Prune Plums are in season here in British Columbia, so I asked my brother in the Okanagan to pick up several pounds for me to put away in the freezer.
Has anyone else noticed how hard it is to come by frozen plums. You can find just about every other kind of fruit in the frozen foods section at your local grocer but plums? nada! One of my favourite smoothies is this Plum Ginger one. Now I have plenty of plums stashed away so I can enjoy a plum smoothie whenever I want.
The other night I decided to use some of my precious plums to make some prune purée for my ten month old granddaughter Little K. Talk about precious, my heart melts every time she looks at me with those beautiful blue eyes of hers.
For that first batch, I only used about 2-3 plums. The portion was too small for my big Blendtec Blender, so I used a mini-food processor. It did not do a very good job of breaking down the skins. I had to use a small colander to strain the purée and ended up putting the skins in the compost. Baby still got most of the nutrients and she loved the fresh homemade treat I made from scratch. Happy Baby equals Happy Nana
This time I decided to make a bigger batch and freeze the extra in an ice-cube tray so I have small baby size portions. The amount of plums I used today made about 6 servings for Baby and the Blentec did a beautiful job of breaking down the skins too. Lots of fibre and good nutrients for our Little K.
I think I need to get myself one of those Blendtec Twister Jars. They’re designed for making baby food, as well as many other things. Christmas is coming kids…hint hint.
Little K was not very happy when she realised the bowl was empty.
I’ve only ever made this purée using frozen pitted prune plums. If you have dried prunes you would like to use, see “Dried” Prune Puree by momtastic Wholesome Baby Food. Keep in mind that during processing, packed dried prunes are often treated with preservatives. If you make your own purée from scratch using fresh plums or ones you’ve tucked away in the freezer, you know exactly what baby is getting.
Tutorial: Prune Plum Purée For Baby
Summary: When you make your own purée from scratch you know exactly what has gone into baby’s food.
Gluten Free | Grain Free | Dairy Free | Egg Free | Sugar Free | Vegan | Vegetarian
- fresh or frozen prune plums, cleaned and pitted. I used about 1 Cup frozen, equal to about 12 fresh prune plums.
- water. I used about 1/4 Cup
- Fill bottom of saucepan with about 1/4 inch of water. I used about 1/4 Cup of water in a medium saucepan. Add plums.
- On medium heat, bring to a boil, turn heat down to low. Allow to simmer until most but not all the water is gone. About 5-15 minutes, depending on how much fruit and water you used. Mine took about 12 minutes.
- The liquid will thicken and the plums will become slightly caramelised, thus avoiding the need to add sugar. Watch fairly closely, you don’t want the pot to boil dry.
- Remove from heat, allow to cool.
- In a blender or food processor, blend until smooth.
- Chill and serve within a few days, or freeze in ice-cube size portions for later use.
- If your blender doesn’t break the skins down into a fine purée, use a small colander to strain the blended fruit and remove the skins to the compost.
Preparation time: 2 minute(s)
Cooking time: 5-15 minute(s)
Diet type: Vegan | Vegetarian
Diet tags: Gluten Free | Grain Free | Dairy Free | Egg Free | Sugar Free
Number of servings (yield): 6
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Scientific research has shown that if women take 0.4 mg of Folic Acid 3-4 months prior to and during pregnancy, the risk of neural tube defects such as spina bifida is reduced by up to 75%. Please consult your physician to determine what is the right amount of Folic Acid for you.
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