Are your little ones starting to wean?
As a new mom, you’re pretty excited to start your kids on solid foods.
Benefits Of Carrot For Babies
Carrot puree is an excellent food starter for babies.
Not only it’s rich in beta carotene, but also babies find it easy to digest and rarely get any allergic reactions.
It’s high in fiber, helping constipated infants.
It also strengthens the immune system and supplies phytochemicals, iron, calcium and vitamin C.
Once your little ones reach 6 months, you can add carrot purees into their diet.
Check out this video below if you don’t like text-version of making carrot baby food.
Learn how to make carrot puree by following the step-by-step instruction.
Your 6-month old babies can eat up to 8 ounces a day. Using this recipe will leave you with some leftovers.
Check out the FAQs below to learn what to do leftovers.
DIY Carrot Puree Recipe
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
2 lbs organic carrots
2 cups of water
Servings: 24 portions
- Peel carrots and cut into small chunks (about 1 inch.
- Put the carrots into a steamer set. Make sure the water is already boiled. Cover and let it cook until tender (15 to 20 minutes).
- Drain carrot and rinse with cold water for 3 minutes to stop the cooking process.
- Place tender carrots into Vitamix (or other high-powered blender or food processor). Puree until smooth while adding water until you’ve reached your desired consistency.
- If mixture is too thick, add water or breastmilk.
Why Make Your Own Carrot Puree for Babies
Just like most varieties, homemade baby food carrots absolutely blow store-bought jarred varieties out of the water. There is absolutely no contest when it comes to the rich, slightly sweet, flavor when you make your own!Source
Carrot Baby Food Combinations
Carrot alone is delicious.
But let your babies try different solids.
You can mix carrots with other veggies such as applesauce, sweet potatoes, brown rice, broccoli, peaches, butternut squash, zucchini, and green beans.
This healthy and yummy combination will tempt your kids’ taste buds.
Frequently Asked Questions About Making Carrot Puree
1. What kind of carrots is the best for making baby food carrots?
I recommend using either whole organic carrots or organic baby carrots. Using the latter cuts out the peeling step, which can save a lot of time in the process!Source
Look for firm carrots with a smooth exterior and a rich orange color. One medium carrot yields about three ounces of puree.Source
Keep in mind, there is a big difference in taste from organic to non-organic carrots. Organic carrots tend to have a much stronger carrot flavor, while non-organic carrots can seem more watery.Source
2. Should you use “baby carrots”?
Baby cut carrots are cleansed in a solution that often contains chlorine so that they will not turn white while in the package. Skip these carrots and opt to peel and cut your own, especially if you will be making carrot baby food!Learn more about the inventor of the “baby carrot”.Source
3. Is it necessary to peel the carrots for baby food?
Peeling removes any dirt, pesticides or other unwanted contaminants that remain on the taproot after harvesting.
4. Boil vs Steam?
Steaming is the best way to retain the nutritional values in the carrots.
It also makes it easier for the body to digest.
5. What to do with leftovers
You can refrigerate the leftovers in BPA-free storage boxes for up to 3 days. Remember that refrigerator storage can increase nitrates.
If you want to keep them for longer shelf life (up to 3 months), freeze them. Whenever you want to feed your babies, thaw them overnight in the fridge.