Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Baby Food Week: Apples

There are a few different ways to make apples. The first recipe you'll find on WholesomeBabyFoods.com will tell you to peel, core and cut the apples and then boil them until tender. I tried this method twice. While it does work, I've found that I need to add water to them in order to puree them and they were really lacking flavor. After not being pleased with the outcome I tried baking them. The flavor was 100 times better and I didn't have to add any water to puree them, meaning that Makenzie is essentially eating an apple.

If your baby is under 8 months old it is important to peel the fruit because their little digestive systems may not be ready for the peel yet.

Here's how you're gonna bake them:

First gather your apples. I only baked three at this point because I didn't want to bake a ton and not like the results.

Core the apples, leaving the peel on

Place in a baking or roasting pan with an inch or two of water

Bake in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes or until tender (as you can see I was also baking pears and peaches)

Beware! The apples smell amazing and taste amazing. You may want to eat them yourself.

After the apples have cooled, you'll peel them. Just sort of pinch the skins off, they are removed very easily.

Place the apples in your blender or food processor and blend till smooth. For some reason I don't have pics of the finished product, but the consistency will be very smooth, unlike applesauce, more like jarred baby food. Enjoy!

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