Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Adventures in Baby Food #2: Plum Puree
This week we got some absolutely gorgeous little plums in our organic CSA box. Because the cousins of plums, peaches and nectarines, are on the so-called Dirty Dozen list, I was eager to make baby food from these even though I love, love, love me some fresh plums.
I followed the directions in a book called Mommy Made, which someone was kind enough to give me for free at their tag sale. Unfortunately, I think the book itself is out of print, but here's what I did:
You will need 6 small plums, washed, peeled, halved, and pitted. To peel plums easily, immerse them in a pot of boiling water for about 30 seconds, then remove and allow to cool. The peels should slip off easily with your fingers or a paring knife. Be careful when pitting them; blanched plums are slippery!
Place the prepared plums in a steamer basket (or cover with just enough water, as I did after my steamer disaster). Cover tightly and simmer for about two minutes. Test for doneness with a fork. Transfer plums from the pot to the food processor with a slotted spoon, reserving cooking water in case the puree needs to be thinned (mine didn't). Puree, cool, and transfer to a freezer tray. After cubes are frozen, transfer to a freezer bag and label with the date (most frozen fruit and vegetable purees keep about three months). This made six cubes/servings.
When I taste-tested the puree it seemed quite tart for baby tastes. I'll probably mix it with rice cereal or a milder flavor like banana.
Also, for those of you interested in making your own baby food, this seems like a really good site.