“Single puree” of either fruit or vegetables was Harvey’s solid food for the first few weeks. It’s dependent on how your baby develops before progress on to the next stage, which is “Mixed purees”. Harvey progressed relatively quickly and after two weeks we decided to give him solids twice per day. By the time Harvey reached his 5 1/2 months, he was on 3 meals a day.
Notes: Formula was still Harvey’s main meal. We both continue to monitor his formula intakes to ensure that he continues to drink at least 500mL per day.
The two main cooking techniques  I used to prepare the puree were:
A. Moist heat cooking
Steaming: when the steam is released from water once it reaches its boiling point of 100C (at sea level). Food is in contact only with the steam
Boiling: when the food is submersed in liquid e.g. water at the highest temperature consisting of rapid movement with many large bubbles.
B. Dry heat cooking
Roasting: uses the air or convection to transfer heat to an ingredient at a control time and temperature.
The key element here is to ensure the food texture has been cooked until soft for puree while retaining as much nutrition as possible. I used the cooking times from the Annabel Karmel Cookbook as a baseline when preparing my single puree. Check the fruit & vegetable and ensure that the products are soft prior to puree.
|Vegetable/Fruit||Preparation||Cooking Method||Cooking Time (Minutes)|
|Carrot||Peeled, washed, chopped into small size||Steam and puree to the desired consistency||15-20 min|
|Apple||Peeled, cored, chopped into small size||Steam and puree to the desired consistency||10-12 min|
|Sweet Potato||Washed, pierce with folk||Roast in the preheated oven @ 200 C degree and mash with folk||60-75 min|
|Pear||Peeled, cored, chopped into small size||Steam and puree to the desired consistency||5-7 min|
|Blueberry||N/A used from frozen||Steam and puree to the desired consistency||5-7 min|
|Broccoli||Washed, trimmed stalks, reserve florets||Steam and puree to the desired consistency||5-7 min|
|Peas||N/A use frozen||Steam and puree to the desired consistency||5-7 min|
|Beans||washed whole beans||Steam and puree to the desired consistency||7-10 min|
|Spinach||N/A use frozen cube||Steam and puree to the desired consistency||5-7 min|
|Butternut||washed, cut into wedges||Roast in the preheated oven @ 200 C degree and mash with folk||45-60 min|
No Cooking Required Puree
Fruit such as Banana, Avocado, Papaya, Mango, blueberries, melon, and ripe stone fruits are handy to have around the house, as they do not require cooking. Simply mash them with fork or blend it together and serve. You could also add either breast milk or formula or baby rice cereal to make it like a smoothie (although I decided not to use baby rice for Harvey).
Once Harvey started to become familiar with solids, I started to mix and match purees together. At about 5 1/2 months, we decided to introduce meat & poultry along with some potential allergenic food include wheat, egg, dairy (yogurt), fish and peanuts (peanut butter). Harvey did not show a sign of reaction to any of the foods.
I generally have several different types of single purees in our freezer, which allows me to mix and match them together. All that is required is reheating of the puree.
Here are some good puree combinations – Enjoy 🙂
|Key Element||Good mixture||Preparation||Cooking Method||Cooking Time (Minutes)|
|Banana||Rock melon||Remove the skin and any seeds from the rock melon||Simply blend the two elements together using a handheld blender||3 min|
|Avocado||Halve one avocado, remove the stone and scope out the flesh||Mash the two elements together||3 min|
|Blueberry||Steam the blueberry and blend with the handheld blender. Add banana to the blueberry puree, mash with fork to combine||5-7 min|
|Apple||Pear||Peeled, cored, chopped into small size||Steam the two ingredients by starting the apple about 3 minutes prior to the pear as it takes longer to soften.||10-12 min|
|Sweet Potato or Carrot puree||Broccoli puree||See single puree table for preparation & cooking methods||Simply mix the purees together||2 min|
|Spinach puree||See single puree table for preparation & cooking methods||Simply mix the purees together||2 min|
|Peas puree||See single puree table for preparation & cooking methods||Simply mix the purees together||2 min|
|Parsnips puree||See single puree table for preparation & cooking methods||Simply mix the purees together||2 min|