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Homemade Baby Food Recipes: Pear Puree

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This recipe is one of Layla’s absolute favorites. Initially, I think the texture of pear weirded her out (because it’s very different from avocado and sweet potato), but once she got used to it she couldn’t get enough. Pear mixed with oatmeal is a sure thing in our house. A little trick: I mix pear with green beans (or other green veggies she might not like) to help get her used to them, and she gobbles it up!

And pear is so good for your little ones! Loaded with fiber and Vitamin C – pear helps reduce constipation in babies and keeps their immune systems strong. I make pear in BULK and keep it in our freezer because we go through it so quickly. Luckily, with this recipe, you can easily make pear puree any time you need it!

Kitchen Tools I Used for This Recipe:

  • Durable, covered, ice cube trays for freezing. I like these from Mumi & Bubi because they come with a cover, a recipe book, and the cubes are super easy to get out.
  • A great blender. I used our Vitamix to puree large quantities at the same time – which was super convenient. You don’t need a “baby food maker” – any great blender will do. And if you have a Vitamix you can use it for so many other things besides baby food!

Of course, there will be times when you’re on the go and need a healthy pre-made option for your little one. And in those cases, I’d recommend buying one of the pouches on my list of the healthiest baby food pouches.

For more information, 150+ recipe ideas and ways to help develop your baby’s palate and turn them into a healthy foodie (vs. a true picky eater), check out my Baby Food Cookbook here

Or, are you looking for ideas for healthy, easy family meals that your little one can eventually help prepare in the kitchen? If so, pick up a copy of my newest cookbook: Kid Chef Junior.

Lastly, if you’re looking for a healthy formula that you can mix this puree with to feed to your little one, this post will help you find the best organic formulas on the market today!

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Homemade Baby Food Recipes: Pear Puree

Loaded with fiber and Vitamin C – pear helps reduce constipation in babies and keeps their immune systems strong. I make pear in BULK and keep it in our freezer because we go through it so quickly.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Baby Food
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 ounces

Ingredients

  • 5 organic pears
  • 6-8 oz water for a thicker puree, use less water (and adjust water as needed)

Instructions

  • Wash fruit. (Any type of pear will do - I use Bosc or Bartlett).
  • Cut pears in half and remove seeds and stem. Cut each half into 6 pieces.
  • Put pear and water into a large pot. Turn the burner on high and cover with a lid.
  • Cook for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally until the pears are soft and can be pureed.
  • Blend in a blender, puree until smooth.
  • Pour into ice cube trays, allow to cool, wrap/cover, and freeze.
  • Thaw in the fridge the night before use, or thaw by putting the ice cube in a bowl over a bowl of hot water on the counter to defrost.

Notes

Spice up your baby's food! To pear puree, you can add a pinch of ginger powder, a pinch of cinnamon, or even a bit of mint.
1 ice cube = 1 oz of food
Adapted from BabyLove
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30 responses to “Homemade Baby Food Recipes: Pear Puree”

  1. Hi! If you leave the peel on before boiling… do you just rinse them with water first? Also do you use the water you boiled them with and mix that with the pear?

    • Hi Caroline! Yup, I wash the pears with water first, and then I use the water I boiled them with and mix that with the pear for the puree so that none of the nutrients are lost in the cooking process!

  2. My 6 month daughter isnt a huge fan of rice cereal so I was a little worried. She gobbled up the pears like it was candy.

    • Hooray! I’m so happy to hear that Serena! This puree was one of my kids’ favorites too, and sometimes I’ll still make it for them mixed with apples cooked down like an “applesauce!”

    • Yup absolutely!! The peel will get soft while steaming – soft enough to puree. I actually recommend leaving the peel on all fruits (apples/pears/etc) before steaming and making into a puree for the added fiber and nutrients!

    • Hi Gwen! You can do either one – usually I boil the pear in a small amount of water and then use that water to blend the pear into a puree. But you can also steam the pear and then add a little water when you blend it! Either way will work!

  3. Can you please let me know why to cook the pear before we blend it? My baby’s 5 month old. I made the pear purée without cooking it. Will it be a problem to my lil one ?

    • Hi Raj! You don’t have to cook the pear before blending it – but cooking the pear will yield a smoother puree, since the pear is softened as it cooks (making it easier to blend completely). But either way is totally fine!

  4. Thank you for this recipe, I’m hoping it will help with my daughter’s constipation. She has just started tasting foods this week since I started weening her. Fingers crossed!

    • Hi Kirstin! No problem at all! I hope she loves this recipe – it will help with constipation (pears, prunes, peaches all help). I still make pear puree sometimes and add it into my kids’ oatmeal! 🙂

  5. Hello!! My son is mainly tube fed due to having Spinal Muscular Atrophy but thanks to treatment he is getting strong enough to eat orally. We already add a jar of pears in his mix but I want only the best so decided to make what goes in his mix and what he will be eating orally. I made pureed pears for the first time and notice the pears edges turned a little purple. It went away when pureed. The water was completely purple as well. Is this normal?? Thank you!!

    • Hi Sarah! That’s great that your son is getting strong enough to eat orally, but I can’t imagine what you have gone through with his condition! You are an amazing strong mama! For the pureed pears – did you use bosc or red anjou pears? Their skin is brown/red, so I could see the edges turning a little purple potentially in that case. I haven’t had that happen when I’ve used green (bartlett, anjou, etc.) pears though!

    • Hi Amber! Yes you can! But if you do use breastmilk instead of water and freeze it, then I’d use all the purees within 3-4 months vs. 6 months (which is how long they will last when made with water and then frozen).

    • Hi Sandra! You don’t have to peel the pear – the peel will become soft enough to puree when it’s cooked down (and then you retain all of the fiber and nutrients from the peel in the puree!)

  6. This article made me smile so much because it is so easy! Simple instructions with a touch of love! My baby just turned 5 months and I wish to make her first pureed foods. I’m glad you mentioned putting pear in with the veggies. I was wondering how I could make the veggies more, “enjoyable!” I am actually excited to do this! Can’t wait to start! Thank you.

    • Hi Lauren!! I’m so excited for you to try this recipe with your little one! So yes, pear is a great one to use with veggies – but if your little one can tolerate it, I’d recommend alternating between bites of pear and bites of veggies. That way your baby gets used to the idea that not everything has a sweet-ish flavor. Another way to make veggies more palatable is to mix them with plain, whole milk yogurt! Both of my kids have loved any veggie mixed with plain yogurt – I think it cuts the bitterness of the veggies a bit without making them too sweet! Good luck and keep me posted on how it goes!

    • Yay!! So fun to meet a fellow Ann-Arbor local! Can’t wait to hear how your little one likes these baby food recipes!

    • Hi Justin! No I don’t — I just cook the pears down long enough so the peels basically melt into the puree when you blend it all. The peel has a lot of fiber and nutrients so it’s important to keep it in the puree!

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