Pears are a versatile fruit that can be combined with many other ingredients to make a deliciously nourishing baby food.
Remember, always consult with your pediatrician regarding introducing new foods to your baby.
How to prepare Pears for baby food
before we jump head first into some delicious pear baby meals, let us take a step back and examine how you can easily prepare pears.
The majority of recipes will call for your pear to bee peeled and cored. Fortunately, the process is dead simple. If you have never peeled a pear before, simply follow the instructions below.
Grab your potato peeler (or vegetable peeler, whatever you call it) and work your way around the pear peeling vertically from top to bottom. Next, grab an apple corer and stab it vertically through the center of the pear. Your corer should enter where the top stem is and exit out the bottom center of the pear. If needed use a knife to cut horizontally across the base of the pear to remove any peel or "bottom stem" you missed.
If you are cooking a lot of baby food with pear or apples then a great corer can really make your life easier.
I personally use the OXO corer below, I love the large easy to grip handle as well as the fact that I can throw it in the dishwasher without a second thought.
Style: As pictured.
Stainless steel head. Easy to use. Dishwasher safe.
Now that you know how to ready a pear to use in baby food recipes, let us look at some tasty meals you can prepare to test your pear preparation skills.
1. Simple pear baby puree
A simple single ingredient recipe starring pears. Quick, easy and tasty.
4 sweet ripe pears (peeled, cored, cubed)
Steam pears for 10 minutes or until soft and leave to cool. Add steamed pear pieces to blender or food processor and puree until it reaches your baby's preferred consistency. Serve as is or refrigerate for up to 3 days. Add excess to an ice cube tray and freeze for up to 3 months.
Bonus Tip: If looking to add a second ingredient to mix up this recipe, pear goes well with apples, avocado, banana, blueberry, mango peach, or even breast milk or
2. Vanilla baked pears
Baking helps bring out the natural sweetness of pears. This recipe uses cinnamon as an optional ingredient as some baby's don't like the flavor. If your baby loves cinnamon, be sure to include it.
4 sweet ripe pears (cored, halved) 1 vanilla bean pod of seeds (halve bean, remove seeds) (optional) 1 pinch of cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350F Place pears face down in a baking dish. Place dish in oven and bake for 25 minutes or until the skin is golden and puckered and the flesh is tender. Set aside pears to cool then using your fingers, peel the skin (the skin should easily peel right off). Combine roasted pears, vanilla and cinnamon (if included) in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Serve as is. Refrigerate for 3 days or freezes for up to 3 months.
3. Baked pear baby mash
A plain variation of the above recipe. Baked pears make a wonderful finger food or can be mashed further.
4 sweet ripe pears (skin removed and cored, quartered)
Preheat oven to 350F Place pears in a baking dish and fill with approximately one inch of water. Bake pears for 25 minutes or until soft and tender. Allow pears to cool. At this point, they can be used as finger food. If your baby prefers puree or mash, continue one. Either mash pear with a fork or add to blender and puree until your baby's preferred consistency is reached.
Bonus Tip: Looking for a way to mix this recipe up? Bake 3 peeled bananas (cut lengthways and then halved) along with the pears and mash together for a sweet and creamy meal.
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4. Pear and avocado baby popsicles
A delicious meal and a teething soother in one. Popsicles are also a great way to beat the heat in summer.
2 ripe pears (skin removed and cored) 2 avocados (skin removed, pitted) (optional) 2 teaspoons unsweetened apple juice
Combine ingredients in a blender and puree until a smooth consistency is reached. Taste the mixture, if you believe the mixture is not sweet enough, add apple juice and blend further. Add mixture to popsicle molds and freeze overnight. If your baby can only eat half a popsicle before giving up then half fill each popsicle mold.
Bonus Tip: If you choose not to freeze the pear and avocado mixture you can serve it as a great tasting puree or mash with a fork for a chunkier meal.
5. Pear and greens baby puree
Forget fruit and vegetables, try this surprisingly delicious fruit and vegetable recipe that your baby will surely love.
1 ripe pears (skin removed and cored) 2 cups green beans (chopped) 1/2 cup peas
Steam green beans and peas until soft and tender. Set aside steaming water. Combine all ingredients in blender and puree until desired consistency is reached using the steaming water to thin the puree if required. Serve to your baby as is. Refrigerate for 3 days or freezes for up to 3 months.
Another delicious vegetable and fruit combination.
1 ripe pears (skin removed and cored) 1/4 head broccoli (chopped)
Steam broccoli until soft and tender. Set aside water used for steaming. Combine all ingredients in blender and puree until desired consistency is reached using the steaming water to thin the puree if required. Serve to your baby as is. Refrigerate for 3 days or freezes for up to 3 months.
Bonus Tip: Looking to make this recipe even more nutritious? Add 1/4 head of a small cauliflower and steam with the broccoli.
7. Pear Tropicana baby drink
A delicious baby drink that is both nourishing and tasty.
1 ripe pear (skin removed and cored) 1/2 banana (peeled) 1/2 mango (pitted and peeled) Oat milk (or rice milk or coconut water) 1 tablespoon tahini
Combine all ingredients in blender except your "milk" and puree until smooth. To thin out mixture slowly add your chosen "milk" and puree until a drinking consistency is reached. Serve in a sippy cup.
Bonus Tip: You can leave the "milk" out and simply mash all ingredients together with a fork for a delicious tropical tasting baby mash.
Do you know any homemade baby food recipes prominently featuring pears? If you have a recipe or modification you would love to share, leave it below.
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