As a first time Mum, it can be quite overwhelming when it comes to making puree - How do I do it? It's too hard? I don't know where to start ? Do not fear, CHARLEY CHOP CHOP is here!
A child's nutrition is more important in the first years of their lives than any other time. The first 12 months is a time of rapid growth and development, especially for the nervous system and the immune system. Food choices and eating habits are formed in early childhood, so please honor your child by making the best choices for them that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
From six months, your baby is ready to start eating puree. We start with soft, easy to digest puree that we can make in a variety of flavors and colors.
Before we get to the recipes, there is some equipment that will make your life so much easier. You will need a blender. There are so many on the market, you can use a Nutra-Bullet or even a hand held mixer with the small bowl and blade attachment works perfectly well. I use a mini muffin silicone tray for all my purees. I make the puree, place spoonfuls of the mixture into the tray, freeze over night and then place in labelled and dated sandwich bags. Silicon mini muffin tin's are perfect for freezing puree! Once you have made your puree and frozen it, its so easy to pop out a few into a bowl and allow to defrost before feeding. My freezer at work is always full of a variety of sweet and savory puree using seasonal ingredients as these pack the best nutrition punch and are cheaper to. Do your shopping for your puree at your local fruit and veggie shop as it is always much better quality and price. Even better, grow your own!
CARROT, KUMARA AND SILVER BEET PUREE
6 large carrots
2 large kumara
4 leaves of silver beet
Peel and chop the carrot, place in a pan and just cover with water, boil for 10 minutes. Peel and chop the kumara and add to the carrots. Boil for a further 10 minutes. Wash and roughly chop the silver beet and add to the carrots and kumara boil for 5 minutes. Take a few ladle's full of the mixture and place in a blender and blend until smooth. Spoon into your silicone mould and freeze over night. In the morning remove from the tray, pop into a freezer bag (remember to label and date).
BLUEBERRY AND APPLE PUREE
6 granny smith apples, these are less sweet than red apples, peeled and chopped.
1/2 a cup of blueberries.
Peel and chop the apples add to a pan with 1/2 a cup of water, simmer for 10 minutes with a lid on the pot, stir often until the apples are soft. Add the blueberries and leave in the pan until everything is cold. I just mash this mix with a potato masher, as I feel its good to have a little bit of texture.
Delicious for breakfast, or a mid morning snack.
So there we have it, just look at how easy it is to make puree. Keep your freezer well stocked, so you won't be tempted to buy puree from the supermarket which is full of preservatives, sugar and salt.
Other great combinations to try are: Pumpkin, carrot and spinach. Beetroot and parsnip. Potato pea and spinach. Pear and banana. Let your imagination go wild and your baby will be so happy and Mummy will be to.
Love and blessings