Are you ready to introduce your baby to the wonderful world of solid foods? Look no further than this Apple Baby Puree recipe from BDK Restaurant. This nutrient-dense puree is not only delicious but also packed with health benefits that your little one will love. Plus, it’s suitable for babies aged 4-6 months and up, making it the perfect stage 1 baby food.
The Health Benefits of Apples
Apples are not only tasty but also incredibly good for your baby’s health. Here are some of the benefits this fruit offers:
Heart Health and Digestion: Apples are a great source of fiber, which promotes a healthy heart and aids digestion. The pectin in apples acts as a prebiotic, providing food for the good bacteria in the gut and helping with cholesterol levels.
Hydration: Apples have a high water content, making them a perfect choice for keeping your baby hydrated.
Immunity: Rich in vitamin C, apples can help boost your baby’s immune system.
Cancer Prevention: The antioxidants found in apples contribute to cancer prevention.
Ingredients and Preparation
To make this Apple Baby Puree, you’ll need:
- Apples: Look for firm, ripe apples without any blemishes or bruises. You’ll need six of them for this recipe.
- Cinnamon: Adding a pinch of cinnamon enhances the flavor of the puree, but it’s optional.
Now, let’s walk you through the process of making this delicious puree:
Prep apples: Peel, core, and roughly chop the apples.
Cook: Place the chopped apples in a medium saucepan and add water and cinnamon if desired. Cook on medium-low heat for 12-15 minutes until the apples are tender.
Puree: Transfer the cooked apples to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
Serve or freeze: You can either serve the puree immediately or freeze it for later use.
Tips and Tricks
- Peeling Tip: If this is your baby’s first time trying apples, it’s recommended to peel them as the fiber content might be a bit overwhelming for their delicate stomachs. However, once your baby is accustomed to apples, peeling is entirely up to you.
To make this Apple Baby Food Puree, it’s helpful to have the following tools on hand:
- Medium Saucepan
- Blender or Food Processor
- Freezer Tray
- Storage Containers for Fridge
- Stasher Bag
- BEABA Babycook
- Suction Bowl or Baby Bowl
- Baby Spoon
- Open Lid Cup
- Bib with Catch Pocket
Other Cooking Methods
While simmering is the preferred method for making this puree, there are other ways to cook apples for baby food:
BEABA Babycook: With the BEABA Babycook, making homemade apple puree has never been easier. Simply place peeled, cored, and chopped apples in the steamer basket, add a pinch of cinnamon, steam, and blend. Don’t forget to use the code BabyFoode15 for 15% off your Babycook.
Steaming: Peel and chop the apples, then steam them over boiling water for 8-10 minutes until tender. Blend as directed.
Boiling: Place peeled and chopped apples in a saucepan, cover with water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes until tender. Blend afterwards.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How to Store Apple Baby Food?
Refrigerator: Store the apple puree in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Freezer: This puree can be frozen for up to 4 months. Spoon the puree into a freezer storage container, leaving some space for expansion. Label the container with the date and recipe name. Freeze overnight and then transfer the frozen cubes to a zip-lock baggie or stasher bag, properly labeled.
Apple Combination Purees
While this apple puree is delicious on its own, you can also have fun mixing it with other purees to create exciting flavor combinations. Here are some ideas:
- Quinoa Baby Cereal
- Sweet Potato
- Soft Tofu
- Rice Cereal
Note: Apples are also great for baby-led weaning or as finger foods. You can serve them whole to your baby or combine purees with finger foods for added variety.
So why wait? Give this Apple Baby Puree a try and introduce your little one to the delicious taste and health benefits of apples. For more exciting recipes, visit BDK Restaurant’s website. Happy cooking!