Friday, August 2, 2013

Baby Food - Peaches

Brody LOVED his peaches!!!  Man - I think this kid will eat anything!!!  haha  He isn't such a fan of green beans these days, but mixed with peaches - he'll even eat that!!  He really liked when I mixed the peaches with his oatmeal....I think it took a little of the sweetness away!  AND this helped with his constipation too!!  They say 'P' food for "poop" :)

One peach yields about four ounces of puree.

You can make peach puree with fresh or frozen peaches; buy fresh in the summer and frozen the rest of the year for high-quality, affordable peaches. When purchasing fresh peaches, look for deep orange-colored fruit with a reddish blush. It should be free of nicks, bruises, and other blemishes. A ripe peach will give slightly when you squeeze it. Since peaches are part of the "dirty dozen" - foods with the highest pesticide residue - it's a good idea to buy organic.

Wash the peach with a mixture of three parts water and one part white vinegar to remove bacteria. Rinse under cool running water and dry.

Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan and then add peaches to the water for about 45 seconds. With a slotted spoon, remove peaches from boiling water and plunge into an ice bath immediately. After peach has been full submerged, remove and peel the skin with your fingers or a sharp paring knife.

Slice peaches in half, lengthwise, working your way around the pit. Twist and pull the peach halves apart. Use a spoon to pry out the pit, or stick the blade of a sharp knife into the pit and twist until the pit pops out. Slice each half into even-sized slices then quarter each slice.

Puree peaches in a food processor or blender until smooth. Add water as needed to reach desired consistency.

Refrigerate leftover peach puree for up to 3 days. Freeze leftovers for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in your refrigerator.

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