One of the first fruits that we chose to introduce to baby Charles was pear – mild in flavour, easy to get a smooth consistency, and full of nutrients (high in fiber, potassium and Vitamin C)!
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How to make pear purée
You can use any number of pears, but I find it easier to use a store-bought tray (6 pears) and make a large quantity of purée to last longer. Use pears that are ripe!
Start by peeling, coring and chopping the pears into large chunks.
Put the pear chunks into a microwave-safe dish then cover with cling wrap, leaving a small gap or hole to vent.
Microwave on high for 3 minutes, then stir and continue microwaving until the pears are soft and well cooked.
Once the puree has had time to cool, it’s ready to eat!
The handy thing about making a large batch of purée is that you can freeze it in portioned sizes for later dates.
An easy way of doing this is to use an ice cube tray with silicone bottoms (for easier removal of the frozen cubes). Each section is approximately 1 ounce/30 grams, which is an ideal portion size for babies. Once they’re frozen, I’ll pop out the cubes, then store them in labelled freezer bags. When it’s meal time, it’s super easy to just grab a cube or two and defrost ready to eat!
For baby’s breakfast, I like to defrost a couple of pear cubes (or one pear cube and one other fruit like apple) in the microwave, before stirring well to distribute the heat. Then I add 1 tsp / 1 tbsp of farex (you could use any other baby cereal) to enrich the meal with more iron and to also thicken the puree which is otherwise quite smooth.
What fruits does your little one enjoy? Leave a comment below!