full days, other vegetables - from one to several hours);
- It is recommended to boil vegetables in an enamel saucepan under a lid - this cooking method will allow you to keep the maximum number of vitamins.