Is your baby a picky eater? You could be one of the many parents that like to know how to make pear baby food or any other fruits. We feel you moms and dads so we come up with an easy step-by-step guide on how you can make one.
In general, homemade baby foods are quite easy to do and considerable cheaper. At six months, babies can have their first solid food to support their development and nutritional needs. Although there are plenty of commercial baby food brands these days, we would still want to give our children nothing but fresh, pure and organic foods.
Thus, we would usually resort to homemade purees and drinks. Aside from banana, avocado, and apple, pear is also high in Vitamin C, fiber, copper, and potassium. It can also help boost the immune system and alleviate your child’s constipation and reflux.
What we like about pears is that have zero cholesterol and no sodium. Likewise, it is nutrient-dense so rest assure that it provides more nutrients per calorie. Doctors also recommend pears because it is a low acid fruit that is unlikely to cause an upset stomach to babies.
THE THINGS YOU WILL NEED
Pears and distilled water- Since we will be making a nutritious baby food, we only need fresh pears and water. Only choose organic fruits as other variants of it are found contaminated with pesticides.
Bosc or Barlett pears are available almost all year round. But Barlett is ideal to use as these are sweet, soft and mild in taste. Likewise, Anjou is another common variety of pears as it is easier to find. It is green and available in the United States all year round.
Ripe pears are usually sweet smelling and turn yellow in color, with or without a “rosy blush.” But unlike peaches and mangoes, pears ripen from the inside out. Instead of squeezing the outside of it, press the base of its stem and feel its softness.
Select the one without bruises or damages. You can make a five-ounce puree in a single medium pear. If you bought an unripe pear, you can put it in a brown bag and leave it on the counter or store it in the coldest spot of your refrigerator to ripen it.
There are three stages of solid baby food, and pears are in the first stage. This stage is ideal for babies 4-6 months old. The second stage is for 7-8 months old and the third stage is for 9-12 months old.
Other materials- you will also need a sharp paring knife, a fruit peeler or whatever peeler that is available. You can also use a food processor or a blender for a smoother puree or fork for mash pear. If you prefer baking it, of course, you will need a baking dish and baking oven.
Optional ingredients include cinnamon, mint, ginger powder and other fruit combinations listed below. We also included a recipe for a baby drink where you will need rice milk or oat milk. If you are breastfeeding, you can substitute water for it.
You can use a regular steamer or a big pot in steaming the fruits.
EASY STEPS ON HOW TO MAKE PEAR BABY FOOD
Before anything else, make sure that you wash your hands thoroughly to prevent transferring of germs. The utensils, cooking materials and preparation surfaces should be also well-cleaned to avoid contamination. Also, sterilize the spoons and bowls that you will use to feed your baby. Bring it to a boil for five minutes.
Thoroughly wash the fruits using water. Others prefer to mix one part of white vinegar and three parts water and use it as a rinsing solution. Make sure to dry it well. Ripe pears do not need to be steamed or cooked since these will be very soft to be done as a puree.
Peel the fruit in a circular motion using a paring knife or a fruit peeler. Slice it in lengthwise and remove its core. Scoop each pear half with a paring knife and finish slicing it into equal-size slices.
Still, it is up to you if you want to steam it. We recommend steamed pears for babies’ age six months old for better digestion. If you will do so, put the sliced pears in a pot with water and steam it for 3-5 minutes. Put the lid but remember to stir it occasionally. Aside from steaming, baking can also bring out the pears’ sweetness.
Put the pears, face down in a baking dish and bake it in a pre-heat oven to 350F. Wait for 25 minutes or until it is golden and the flesh is tender. Be sure to peel the skin before combining other ingredients such as vanilla or cinnamon.
If you skip step three, you can directly place the pear chunks in a blender or food processor until perfectly smooth. Follow the same step if you have baked pear, but it should be perfectly peeled. You can add water according to your desired consistency.
You can also add a little formula milk or breast milk instead of water since babies in general, likes their food to be watery and moist. As the child grows, you can gradually increase his or her food’s thickness.
You can serve it plain, or you can add a pinch of cinnamon, mint or ginger powder to introduce new food flavors and textures to your baby. But, it is best not to add salt or sugar to it.
Since pears are versatile, you can try adding apples, chicken, yogurt, mango, blueberries, bananas, sweet potato and avocados to your plain pear puree. However, strawberries are not advisable for babies under 12 months of age as most of them can have severe reactions to it.
For a delicious and tasty baby drink, mix ½ peeled banana, ½ peeled mangos and one ripe pear (peeled and cored) in a blender until smooth. Slowly add rice milk or oat milk until you reach your desired consistency. Serve it in a cup.
Babies also love applesauce so why not try a pear applesauce? Similar to the procedures above, steam slices of apples and pears (peeled off) and put them in a blender or food processor. Add water or milk to thin the mixture.
- Before introducing pear puree or any other new food to your baby, make sure to consult his or her pediatrician first. It pays to be cautious especially if your child has food allergies. There are also some foods that doctors do not recommend such as carrots and beets puree.
- Some babies can be extremely fussy when introducing a new food so be patient. You can expand the food varieties of your child once he or she accepted the simple purees.
- Babies age eight months old and above can have a chunkier puree. To achieve this, lessen the amount of water you will mix. However, younger babies should only have runny food so add more milk or water to the mixture.
- While most babies at six months of age can start eating solid foods, it is still best to ask your doctor first. Introduce baby food one at a time so you can determine possible food allergies and avoid it.
- If, after feeding your baby with any food and you notice rashes, upset stomach, and other unusual symptoms, discontinue feeding and see the doctor immediately.
- Make sure that the baby food is also served at body temperature and not too hot nor too cold. If you have left-over puree, cool it and refrigerate it in ice cube trays or other BPA-free containers. The refrigerated leftover is only safe for consumption up to two days.
- Prepare baby’s food ahead of time and keep the excess in a zip lock bag, sterilized baby jars or ice cube trays. Label the containers as well as the date of production. If frozen, pear puree can last up to a month. Follow the proper ways of storing baby foods to prevent bacteria.
- Do not keep the refrigerated pureed pears for a longer period. Reheated and defrosted mixtures are ideal for consumption not more than an hour.
HOMEMADE BABY FOODS ARE THE BEST
Did you also enjoy our simple tutorial on how make pear baby food? Great! Commercial baby food brands are packed with preservatives and subjected to very high heat to kill bacteria growth. This process tends to destroy the foods’ vital nutrients.
Now we know why most parents choose homemade foods. Making your child’s organic food is beneficial to both of you. You can ensure its freshness, quality, and nutritional value compared to commercial variants. Likewise, you can stock-up his or her meals in your freezer to save time and money on your part.
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