Apple or pear purée
It is easy to make quick, nutritious meals for your baby at any age – especially if you make up batches of purée to freeze. What’s more, it’s a lot cheaper than store bought jars of food, you know exactly what’s in it and you know it’s made with love! This apple or pear purée is easy to make and delicious for babies and young children. It's a nice first solid full of fruity goodness.


1 cup apples or pears, peeled, cored and cut into pieces
¼ cup (60ml) water, preferably filtered


  1. Place the apples or pears and water into a stainless steel saucepan, bring to the boil and simmer for 10-15 minutes until soft.
  2. Purée using some of the cooking liquid to thin to desired consistency.
  3. Spoon into sterilised ice cube trays, let cool to room temperature and freeze until required.

In general

The basic recipe for making any simple fruit or vegetable purée is to use 1 cup fruit or vegetables and ¼ cup water, boiled or steamed for 10-15 minutes until soft. Purée in a blender, food processor, stick blender or use a fork to mash. Let cool to room temperature, then spoon into ice cube trays that have been sterilised by pouring boiling water over them, and freeze.

For babies 6 - 9 months old, start with tiny tastes of simple vegetable and fruit purées – just a teaspoon or two at lunch. Then, when you’re sure your baby is not allergic to anything, you can start mixing and matching.

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