View from the top of the bluff at Laguna Beach.
It’s been a very looooong time since I’ve posted food that I made for Bebe E. One of the reasons why I rarely post my homemade baby food is because it’s basically pureed organic fruits or veggies and honestly, it’s pretty boring stuff. Over the past several months, however, I’ve been taking photos of the food I made for Bebe E, thinking that one day I would write about it.
Well, that day is finally here.
Our friends recently had a baby boy and my girlfriend was asking about some of the homemade baby food that I brought to our get together and she mentioned that one day she would look-up my baby food on my blog and I thought to myself, “Hmm, I better start posting more of my baby food before her baby boy is old enough to start eating solids!”
So here we go.
In order to make Bebe E’s pureed food more interesting, with every homemade baby food that I post, I will start by sharing with you one of our outings or an event! Doesn’t that sound exciting! (Ok, I know I’m pushing it here.) I realize it may very well be that our outing or event of the week is equally as boring as pureed food, nevertheless, I will share with you a piece of our life outside of the kitchen.
Last Wednesday, we were still experiencing drizzly, gray, and cold June-Gloomy weather but we bundled up and decided to take a stroll along the Laguna Beach coast, just in front of the Montage Resort. Here, the ocean water is a beautiful aqua color, there are tide pools and best of all, there is a nice descending path that is stroller accessible from the top of the bluff down to the sandy beach.
Although the skies were gray and overcast, the air was fresh and clean and the rhythmic sound of the crashing waves was very soothing. Bebe E and I sat on a rock and watched the ocean waves for a while. Then she got antsy and wanted to crawl on the sand but I wouldn’t let her. Instead, I allowed her to stand and play with the sand with her bare feet.
Just before Bebe E began eating solids, I purchased “The Baby & Toddler Cookbook” to learn more fresh recipe ideas for homemade baby food. The book does a wonderful job of breaking-up baby foods by the baby’s age and one of the final purees in the book for 6 month olds is pureed pears. (All previous posts related to 1st foods / 6 months old can be found under this category on the side bar.)
An interesting fruit that I came across in the Spring were Red Anjou pears. I saw these in the market and thought they were beautiful. I gave them my Bebe Mama smell test and they passed. They had a wonderful sweet aroma. (I have this funny habit of always having to smell fruit, and even vegetables sometimes, and sadly other things that are totally unrelated to food. My good friend Pepe can probably relate to this since she’s the same way.) So I bought a couple of these Red Anjous, along with some bartlett pears and prepared a fresh and sweet pear purée for Bebe E.
Pear Puree for Bebe
(1st Foods / 6 Months Old)
- 4 – 6 pears of your choice
- Water for boiling or steaming
Similar to the preparation of my other pureed fruit and vegetables for Bebe E, peel and core fruit, cube, then steam or boil in water for 4 to 8 minutes until desired tenderness.
Allow the fruit to cool, then transfer to a tall, wide cup and purée using a hand blender. Add reserved boiling liquid to pureed fruit to reach desired thickness. Scoop individual size portions into BabyCubes. These are freezer safe, microwaveable and dishwasher safe. They are one of the most convenient baby products that I’ve purchased and highly recommend them.
Store pureed pear in the fridge for up to 3 days and in the freezer for up to 3 months. Bebe E love-love-loved this pear purée because it was so sweet. She also liked to eat this when it was partially frozen (like a slushy) and icy cold because it must have been soothing for her aching gums that were working so hard to grow her tiny teeth.
Apple – Pear Puree Mix for Bebe
(7 – 8 Months)
One of the things that I started to make for Bebe E when she was about 7 months was puree “mixes” to introduce her to more complex flavors. One of the first mixes that I made for her was an apple – pear puree.
Either a mix of cut apples and pears are cooked together, or if you already have homemade apple sauce and pear puree on hand, feel free to mix these together prior to feeding your little one. Personally, I preferred the apple – pear puree mix for Bebe E over the straight pear puree because it was less sweet.
Carrot – Apple – Pear Puree Mix for Bebe
(7 – 8 Months)
Another puree mix that Bebe E likes is carrot – apple – pear puree. I usually just defrost frozen homemade carrot puree, applesauce and pear puree that I stored in the freezer in BabyCubes and mix them together for Bebe E in a bowl.
Happy eating babies!