This homemade pear puree is an easy baby food recipe that's made with only two ingredients- pears and water! Making homemade pear baby food costs so much less than store-bought jars! It's easy to make it organic too, by using organic pears!
Pears are one of the first fruits I introduce to my babies, and they all go crazy for them. They are sweet, and full of fiber to help keep things moving in the digestive tract (if you know what I mean), plus it's so easy to make baby pear baby food at home!
I always have made my baby food from scratch, from sweet potatoes, to baby food carrots, to combinations like pumpkin apple baby food, I always prefer homemade over store bought! Same with lactation cookies - you need to keep your milk supply up even when your baby starts eating solids so make your own! Not only does making your own baby food save SO much money, but it's also easy to make it organic with minimal ingredients!
This homemade pear puree is an easy baby food recipe that is great for little ones of all ages. It's made with only two ingredients- pears and water - with the option of adding some cinnamon once you're certain your baby isn't allergic to pears!
How to make Pear Puree for Baby
There are two ways to make baby food pears. For younger babies with sensitive tummies, I recommend cooking the pears first. For older babies who still love their purees, you can simply blend fresh pears with water, no cooking required! I will show you how to make baby food pears that are cooked!
Cut and Cook the pears
Begin by cutting each pair into about six pieces. Then place the pears into the container of a slow cooker.
When using 8 small pears (which measured to be about 6 cups), add ½ cup of water.
Next, cook the pears (if desired). I have used two methods to cook pears to make pear puree:
- Slow cooker - Cook the pears on high for 1-2 hours, or until the they are soft. Notice they will change color as they cook! I love this method because I just toss them in the slow cooker and walk away. No need to watch them as they steam!
- Steam on the stovetop - If you'd prefer, simply put the pears in a pot with the water, or in a steaming basket, and steam the pears on the stovetop for about 10-20 minutes, until they are soft.
Place the contents of slow cooker (water and cooked pears) into a Vitamix Blender (or anther high-powered blender). Blend for 30-60 seconds until smooth.
Store or serve to baby
Transfer the pear puree to ice cube trays to freeze, or individual containers to store in the refrigerator. I love these silicone ice cube trays. I found them after I had baby #4 and I couldn't believe I went so long using floppy, difficult trays! These silicone ice cube trays have a firm outer rim, making them easy to transport, and a lid for storage! The wells hold a good amount of puree too!
To reheat frozen pear puree:
Reheat one or two cubes of pear puree in a glass container in microwave for 40-60 seconds. You could also warm it on the stovetop or let it thaw at room temperature for several hours!
FAQS: Pear Puree for Baby
Here are some frequently asked questions about pear baby food!
The answer to this question depends on the age of your baby and softness of the pears. I prefer to cook pears to make pear puree until my baby is 8-10 months old because it makes them easier on their tiny little tummies. If you buy soft, juicy pears, you can blend them without cooking them!
Once your baby is 8-10 months old, you can feed him or her raw, peeled pears. I recommend peeling to reduce the risk of gagging and choking. Also, be sure to stay very near your baby when you feed her finger foods, to prevent choking. Before 8 months, I recommend cooking the pears before feeding them to your baby for easier chewing and digestion.
You can feed cooked and pureed pears to your baby at 6 months old!
No! Quite the contrary! I find the fibrous nature of pears keeps the systems flowing (if you know what I mean)!
I recommend using organic pears, especially if you will be cooking and pureeing them with the skins on. My babies have loved all pears, but I try to stick to soft, sweet varieties like Anjou, Bartlett, Bosc, and Comice!
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Pear Puree for Baby (Pear Baby Food)
- 8 small pears about 6 cups
- ½ cup water
- Cut pears into slices.
- Add pear slices and water to the container of a slow cooker.
- Cook in slow cooker on high for 2 hours.
- Place the contents of slow cooker into a Vitamix Blender (or anther high-powered blender).
- Blend for 30-60 seconds until smooth.
- Transfer to ice cube trays to freeze, or individual containers to store in the refrigerator.
What kind of pears are good for baby food?I recommend using organic pears, especially if you will be cooking and pureeing them with the skins on. Stick to soft, sweet varieties like Anjou, Bartlett, Bosc, and Comice!
How to steam pears on the stovetopIf you'd prefer to not use a crockpot, simply put the pears in a pot with the water, or in a steaming basket, and steam the pears on the stovetop for about 10-20 minutes, until they are soft.
How to store pear pureeTransfer the pear puree to ice cube trays to freeze, or individual, airtight containers to store in the refrigerator.
To reheat frozen pear puree:Reheat one or two cubes of pear puree in a glass container in microwave for 40-60 seconds. You could also warm it on the stovetop or let it thaw at room temperature for several hours!
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