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Recipe of home-cooked puree for baby : 12 fruit puree + 7 vegetable puree

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If I have to work every single day of weekdays,
for each weekend,
I plan to prepare 1-2 fruit puree & 1-2 vegetable puree.
I feed few portions to my baby immediately,
and freeze the rest.

My preferred puree:
must be nutritious.
must be easy & quick to prepare.

Follow the 4 day wait rule when introducing a new food to baby – offer your baby the same new food for 4 days to test for allergies to that food.
This applies even when you are making homemade baby food. Never introduce more than 1 new food at a time when first beginning solid foods.

For babies of 6-8 months, steam the fruit if possible.
Why? for easier digestion.
Note: Do not cook banana, avocado.

To thicken puree, add CEREAL.
To thin puree, add BREAST MILK / formula milk / water.

Steam first then blend, instead of blend first then steam.
Cook the food, let it cool a bit, toss it into a blender or food processor and puree away.

General directions
# PEEL, core and CUT hard fruit (e.g. apple, pear) into slices/chunks
# STEAMing is better than boiling. Steam for 5-10 minutes / until soft. Alternatively, you can bake
or blanch. I prefer steaming.
# MASH : use blender.
For soft food, e.g. banana / avocado / kiwi, use fork to mash.

Vitamins: A, C, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium
Steam? YES
May turn brown [cooked] – freeze in slices for a nice teething reliever [raw]

Vitamins: A, C, Niacin, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron, Magnesium, Calcium
1 ripe avocado
Steam? NO
May turn brown when pureed – best frozen in halves with a bit of lemon juice [raw]

How to select an avocado?
select a dark green color with bumpy texture.
the internal flesh color : green that gently transforms into a buttery yellow around the pit.

Vitamins: A, C, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Selenium, Magnesium, Calcium
Steam? NO
May brown when pureed – best way to freeze, cut in half, wrap then freeze [raw]

Vitamins: A, C, K, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Sodium, Phosphorus, Iron, Magnesium, Calcium
Note: for 8 months old onward.
Steam? YES
Allergy caution? Blueberries are not related to strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. Those “true” berries may be mild to highly allergenic.
Buy ORGANIC please!
Freeze well whole or pureed – may thaw to a watery consistency [raw or cooked]

For 10 months old & older.
Vitamins: A, C, K, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Calcium
Ingredients: 1 ripe kiwi
Steam? NO
May be gritty/watery when thawed [raw]

Vitamins: A (1262 IU in one cup.), C, E, K, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Calcium, Sodium
Steam? YES
Comment: I will introduce mango puree later due to its acidity.
May be gritty/watery when thawed – best frozen in chunks [raw or cooked]

Vitamins: A, C, K, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Calcium
can steam? YES
For 8 months old & older.
May be gritty/watery when thawed – best frozen raw in chunks [raw or cooked]

Vitamins: A, C, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Calcium
must ensure that the papaya is fully ripened
Steam? YES
We can also mix papaya into chicken and rice for a tropical chicken dinner.Freezes well, may be gritty/watery when thawed -freeze in chunks [raw or cooked].

Vitamins: A, C, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Calcium
2 ripe pears (Bartlett, Red or Comice).
Steam? YES
May turn brown – freeze well but may be gritty/watery when thawed [raw or cooked]

Vitamins: A, C, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Calcium
5 ripe plums.
Freeze well, may be gritty/watery when thawed [raw or cooked].
Vitamins: A, C, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Calcium

Vitamins: A (12230 IU in 1 cup.), C, K, Folate, Niacin.
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Calcium, Iron.
1 medium sized sugar/baking pumpkin (about 5-7 pounds).
Freezes well [cooked].
How to buy pumpkins?
Look for smaller pumpkins with few blemishes that are heavy & has intact stem. Avoid pumpkins that have soft spots.

My first son tried pumpkin puree when he turned 8 months old and loved it.

Here are vegetable puree that I carefully choose for my baby:

1. remove the woody stems by bending each spear until it snaps – it should snap at the point where the fresh green tip ends and the tougher part begins.
2. steam
3. mash
Freezes well but may be watery when thawed – best frozen in pieces.

Warning: it stains baby cloth.
Freeze well.

Vitamins: A (4533 IU), C, E, K, Niacin, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Sodium, Selenium, Phosphorous, Iron, Magnesium, Calcium
wash, then boil, steam or microwave the florets.
Do not feed the stems because they give some babies gas!
Freezes well but may be watery when thawed – best frozen in pieces.

Vitamins: A (19,152 IU), C, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Sodium, Phosphorous, Iron, Magnesium, Calcium
Choose large, older carrots – these are actually richer in nutrients than baby carrots.
Freeze well.
TIPS: Do not reserve any left over water to use for thinning out the carrots if baby is under 8 months old as Nitrates may seep into the cooking water.

Method 1 : peel then boil then mash with fork.
Method 2 : bake then mash with fork.

Tips: Do not use cooking water to puree.
Spinach puree MUST be immediately eaten, frozen or stored in the refrigerator. Studies done on spinach and nitrates in particular have shown that with improper storage and preparation, the nitrate levels may actually increase.

Vitamins: A (24,877 mg ), C, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Sodium, Selenium, Phosphorous, Magnesium, Calcium
Bake is more efficient.
can also steam in cubes.
Freeze well.

Although I am not anti ready-made puree,
I may buy them and feed my baby them,
especially for traveling
when I have little / no access to warmer,
but I prefer to prepare home-made puree,
because it is fresher and has less artificial.

Blended brown rice / white rice +  breast milk / formula + any of / combination of : ikan bilis / anchovies + ginseng + lotus seed + prune.
Since these require daily preparation,
if I really have no time in the future as I must go out to earn $ for our family,
I may consider any of these :
# Nestle Cerelac.
# Moon Rabbit Brand Si Sen Brown Rice Powder.

How to freeze home-made puree?

# Let the steamed puree cool down first before freezing.

# Use ice-cube trays with lids.
I think the ice cube tray with lid is a good investment,
we can use it to make fruit puree cubes to be added to yoghurt. To retain the freshness, some people use cling film to go round the ice cube trays to seal out odors (especially if you keep uncooked meat in the freezer); but I do not prefer this method because the plastic may stick to the puree.

# Use Avent cups. Fill in < 100 ml, so we can top up with cereal / breast milk / formula / water. For feeding, can warm the cups with bottle warmer.

# Use cleaned glass bottles* from EYS Chicken Essence / bird nest.

Of course, if I can afford the time to prepare puree daily, I no need to freeze.
I can eat the remaining puree that my baby cannot finish daily.

*Glass that is not specifically manufactured for freezing has the unfortunate ability to crack, leave behind tiny, microscopic shards and fragments and also is prone to bursting.
Baby food jars (e.g. Gerber, Heinz) are not manufactured for freezing or for extreme heating.

How long can frozen baby puree last?
3 months just like breast milk.
But consuming within 1 month is the best for the sake of nutrient retention.

Consider also baby led weaning.

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Written by blueroselady

March 21, 2013 at 9:52 pm

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Baby does not want to eat. How to address this challenge?

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If your baby can talk and tell you why he refuses to eat, then you will not be reading this post 🙂

Here are possible reasons:
do not need as much food as you are feeding him.
full / not hungry.
not yet ready for solids.

Some ideas to try:
+ Start with tiny portions.
+ Make new food look similar to a familiar favorite of baby.
+ Combine with his favorite food. For example, my first baby loves banana so much, so I added a tiny chunk of banana to every spoon of his puree.
+ Believe that your baby knows how much food he needs.
+ Reverse psychology. My first baby wants to eat when I place him on my lap during family time, I just give him mashed brown rice.
+ Never force feed your baby. Foce feeding can turn feeding time into fighting time.
+ Do not give your baby junk food, instead offer him healthy food and a hungry baby will eventually eat them.
+ Accept that babies are supposed to make a mess while eating – this is their learning process. If your baby is a messy eaters, he is showing signs of independence – a milestone for his learning, growth, self-reliance, self-esteem.
+ Relax. Let your baby go at his own pace.

Written by blueroselady

October 30, 2013 at 6:47 am

Gratitude exercise: write a letter / post about a gadget / an appliance that benefits your life

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I am grateful for my blender.
Blender is a versatile small appliance that everyone who loves home made, healthy, and delicious food must have.

Herein, I write a post to describe how my blender has benefited and brought joy to our lives.

Dear blender

Thank you for being so efficient in providing my family with delicious and healthy food.

We have enjoyed so numerous healthy and delicious items.
Papaya milkshake
papaya banana milkshake
banana chocolate milkshake
strawberry banana milkshake
avocado chocolate milkshake
avocado coffee milkshake
honeydew milkshake
They taste so delicious, preservative-free, 100% natural, and healthy (I normally do not add additional sugar like commercially available juices).

Puree for baby (ideas for recipe here)

Next, I plan to try use blender to make soup (Oh! how I miss those hot / warm soup of 2007-2009).
The following recipes are designed on my mind (no testing done yet) as inspired by other recipes.

1. cook / the followings in a pan / pot / rice cooker / slow cooker:
# pumpkin
# meat / pork rib and/or dried scallop
# 1 clove garlic, minced
# 1 onion, chopped
# pepper to taste
# thyme, chopped / ginger / cinnamon / Rosemary
PS: I may also saute the garlic, onion, thyme / ginger with olive oil / sesame oil.
2. Then blend in small batches (e.g. 1 cup / time) / use hand blender.
3. To make the soup creamier, add milk.
4. Garnish with fresh parsley / coriander.

Same as pumpkin soup, just replace the pumpkin with sweet potato

Use low heat to saute mushroom in little olive oil.
When the liquid is released from the mushroom, add Bayleys and cream / oat.
Transfer the mushroom into a pot of boiled meat / ribs.
Bring to boil. Add milk.
Add pepper to taste.

More ideas …
barley soup
pear soup
add carrot to sweeten to soup

for your safety, use bottle brush to wash to prevent the blades from accidentally cutting any of your finger.

Written by blueroselady

October 10, 2013 at 4:01 pm