The very first purees that you prepare when introducing your baby to solids are usually 1 ingredient only to easily check for any possible allergy reaction. If you want to learn more about How to know if your baby is ready for solids, check this other post too.
Basic baby purees are very simple to prepare and I love to use one of the following cooking methods
- oven roasting
as I think they are the best ones in terms of both nutrients and flavors conserved in the food. For this recipe I decided to steam the carrots, a faster method compared to oven roasting with a milder flavor result (the roasting process enhances the food flavors). For more baby cooking methods, have a look at this post too.
That being said, a carrot puree is a lovely way to start: delicately sweet flavor, nice color (yes, babies are attracted by the color too!!!), creamy texture when cooked, easy to digest. In addition to that carrots are high in Vitamin A, C and calcium.
You can either decide to prepare a basic carrot puree or you can add a nice twist with a tiny pinch of Turmeric, a golden orange spice full of healthy properties and appropriate for babies too!
Turmeric is a super spice that you can introduce in your baby’s diet at a very early age +6M (with moderation, as always!)
Here you are some of the healthy properties Turmeric has:
- antibacterial (prevents infections)
- helps with colics and digestion (sooo useful for babies!!)
- immune system booster (not bad considering we are in full cold/viruses season)
impressive, isn’t it?
The procedure is simple and fast:
If the carrots are not organic I suggest to peel them and than chop in small pieces.
Steam the carrots for 10 minutes. I really like using this removable steamer that I can place in any pot I like 🙂
Than place the steamed carrots either in a food processor or a tall container (like me) if you are using an immersion blender. Add 1/2 cup of the residual steaming water from the pot or any other thinning liquid you like (for more info about How to thin baby food, check out this post too)
If you like, it’s optional, add a tiny pinch of Turmeric.
Puree up until smooth
The carrot baby puree can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3/4 days or frozen for up to 3 months. It’s a good idea for a basic baby puree at the beginning or as an ingredient for a more complete baby food later.
If you are interested in the baby and eco friendly products featured in the video:
- 100% silicone green Olasprout baby spoon
- baby food glass freezer container with lid and tray
- My favorite immersion blender
- My favorite blender system by Ninja
- 3 carrots
- 1 pinch turmeric
Peel the carrots if not organic
Chop the carrots in small pieces
Steam for 10 minutes
Transfer in a food processor or tall container if you are using an immersion blender
Add 1/2 Cup residual steaming water from the steamer
Add a tiny pinch of Turmeric
Puree up until smooth
Serve or store in the refrigerator for 3/4 days or in the freezer for 3 months