Many parents turn to apples as the first fruit they introduce to their baby, but pears are also a great option; if you’re into apples though, this method can be used to make apple baby food too. This recipe produces a smooth purée, but if you want to thicken it up a bit (and your baby is ready for some texture), throw a few chunks of ripe banana in the blender.
What to buy: We tried this recipe with a variety of pears, including Bosc, Anjou, and Bartlett, and were happy with all of the results.
Game plan: To reheat the baby food, let it thaw completely in the refrigerator, then heat in the microwave or on the stovetop. Stir well before serving.
This recipe was featured as part of our Make Your Own Baby Food project.
- Yield: 2 cups
- Difficulty: Easy
- Total: 20 mins
- Active: 20 mins
- 3 medium ripe pears, peeled, cored, and cut into small dice
- Place pears in a small saucepan and cover with 2 inches of water. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook until soft and starting to fall apart, about 7 minutes.
- Drain fruit and place in a blender. Blend on high until smooth, about 1 minute, stopping the blender halfway through to scrape down the sides. Let pear purée cool slightly, then divide into 1/4-cup portions, place in airtight containers, and refrigerate up to 5 days or freeze up to 6 weeks until ready to use.