Hey everyone! It has been a long time since I’ve posted new recipes. The past few years have been a crazy but joyful roller coaster, as my husband and I welcomed our first child into this world. So after a year and a half of broken sleep, I decided to take some more time off to catch up on all the shows and movies I missed and to just take a step back from my hobby. I never thought a Carrot Purée entry would ever be my comeback to posting! I’m also dabbling into creating YouTube video/tutorials for my recipes and this Carrot Purée recipe is gonna be the first (video below), cause you know, you gotta roll with the trend (though I might be too late since apparently Tik Tok is now a new place for stuff like these, and I’m too old for Tik Tok!).
So like most first time mums, I was one of those that wanted to make homemade baby food for my baby. As soon as my son’s paediatrician gave the green light to start solids, I immediately went online shopping (who has time and the energy to leave the house), got myself a Phillips Avent 4-in-1 baby food maker, baby food storage pots, some cute tableware and cutlery, bibs and of course, the fruits and vegetables itself.
When the baby food maker arrived, I was SO excited that I immediately washed it and started cooking. I was a nervous wreck while preparing his first purée! Making sure that everything was perfect, from the produce to the consistency, and the taste. That afternoon, my husband and I gathered to feed our son his first solids. TOTAL FAIL.
Turns out, kiddo REALLY hates carrots, even till now at 3 years old – probably from the trauma of his first solids experience. He also was that baby who preferred store-bought baby food. I gave in, and accepted that he likes store-bought baby food and I kept the baby food maker away. After a bit, I tried again. Still nope. So when he started having stage 2 (basically over-boiled consistency) of baby food, I’d prepare it in the baby food maker. It’s still in use now as I still make carrot purée for him as he will tolerate it now.
If you are a new parent, I’d suggest you to read up about feeding/cooking for your baby. The Pediatrician’s Guide to Feeding Babies and Toddlers : Practical Answers To Your Questions on Nutrition, Starting Solids, Allergies, Picky Eating, and More (For Parents, By Parents) book helped me a lot.
Check out my first full recipe video here!
I am using the Philips Avent 4 in 1 Baby Food Maker in this recipe. The directions in this recipe is per manual. If you are using a different steamer, please follow the instructions on the manual.
As you may have noticed, there’s no amount given with the list of ingredients. This is because I simply go according to the max line on the blending jar. I cook in bulk and freeze the rest for another day.
- Peel, rinse and cut carrots into small cubes. (according to the manufacturers manual, food should be cut into cubes no bigger than 1cm)
- Fill 200ml of filtered water* – or till it reaches the 20 minute mark
- Turn the dial to 20
- Once the steamer beeps, turn it to the blending function.
- Open carefully, discard some water for thicker purées, add butter**
- Blend in intervals till desired consistency.
- * Filtered water : Using filtered water will help reduce the chalk build up in your appliances where water is needed. Regular tap water is fine to use too.
- ** Butter : Add any healthy fats such as butter, olive oil (taste might be too overpowering), or avocado oil. This was the recommendation from my son’s paediatrician and can be omitted. Actually, the recommendation was to use rapeseed oil, but since learning and eating the keto way, I only use these 3 oils for my son.
- Make purées in bulk and freeze them. You can also add it to sauces and soups for an additional veggie boost.