5 Tips for everyday baby purees

Purees

At the end of each recipe introduction in EVERYBODY EVERYDAY I’ve written suggestions about how you can adjust each recipe slightly for kids but still be able to enjoy its full flavour yourselves.  When I write ...'Good to puree or chop for babies and toddlers. Both can be frozen...',  I’ll let you know if there are any ingredients that need to be left out before you puree. A stick blender with a detachable stick and a chopping bowl attachment is ideal for both chopping and purees.   



Making purees

When you make a puree, keep everything moist. Make sure you have enough of the ingredients to puree – too little in a blender makes it very hard to make a puree. You’ll often need to add warm water to ingredients like meat, to help them puree rather than just turn in the blender. If you want to puree a very small amount it’ll be easier to chop it with a knife, then to mix it with sauce or water. If you need to chop a meal quickly for a toddler, chop it with the pulse in a mini mixer. You'll save time and and won't have to wash up your chopping board.   

 

Avoid gluey purees

Chop pasta, gnochhi and potatoes  to a rough puree either by hand or by using the pulse button on a food processor. Don’t leave the motor running or you’ll end up with a gluey mess. 

Delicate palates and tender tastebuds

As a lot of the meals in EVERYBODY EVERYDAY are strongly flavoured, it’s a good and economical idea to mix the purees for babies with vegetable purees. The puree can simply be whatever you’ve served with the meal. It’s best to avoid pasta and rice because they go very gluey when you puree them. We kept a stock of instant ground rice, rice flakes, 1 minute polenta and purees made from tins or pouches of pulses. These were extremely helpful. We’d always made a larger batch than we needed, then froze the remainder in ice cube trays. Once purees are frozen, transfer them from the trays to sealed containers in the freezer. 

Don't cook separate meals to freeze

There's no need to make separate meals to freeze for babies or toddlers. Just make double the recipe of whatever you're making for dinner. Freeze the remainder in purees, or chopped if that’s what you need, and also in grown up portions for yourself. By making some things in larger quantities you can give yourself a few nights off.