Pears are high in complex fiber, which is a natural fiber rather than a simple or synthetic fiber, according to the Wholesome Baby Foods website. This natural fiber, along with the high potassium found in pears, is beneficial to the digestive system, in that it alleviates constipation, making pears an ideal baby food.
Cooking pears for a baby is not difficult. In fact, homemade baby food can be ideal for the finicky eater as well as the fugal cook. Cooking pears or other foods for your baby also allows close monitoring of all added ingredients to your discretion, thus avoiding harmful preservatives that may be present in shelved baby food. Mixing pears with other fruits or cereal might be a successful strategy for your little one. It is recommended that you consult your pediatrician before introducing solid foods to your infant or baby.
Things You'll Need
- Steaming basket
- Vanilla to taste
Wash, peel and remove the seeds and core from one large or three medium-sized ripened pears.
Cut the pears into halves and place them into a steaming basket situated over a pot with 1 to 2 inches of boiling water. To hasten the boiling process, add a pinch of salt to the water beforehand. Cover the pot with a lid. Steam the pears for 10 to 12 minutes.
Remove the steaming basket from the pot of water and set it aside for cooling. Remove the pears from the steaming basket and place them into a large glass bowl; mash thoroughly with a fork, or puree.
Add 1/4 tsp. of baby cereal (oatmeal or rice) to thicken the mashed pears, if desired, but not too much, as too much may present a choking hazard for the infant. If the pear mixture appears too thick, add water until you achieve your desired consistency.
Place the pear mixture into a clean jar and refrigerate it.
Tips & Warnings
- Pears may also be baked. Simply preheat the oven to 350 F, and wash, core and cut three pears into halves. Place the pears into a shallow dish and add spice sparingly, if desired, preferably vanilla. Bake the pears for 20 to 25 minutes or until tender.
- If you are unable to steam or bake the pears, try microwaving them. Microwave washed, peeled and quartered pears on high for 4 to 6 minutes; then thoroughly mash them. For best results however, steaming pears is recommended.
- Pears do not necessarily require cooking. Once fully ripened, simply mash the flesh with a fork. Preparing pears in this manner, however, may not result in the smooth consistency often desired. For a smoother texture, puree at high speed until the pear has a smoother consistency. If the puree is not smooth enough, boil the pear first for approximately 3 to 5 minutes, then puree it.
- Consult a pediatrician before introducing solid foods or new foods to your infant or baby. The Wholesome Baby Foods website recommends steaming fruits for babies no younger than eight months of age.
- Purchase organic pears only for your little one, as pears tend to be highly contaminated with pesticides.
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