Are you worried about feeding your baby store bought baby food? Are you looking for an easy recipe to make your own pear baby food? You will love how easy, healthy, and cost efficient it is to make your own baby food!
Pear Baby Food
When it comes to our children, we as moms want to give them the best! We want them to be healthy and we want them to have the best start at life possible!
A great way to give your baby the best optimal start is to make your own baby food! Unfortunately store bought baby food can be laden with chemicals and other nasty ingredients.
Making your own baby food fresh is a great way to not only avoid these nasty ingredients, but to give your baby the freshest, most nutritious food possible!
And avocados are an excellent first food for babies!
When all four of my children were babies I made my own baby food for them. If you have never done it before, then don’t worry, it’s very easy! I’ll walk you step by step through the entire process:)
And I know it sounds time consuming, but it’s really not. You can make up a whole months worth of baby food in just a few hours!
How to Make Pear Baby Food
So let’s get started and go make some pear baby food!
The only ingredients that you will need for this recipe are pears, and possibly a little filtered or reverse osmosis water.
How to Choose Pears
Pears are not usually ripe in stores and will ripen once purchased.
You don’t want them to be really hard when you buy them, but they should be firm. They should be firm, but have a slight softness to them which ensures that they will fully ripen.
Leave pears at room temperature to ripen. It might take up to a week to fully ripen so be sure to buy them in advance before you are ready to make baby food.
Ripe pears are soft and yield to pressure.
Once ripened if you are not quite ready to make baby food place them in a bag in the fridge.
Pear Puree Baby Food
Pears are extremely easy to make baby food out of!
The first step is to peel the pears and to remove the core and seeds.
Once they are peeled and cored it’s time to puree!
To puree pears I highly recommend purchasing a Vitamix Blender to make your baby food with. It is one of the best blenders and will blend baby food to a super smooth consistency to insure that you do not end up with pear chunks in the baby food that baby can choke on.
This is the only blender that I will use when pureeing not only baby food, but other recipes such as Sweet Potato Pie or Apple Butter as well! It is the best! And it lasts FOREVER! I have had my Vitamix for over a decade and it’s still going strong and purees foods just as good as the day I got it! Definitely worth investing in!
So add the pear pieces to the blender. I usually fill mine about 1/3 to 1/2 full at a time and blend in batches to help speed the process up. You might need to also add a little water at this time. Start with a few tablespoons as you can always add more. If the pears get too thick they will not blend well. So keep stopping and scraping down the sides of the blender as needed and adding water until all the pears are smooth and blend well.
You want it to be somewhat thick and not runny, so don’t add too much water. You basically only want to add as much water as is needed to help the blender out. Otherwise the pear will just stick to the sides and won’t fall down to the blades.
How much water you need, or even if you need any water at all, will depend on how juicy the pears are.
Once all the pear is blended to a super smooth consistency you have baby food! Yep, it’s that easy!
How to Store Homemade Baby Food
But wait, we’re not done yet!
What are you supposed to do with this large batch of pear baby food?
Like I mentioned above you can make a LOT of baby food in a short amount of time. The key is to freeze the pear that you won’t be using in the next couple of days for later.
However, you don’t want to freeze it all together. You want to be able to freeze it in serving sizes so that you can easily thaw out and use a small amount at a time. This way you can have baby food for a month or more!
How to Freeze Baby Food
To freeze baby food efficiently you really need to get these baby food cube trays. They’re kind of like ice cube trays that have lids.
Simply scoop the pureed pear into the trays, place the lid on, and put it in the freezer. Once they are completely frozen you can pop them out and store them in freezer bags that are labeled with the date made.
Pear puree will last in the freezer for up to a year!
Now, pears do tend to turn dark when refrigerated or frozen. This doesn’t mean that they are bad! They are perfectly safe to eat. However if you want to prevent this darkening you can add a tablespoon of lemon juice for each cup of pear puree.
However, only do this if your baby is old enough to eat citrus!
Now you have a large supply of ready made, single serving, pear baby food cubes! How easy is that?!
How to Thaw Frozen Baby Food
When it comes time to use your frozen pear cubes you need to be sure that they are thawed in advance.
There are a couple of different ways to thaw out pear baby food.
The easiest is to put it in a bowl with a lid the night before and let it thaw in the fridge. That way the next day it will be soft and ready to use.
However, I know from experience, that this isn’t always an option! There were many times that I forgot to lay my baby food out and had to do it just before serving it.
I really don’t recommend thawing baby food in the microwave. Not only does it leave hot spots in the baby food that can burn your baby, but it also is bad for the baby food! You can read here about the dangers of microwaves and why I don’t have one.
So, the best way to thaw frozen baby food cubes quickly is the fill a bowl that is a little larger than the bowl holding the baby food with hot water. Sit the bowl with the cubes in the hot water. The heat will be enough to cause the cubes to melt.
You might have to change the water a few times and add fresh hot water as it gets cold. Also occasionally turn the cube and break it up as it gets softer to help speed up thawing.
I know this might seem like a pain, but it’s the best way to thaw the cubes so that they don’t get too hot for baby and the best way to preserve the nutrients in the food that you worked hard to make!
Be sure to test the thawed pear to be sure that it is not hot before feeding it to your baby.
Homemade Pear Baby Food
And That’s how you make homemade pear baby food!
Now the only thing left to do is to serve it to your little one:) I hope they enjoy it as much as you enjoy giving your baby the healthiest food possible!
For additional baby food recipes be sure to read:
Pear Baby Food Recipe
- Organic Pears
- Filtered or RO Water (possibly)
- Lemon Juice (If baby is old enough for citrus)
- The first step is to peel the pears and to remove the core and seeds.
- Once they are peeled and cored it's time to puree.
- Add the pear pieces to the blender. You might need to also add a little water at this time. Start with a few tablespoons as you can always add more. If the pears get too thick they will not blend well. So keep stopping and scraping down the sides of the blender as needed and adding water until all the pears are smooth and blend well.
- You want it to be somewhat thick and not runny, so don't add too much water. You basically only want to add as much water as is needed to help the blender out. Otherwise the pear will just stick to the sides and won't fall down to the blades.
- How much water you need, or even if you need any water at all, will depend on how juicy the pears are.
- Once all the pear is blended to a super smooth consistency you have baby food! Yep, it's that easy!
- If you are batch blending and your baby is old enough for citrus, you can add a tablespoon of lemon juice per cup of banana puree to prevent darkening in the freezer.