How to Make Peach Puree for Babies

Peaches beta-carotene and potassium, and their mild, sweet flavor makes them an ideal first fruit. Follow our easy step-by-step instructions to learn how to puree fresh or frozen peaches.

Step 1: Select & Buy Peaches

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Peach puree is an excellent first fruit for babies - it's mild and delicious on its own, and you can easily mix it with a variety of other fruit, veggie, meat, and poultry purees. 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. One peach yields about four ounces of puree.

    Step 2: Wash the Peach

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    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.

      Step 3: Peel the Peaches

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      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.

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          Step 4: Pit & Slice the Peaches

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          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.

            Step 5: Puree or Mash the Peaches

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

            For chunkier peach puree, which is ideal for babies 10 months or older, mash the peach with a potato masher instead of pureeing it.

              Step 6: Serve Peach Puree

              Sweet, mild flavored peach puree is delicious plain. To introduce your baby to new textures and flavors, mix the puree with other fruits, meat or poultry, oatmeal, or full-fat yogurt. Try mixing peach puree with:

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                Sweet potatoes
                Butternut squash
                Applesauce
                Pear
                Strawberries
                Banana
                Full-fat Greek yogurt
                Baby oatmeal
                Chicken
                Turkey
                Beef

                  Step 7: Freeze Leftover Peach Puree

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

                  Note: Always check with your pediatrician before introducing your baby to a new food, particularly if your baby has food allergies. Additionally, some pediatricians do not recommend making your own carrot, beet, or spinach puree because these fresh veggies can be higher in nitrates.

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