How do I start?
Purées are the best way to introduce your baby to a mixed diet. These smooth mixtures of fruit, vegetables or baby rice (a vitamin and iron-enriched, sugar-free milky tasting form of powdered rice) are easily prepared using your Braun Multiquick hand blender. To begin with, keep purées quite runny and very smooth using your Braun Multiquick hand blender on a high speed—bananas are a particular favourite. Use water, breast milk or formula to achieve the right consistency.
You should always peel fruits and remove stalks, cores and seeds and remember, most fruits and vegetables will need to be cooked before serving to soften them. In these early stages you could include lentils, but other pulses (such as peas, chickpeas and beans) will need to be blended very thoroughly to achieve a smooth consistency so it is a good idea to save these nutritious foods for the next stages of weaning.
How much, how often?
Start with 1-2 teaspoons of puréed fruit or vegetable once a day. When your baby is happy to take more, offer solids twice a day.
Making purées is easy with the right equipment. First, peel or scrub your fruit or vegetables and cut into pieces. Simmer or bake if required but avoid adding salt or sugar. Blend thoroughly using your Multiquick hand blender. If there are any pips or fibres, push the purée through a sieve using the back of a spoon. Add a little vitamin-rich cooking water or your baby’s usual milk if you need more liquid.
Storing what you make
It is most cost and time effective to make batches of food for your baby and then freeze them. At the early stages of weaning, ice cube trays with fitting lids make perfect containers for portion-sized fruit and vegetable purées. As your baby’s appetite grows you will need to store food in larger, freezable containers with lids.
Tips for storing food:
- Only use a freezer that can freeze food to -18ºC in 24 hours
- Always reheat foods until they are piping hot. Allow to cool and test temperature yourself before serving to your baby
- You should not refreeze food that has been defrosted, except for raw frozen food that has been cooked
- You should use or dispose of frozen baby food within two months of freezing it
- Do not freeze bananas or avocados