RECIPES AND PREPARING FRUITS FOR HOMEMADE BABY FOOD

SELECTING FRUITS - When selecting fruits, either in or out of season -
Always check for the following:

* Firmness
* Ripeness
* Good Colour and
* Fresh Scent

Avoid items which are:
* Moldy
* Bruised
* Injured, or
* Show signs of insect damage.
* Bruises and cuts may allow pathogens that cause food borne illness to
enter a fruit.
* Damaged fruits and vegetables will also spoil faster.


Apples/Applesauce (Use Gala, Braeburn, Rome or Macs for Baby's first
applesauce)
1. Peel, core and cut apple into slices/chunks
2. Place slices or chunks into a pan with just enough water to slightly
cover apples
3. Boil until tender; be sure to check on the water level.
4. Apples may be mashed with a potato masher to achieve a smooth applesauce
consistency. If your masher will not achieve a puree type of consistency,
then follow steps 5 - 7
5. Reserve any left over water to use for thinning out the apples
6. Place into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing.
7. Add the reserved water as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin puree
8. Add cereal (if desired) to thicken up the
9. Ask your pediatrician about adding some cinnamon for new tastes!

Avocado
1. Peel and de-pit a ripe avocado
2. Cut ?meat? out and mash with a fork
3. There should be no need to use a machine as just like bananas, avocados
have a very soft consistency and texture. Avocados do not need to be cooked

TIP for AVOCADO
When selecting an Avocado, you want a dark green colour with bumpy texture.
The fruit should be firm yet yielding when gently pushed. When an avocado is
sliced in half, the flesh colour should be a green that gently transforms
into a buttery yellow around the pit

Apricot Puree (using dried apricots)
1. 1 pound dried apricots
2. 2 c. white grape juice or apple juice (plain water is ok but the puree
may be a bit bitter-consider using ? water or ? juice is you disagree with
the juices or if baby cannot have juice)
3. Bring juice (or water or the combo) and fruit to a boil and simmer for 15
minutes.
4. Reserve any left over liquid to use for the puree
5. Place into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing.
6. Add the reserved liquid as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin puree or
7. Add cereal (if desired) to thicken up
8. Note: puree will not freeze solid, but into slightly soft/slightly frozen
cubes.

Baked Apples

1. Core apple and leave peel on
2. Place a wee bit of butter on the inside of the cored apple (sprinkle a
bit of cinnamon in the apple if your desire and if baby is ready for or has
had cinnamon
3. Place in a pan with just enough water to slightly cover apples ? about an
inch of water
4. Bake in a 400-degree oven for 30 minutes or until tender; be sure to
check on the water level.
5. Once baked, either cut apple into little bits and serve as a finger food
or mash as directed above in the Apples/Applesauce recipe

Bananas
1. Peel ripe bananas
2. Place banana in a food processor/food mill or blender and puree
3. You can also mash the banana in a bowl using a regular fork ? heat in
microwave for 25 seconds prior to mashing for extra softness
4. Add formula/breastmilk or water to thin or add cereal (if desired) to
thicken up

Banana Applesauce Mush
1. Peel, core and cut apple into slices/chunks
2. Place slices or chunks into a pan with just enough water to slightly
cover apples
3. Boil until tender; be sure to check on the water level.
4. Apples may be mashed with a potato masher to achieve a smooth applesauce
consistency or you can puree in an appliance as shown above
5. Peel a ripe banana and mash in a bowl with a fork (heating in the
microwave for approximately 20 seconds will soften the banana up if needed)
6. Add applesauce to the banana and sprinkle with wheat germ or crushed
cheerios
7. Puree if necessary but mashing with a potato masher will typically get
this mix smooth

Blueberries
1. 1/2 pint of blueberries (fresh or frozen)
2. 4 c. water
3. Bring water to a boil. Add blueberries and simmer for 15 minutes until
soft.
4. Reserve liquid and use a slotted spoon to transfer blueberries to
blender/processor/mixer and puree.
5. If needed, add some of the liquid to blueberries.
6. Add cereal (if desired) to thicken up
*You can save the liquid to serve as juice or to blend in with cereals etc..


Blueberry Banana Yogurt
1 cup blueberries
1 whole banana
1 cup plain yogurt
2 tablespoons wheat germ
For Babies: Use 1 cup of your already made blueberry puree OR Microwave the
blueberries just until the juices start to run, about 30 seconds. Place the
banana, yogurt and blueberries in a blender and puree until smooth. For
Toddlers: Slice the banana. Microwave the blueberries just until the juices
start to run, about 30 seconds. Place a little yogurt in a dish and top with
banana slices, blueberries, wheat germ and serve. This will make 2-3
servings.


Freezing Time
Baby Food Cubes May Be Safely Kept in the Freezer for 3 Months.
It is preferable to use the cubes within 1 month however


Fruit Sundaes * (Excellent snack for 8months and up; toddlers and even older
kids!)
1. 1/2 c. assorted fresh fruits (strawberries, apples, bananas, peaches,
etc)
2. 2 tbsp. wheat germ
3. 1/2 c. cottage cheese
4. 2 tbsp. Apricot, blueberry etc.. Puree
5. 1 tbsp. sour cream (may be omitted)
6. Put the cottage cheese on bottom of a plate/bowl
7. Top the cottage cheese with the remaining ingredients
8. *Puree all the ingredients together for those babies 9 months and not on
chunky foods

Melon (cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon)
1. 1/4 cup sliced, soft, seedless melon, rind removed
2. Puree or mash with a fork - add cereal (if desired) to thicken up the
melon achieve a smooth, thin consistency. **Melon does not need to be cooked
as it is typically introduced at an age where baby can tolerate raw fruits.
Melon may be steamed to tender and then mashed if you prefer without harming
it.

Pears


Peel and cut into chunks so as to avoid the little seed portion. Steam
gently until tender
Place in a blender/food processor and puree until smooth. Use the leftover
cooking water if needed but Pears tend to be very runny and watery without
adding liquid.


TIP:
Along with using the cooking liquid, you may always use breast milk or
formula to make any puree. This gives a nutritional "boost" along with
giving baby a familiar taste with the new taste. The choice is yours!



Peaches, Plums, Pears (Steam or Bake - these methods work for plums and
pears as well)
1. Scrub fruit clean
2. Carve an X into 1 side of the fruit
3. Place X side down in a pan with an inch of water
4. Bring water to a boil and steam until soft and tender
5. Peel skin from fruit and remove pits and/or seeds

OR:
Peel fruit, de-pit/de-seed and cut into dices, steam until soft and tender
then

OR:
Halve the fruit and place "open" side down in a pan filled with 1 inch of
water, bake at 400F until soft and tender or puckering of the skin appears.
Really Yummy when peaches are baked!!

6. Reserve any left over water to use for thinning out the fruits
7. Place into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing.
8. Add the reserved water as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin puree
9. Add cereal (if desired) to thicken up.

Prunes

Soak dried prunes in warm water until they plump up or steam gently.
Once plump and tender, toss into food processor or blender and begin to
puree.
Add liquid without sparing any.
Prunes tend to become a pasty gluey consistency when pureed and the more
water you add, the easier it is to puree to a texture your baby will
tolerate. If using for constipation, you might also use the juice that is
leftover from the steaming/soaking to mix into cereals, or with water in a
bottle or sippy cup.

Tofu-Fruit Mush

1. 4oz firm tofu
2. 1 ripe banana, peeled
3. 1/4-cup (frozen) strawberry or blueberry or peach
4. 3 tbls of Wheat Germ
5. Puree all ingredients in a blender or food processor until a fluffy type
texture is achieved.
6. Serve by spoon or spread on toast. You may also freeze this mix and call
it "Ice Cream"