Organic Baby Food Recipes
8-10 Months

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Organic baby food recipes - For 8-10 months with baby food preparation and baby food storage tips!

These are intended to be organic baby food recipes, pure and simple.   There's so much out there to protect your baby from. For more read, what is GMO and Dangers of Pesticides

Your organic baby food recipes start here!!

Introduce new foods one at a time using the 4 day rule and consult with your pediatrician if your baby shows any signs of food allergies. 

Do not use a microwave oven for cooking or thawing your baby's food...see Microwave Ovens for more information.

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Introducing Fruit
Organic Baby Food Recipes for 8-10 months

Apricots The best is organic, fresh, ripened to a orange-yellow and slightly soft. (Avoid dried apricots unless they're free of sulfurs)

Baby Food Preparation:  There’s a few ways to cook apricots….

Baking –  Halve, remove pits and place in baking dish open side down with in about 1 inch of water.    Bake at 400 until the skin shows signs of puckering.

Steaming – Halve, remove pits and steam until soft and tender.

Blanching – Bring pan of water to a boil, drop whole apricot into boiling water and allow to cook for approx 5 minutes.

After you have cooked the apricots and allowed them to cool, remove the skin (definitely o.k. to eat when they’re older) and puree.  If you need to make it thinner, just add a little water reserve from your baking.

Apricots are high in Beta Carotene aka Vit A, Vit C and lycopene.  (The combination of these 3 nutrients are recommended for heart disease and cancer.)

Baby Food Storage - Keep apricots cool to prevent them from becoming overly ripe.  Can be stored in your refrigerator for about a week or you can halve, remove pits and freeze them. 

BlueberriesWhen selecting blueberries, look for fresh, organic avoid if they’re squishy and/or bruised.  You can always buy organic frozen instead.

Baby Food Preparation:

1/2 pint of organic blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1/2 c. water

Bring water to a boil and add blueberries allow to simmer for approx. 15 minutes.
Using a slotted spoon (and saving the liquid) transfer berries to your blender/processor/mixer and puree.
If needed, add some of the liquid to blueberries.
(You can save the liquid to flavor cereals or yogurt)

Blueberries are commonly called super food because they are so high in antioxidants and contain Vit A, Vit C and have a healthy fiber. 

Baby Food Storage - Keep them refrigerated (can keep for two weeks) or you can freeze your puree.  Using ice cube trays is a handy way of freezing the puree.  Makes for quick and easy baby food preparation.

Mangos - It’s hard to tell if a Mango is ripe but the following tips should help.   It shouldn’t be hard, there should be a little give (like a ripe peach) yet firm.   The stem area should have a sweet smell also indicating it is ripe.   If you can’t find any ripe, placing in a paper bag will ripen them quickly.  

Baby Food Preparation:

Ripe mangos do not need to be cooked before serving your baby.  They’re very digestible and can easily be pureed or mashed after removing skin and pit.

Just be aware, mangos have a high fiber content which could cause diarrhea if you feed your little one too much.  Start slow and as always, do the 4 day rule.  

Mangos are also high in beta-carotene as seen in its orange flesh providing your baby  vitamin A, rich anti-oxidants to boost the immune system.  Also great source of Vits C, E, K, B6, potassium and copper.

Baby Food Storage - They will stay fresh refrigerated up to 5 days or you can freeze them.  (peel and dice them before freezing)

Peaches/Nectarines - A good organic ripe peach should be firm but have a little give to it – avoid those that are hard as well as those that seem squishy.  The skin around the stem should not be green but rather a yellowish.  There will also be a crease around the peach and you should be able to smell the peach aroma.  

Baby Food Preparation:

If you want to easily remove the skin you can drop the peach(es) in boiling water for 1 minute then remove with a slotted spoon directly placing in ice water, the skin should easily remove.   Dice and puree!!  (no cooking is necessary)

Peaches are rich in antioxidants, vit C, potassium, riboflavin and fiber.   As with all fruit high in fiber, be careful to not feed your baby too much which can lead to diarrhea. 

Baby Food Storage - Ready-to-eat peaches can be stored in the fridge for a few days, (place in a paper bag to ripen if necessary)   Keep in mind, peaches are delicate and bruise easily so avoid wire shelves or stacking to maximize shelf life.    You can also freeze peach puree or peach chunks and use later to add to cereal or mix with bananas for a favorite treat!

Plums/Prunes Choose organic plums without bruising, soft spots or cuts.   When purchasing prunes, (dried plums) be careful not to purchase any that have been dried with sulfurs or chemicals. Plums can be dried either by a food dehydrator or dried in the sun.

Baby Food Preparation:  4 Ways To Make Plum Puree

Steam – Peel, pit and quarter plums and steam until tender.   When you puree the plums, use the leftover cooking liquid to get the consistency you want.

Blanch – Bring about an inch of water in a pan to boil.   Make a slice into the plum(s) and place the sliced side down in water.  Allow to boil until tender.   Once cool, remove skin and pit.   Puree, using the cooking water for proper consistency.

Bake – Slice the plum into halves, remove pit and place open side down in a pan filled with 1 inch water.  Bake at 400F until tender.  Puree, using cooking water for proper consistency.

Boil – Drop plums or prunes into boiling water, allow to boil for 5-10 minutes.  Remove with slotted spoon to ice water.  Remove skins, pit and puree, using boiled water for liquid as needed.

Plums and prunes are very nutritious, high in fiber and low in cholesterol.  They are rich in Vits A & C.  They help maintain bowel regularity (great for constipation) but as with many other fruits, infact more so….be careful to not over indulge for that reason.

Baby Food Storage - Plums store well yet you should purchase them for use within a week as the longer they’re stored, the more they become bruised and overly ripe. Choose plums without bruising, soft spots or cuts.  Like apricots, prune puree will not freeze into a solid block.

There's many organic food recipes you can add these fruits to, think about your baby's cereal or yogurt, will even help those veggies go down a little easier.

Introducing Vegetables
Organic Baby Food Recipes for babies 8-10 months

BroccoliAs always, I recommend organic baby food recipes so it's important to look for organic broccoli with florets that are a dark green, sage or purple-green in color, avoiding any that appear some what greyish in color or yellow and free of any damage such as bruising.

Also, broccoli shouldn't be fed to a baby under 8-10 months or if your baby 8 months or older has digestive issues, it would be best to postpone introducing broccoli.   It's not as easy to digest as the other first veggies in 4-6 months.

Baby Food Preparation:

1 bunch of fresh, washed  broccoli 

Cut florets and upper portion of stems into small pieces.

Steam until tender and puree.   Use steam water for consistency you want.   Also, if you want a smoother puree, avoid adding any stems, steaming only the florets.

Broccoli is high in vit C and several vitamins and minerals.   It's also a great source of soluble fiber which helps loosen the bowels.  (too much could cause diarrhea)  If your baby doesn't like the taste, try adding some apple sauce to the broccoli. 

Baby Food Storage - Broccoli should stay fresh up to 4 days, store and refrigerate in a plastic bag.  You can also freeze the puree.  If you use an ice cube tray, cover with plastic and move to a freezer plastic bag once frozen.   You can easily thaw the cubes for future meals.

Cauliflower – In choosing your organic cauliflower, look for florets that are white, free of discoloration with the leaves green and free of discoloration, encompassing the flower.

Cauliflower is also a vegetable to wait until your baby is at least 8 months old.  Cauliflower is not as easy to digest as the first veggies and may cause gas.   If your baby has issues with digestion, it would be best to avoid.

Baby Food Preparation:

Remove green leaves and wash cauliflower.

Cut the flowers into small pieces and steam until tender

Puree using water from steaming. 

Cauliflower contains phytochemicals and is loaded with Vit A, C and calcium. 

Baby Food Storage - Refrigerate cauliflower in a plastic bag stem portion down. The stem portion in the downward position will help keep moisture from the flower, increasing the shelf life.

Cauliflower puree may be frozen but it will be a little watery when it is thawed.  Again, using a ice cube tray to freeze makes it simple for future uses.

Cucumber - When selecting your organic cucumbers make sure they are firm, no bruises or cuts. 

Cucumbers are great summer vegetables and can be offered to your baby after 8 months of age.

Baby Food Preparation:

Wash and peel cucumber.  (do not cook)

Slice open and remove the seeds.   Chop the remaining cucumber into cubes.

You can use a fork or food processor to break down the cucumber before feeding your baby.   You can also mix it with other baby’s favorite foods.

Cucumbers are good sources of Vitamin C and A and contain calcium and potassium.

Baby Food Storage - Store in refrigerator, do not consume once they become soft.  Best to eat fresh!

Eggplant - In choosing your organic eggplant,  look for deep color, smooth and shiny healthy skin.  Avoid those that are scarred or discolored.

Baby Food Preparation:

Wash, peel and remove seeds. 

Dice eggplant and steam until very soft and tender

Steam eggplant until it's very tender and soft.

Puree and serve!!

Eggplants are a good source of fiber, calcium, Vit A, K and folate along with other vitamins and minerals.

Baby Food Storage - Store in refrigerator with care.  (eggplants are delicate) and will keep longer uncut.

When it comes to veggies, don't forget to add some fruit to your organic baby food recipes if your baby is resisting the veggies...often that makes a huge difference, experiment and have fun!

Introducing Grains
Organic Baby Food Recipes for 8-10 months

Barley - Purchase only hulled or pearled organic barley

Baby Food Preparation:

Barley Baby Cereal

1/4 cup ground barley (barley ground in blender or food processor)
1 cup water

Add barley to boiling water.   Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes stirring constantly.

Great with added fruit!

Barley has many vitamins and minerals but stands out as a good source of Vitamin A, Folate and protein.

Baby Food Storage - Best to store in refrigerator in an air tight container.  Although boxed pearled barley can be stored in a cool dry place, eventually the natural oils can become rancid especially during the summer months.

Quinoa - You can find organic Quinoa whole, flaked or as flour.

Baby Food Preparation:

Whole Grain Quinoa Baby Cereal

1 cup whole quinoa (grind if you want it to be fine but stir as it cooks)
2 cups water

Rinse Quinoa first then add to 2 Cups of boiling water

Reduce heat and cover allowing to simmer 15 minutes or until water has been absorbed.  Allow to stand for 3-5 minutes, then fluff.   Great with a little added fruit!

Cooked Quinoa

Can be used for any meal just as you would rice.  You can mix it with other foods for the added benefits.

Quinoa is loaded with vitamins and minerals and is high in fiber, calcium, iron and folate.  

Baby Food Storage The whole grain can be stored in a cool dry place but best to refrigerate in an air tight container.  If you grind into flour (coffee grounder if you don't have anything else) it's important to refrigerate.

Just like I posted above with veggies, don't forget to add some fruit to your organic baby food recipes if your baby is resisting cereal and grains...often that makes a huge difference, experiment and have fun!

Introducing Meat!
Organic Baby Food Recipes for 8-10 months

Chicken/TurkeyOrganic fresh chicken or turkey is your best choice.   The white meat is high in protein, low in fat.  Darker meat is also high in protein but also higher in iron and fat than white meat.   If you want to puree, the darker meat would be easier due to the moister texture.

Baby Food Preparation:

Bake  375 for 20 minutes per pound  (juices will run clear) 

Stove Top – Cut up the meat and add to pan with a little water (keep enough water in pan to cover meat)   Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Either way, don’t forget to add some veggies while cooking!!

Once your meat is cooked and cooled, cube the meat and vegetables, add a little water and puree.   If it’s dry, you can keep adding water or the juices from meat… just don’t want it to be too rich when first introducing.

You can also mix with some grains that have already been introduces to your baby for a yummy and complete meal.

Both chicken and turkey is high in protein and iron.   Also, recommended as one of baby’s first meats since both are easily digested.

Baby Food Storage - You can either refrigerate the chicken in an air tight contain but best to consume within a 48 hr period.  OR, you can freeze the left over, ice cube trays work well for this. (cover with plastic before freezing)   Once frozen, transfer the cubes to a freezer storage bag, label and date.   You can make quick meals from storing food this way.  OR, you can use freezer safe glass such as Ball canning jars.  Regular glass jars will crack.

Lamb - Start with a good organic cut of lamb.  Cut lamb into cubes, then put in your food processor for about 15-20 seconds.   Now you have minced lamb.

Baby Food Preparation:

8 oz. (1 Cup) minced lamb
1 grated apple
1/2 C apple juice

In a heavy saucepan, cook the lamb well and drain any fat.
Add the apple juice and grated apple.
Still well, cover and let simmer for 20 mins.

Mash or puree as necessary, great with sweet potatoes!!!

Most people don't think of lamb when they think of great sources of omega-3 but it is.  Also a good source of B vitamins, folate, biotin, pantothenic acid and choline.

Baby Food Storage - Refrigerate in an air tight container if consuming within a 48 hr period.  To store in the freezer, use ice cube trays, cover with plastic and freeze.  Once frozen, transfer the cubes to a freezer storage bag, label and date.   You can make quick meals from storing food this way.  OR, you can use freezer safe glass such as Ball canning jars.  Regular glass jars will crack.

Yogurt - This is a category by itself but it's time to introduce your baby to this versatile favorite!

Lactose is broken down during the culturing process and proteins are limited allowing yogurt to be digested easier than milk.

Plain whole milk yogurt is best, especially if you find brands in health food stores.  You can add fruit to flavor and mix with cereals as well.

Good source of protein for this age!!

It's not always easy but so important to stick with organic baby food recipes.  For your peace of mind and your baby's health, it's worth it!

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