October 10, 2013
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Are you concerned about what may or may not be in the jarred baby food you find in the store? Worry no more, and make your own!
A few fun facts to start with: Apricots are rich in iron, vitamin A, and especially potassium. Apricots are also a great source of dietary fiber, antioxidants and minerals, which are perfect for a baby’s diet.
As a mom of three, I know what it is like to worry day in and day out about my precious angels. Am I feeding them well? Are they getting enough? Is this healthy?
Well I am here to help alleviate some of those worries, and help you be the best mom that you can be!
Also, MOMables has a great post on the worry that many moms experience. Is your child eating enough?
Apricots can be one of the first foods given to babies! For this reason, if you choose to feed your child baby cereal you can just mix it in.
After 6 months you can mix the apricot puree into organic grains such as oats, brown rice and barley.
Apricots are also perfect with winter squashes such as butternut and acorn squash. A simple addition to the fall season recipes!
Now if you have an older child don’t think this recipe isn’t for you! Making an apricot puree is perfect to mix into oatmeal, quiona, yogurt, smoothies,granola bars, even as a topping for ice cream.
Many of you know how much I love the versatility of foods! One of the most important skills I have learned as a mom is being able to use leftovers in a variety of ways. This apricot puree is right up my alley, the possibilities are so vast!
Apricots for Babies and Beyond
- 1 package of organic Turkish apricots
- Place apricots in a saucepan and add enough water until it barely covers the apricots
- Bring to a boil then place on simmer until apricots look plumb and soft
- Take from the saucepan and place in a glass bowl and let cool for a bit
- Once cooled add 1 cup of water and begin to blend with a immersion blender or another device that would blend the apricots into a smooth mixture
- Continue to blend and add more water until you have reached the right consistency. It will take more water than you might think and only you know when it’s the right consistency. Babies will need it to be thin and very smooth and older children eating solids foods can have it a bit thicker. It also depends on what you are using it for.
- Once the puree is done you need to place the mixture into ice cube trays, cover and place in the freezer.
- When frozen (takes 24 hours) take out of the freezer and place frozen cubes into a freezer baggie and place back into the freezer until you are ready to use the cubes.
Note: Each cube is 1oz and can be defrosted naturally on the counter or place a few cubes in a container the night before you need to use them and let defrost in the fridge. If you are running out of time you can defrost on low using a pan or in a glass container in the microwave.
Trina O’Boyle, founder of the O’Boy! Organic offers parent cooking classes, baby food personal chef services and kids cooking parties in the Philadelphia area. Trina has been passionate about healthy foods and eco-friendly living for over 20 years. Trina strives to be a role model for her two boys by cooking fresh foods and working on their back yard garden together. She is also the Social Media Editor for Happy Family Brands. You can follow Trina at O’Boy! Organic and on Facebook and Twitter.
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