Red or green apples?

Sammy - posted on 12/14/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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I want to make my daughters food! We havnt started yet, but want to stew some apples for her, but unsure as to what to do...

Should I use red or green? Do I steam or boil? And do I need to add anything to them?

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It's also worth browsing your local library if you can. I found some great ideas from Annabel Karmel's books and a gem called 'finger food for babies' that had all sorts of ideas of cooking meals into 'holdable' shapes (mini quiches, samosas, pancakes etc.) which is brilliant if you have a really independent eater! Some surprisingly young children want to feed themselves (my daughter at around 9 months for example!!)
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Jennifer - posted on 12/15/2009

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I also use the website www.wholesomebabyfood.com. It tells you what foods are good for the different age groups and the best way to prepare the foods. Making your own baby food is soooooo easy and you save a lot of money too! Good luck!

Shelagh - posted on 12/15/2009

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One apple is enough for a couple of meals at least. It doesn't matter what colour the apple is - they're naturally sweet, and don't need any added sugar. Put about 1/2 an inch/1cm of water in the bottom of a pan. Peel the apple, and take the core out, then slice it and put it into the water. Bring the water to the boil, then allow it to simmer gently until the apple is soft (you don't need much water, as the juice will come out of the apple as it cooks). You can break the apple up further with a fork (if your child is old enough for lumpy food), or use a food processor if you want it to be completely smooth. Have fun.

R. S. - posted on 12/15/2009

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I made all of my daughter's baby food! Parboil any fruit until soft, slide off the skin and then put through a grinder (I used the grinder on my Kitchenaid mixer). For veggies, boil until soft. For convenience, freeze the mush in an ice cube tray, and then just defrost as needed. I sent 2 cubes to the babysitter in the morning, and they'd be ready to eat by noon. Use sweet fruits, like sweeter apples. Consider also peaches, mangos, papaya, yams, aacorn squash, etc.

Sammy - posted on 12/14/2009

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My daughter is 5 months old! I'm not going to start her for another 2 or so weeks, but we had a big breakfast for everyone at our place on the weekend and have heaps of apples left over, so I thought I would get started and freeze it until she is ready for it!
Thank u to all of u, and I will check out that website Gretchen =)

Victoria - posted on 12/14/2009

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Since red apples are sweeter your baby would probably like the taste better than green. However if you are worried about sugar content go with granny smith apples because they have a little less sugar in them.

Megan - posted on 12/14/2009

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You need to buy the book Super Baby Food. It is such a good book on making your own baby food. I got it and just love it. It has crafts and other neat things in it too. Glad your making your own food too. It's much better for the baby and they get a lot more stuff than if you bought the jarred food. My daughter loves just about everything we have given her so far including avocado, squash and broccoli!!

Kate CP - posted on 12/14/2009

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Quoting Maribel:

No honey till the baby is over 6 yrs old to prevent 'botulism' . Sugar isn't healthy for baby...they don't know what it is so they won't miss it anyhow. Just enough water to boil them in and use that water to puree them.


You can give honey to a child over the age of 2 years. I've never heard of waiting until they are 6 years old.

Alka - posted on 12/14/2009

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i use to give my daughter Red apple...u din't mention ur daughter's age.....Don't boil them otherwise food will loss the Nutrition..start with a stew..but also try to scratch or scoop the apples with a spoon .My daughter is 15 month old...she is a food lover...but she doesn't like any Formula food...Its good to give them natural n home made food....

Maribel - posted on 12/14/2009

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No honey till the baby is over 6 yrs old to prevent 'botulism' . Sugar isn't healthy for baby...they don't know what it is so they won't miss it anyhow. Just enough water to boil them in and use that water to puree them.

Katherine - posted on 12/14/2009

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Quoting Kate:

I would use a sweet red apple like a fuji or a gala apple. Golden delicious are good, too. You don't want to use green as they are too sour and she probably won't eat them. Peel and core the apples, boil them in just enough water to cover them. Add a small amount of sugar to sweeten it if you like (DO NOT use honey if your daughter is under 2 years of age) and you can add cinnamon, too. Boil the apples until they are very tender and remove from water. Blend in a food processor until you have a nice mush. Serve warm and the baby should love it. :)


Well I think that covered it!!  You're so smart Kate, I love it :)  I just found out about the honey too.  I gave the little one honey graham crackers.........dumb dumb dumb

Sarah - posted on 12/14/2009

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My son is 5mths old and I make all his food myself. For breaky he has apples and pears (I use granny smith apples) and I just boil them for 5 - 10 mins until soft, I don't add anything at all - and he loves it. For dinner he has sweet potato, carrot and apple.. again nothing added - and he loves it. If you google homemade baby food you will find sites with heaps of ideas and recipes..

Gretchen - posted on 12/14/2009

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http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/
this is a great site for ideas on making your own babyfood. ..I have never made apples for my son I just gave him an apple to naw on =) he had two bottom teeth and would scrap the apple. .and I would watch him so he wouldn't get any big chunks. . .so when you make food for her make a big batch and pour it in ice cube trays to freeze and then put it in freezer bags so they don't get that gross stuff on them. oh you can also buy empty jars and put the food in there and freeze it so when you go places its ready to go
good luck in making baby food, its really easy and sooooo good =)

Rebecca - posted on 12/14/2009

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We did apples for our son also but i used my slow cooker. It saved all the juices of the apples and were really soft you didn't have to blend them after. They just fell apart.
Congrats on wanting to make food. Give yourself time to make it. I was working 60+ hours a week when our son started food so i din'dt get to keep up on it.
Good luck!

September - posted on 12/14/2009

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Good for you! We also made all of our son's food and continue to do so. Really you can use either or but I would suggest that you start with red since they tend to be a bit sweeter and not as tart as green. I would also suggest that you steam them rather than boil the apples since boiling them will boil out all the good stuff. I'm happy to talk more if you have any other questions about homemade foods :) Our son has never had jarred food and he is 13 months old and he is a great eater! Best wishes :)

Kate CP - posted on 12/14/2009

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I would use a sweet red apple like a fuji or a gala apple. Golden delicious are good, too. You don't want to use green as they are too sour and she probably won't eat them. Peel and core the apples, boil them in just enough water to cover them. Add a small amount of sugar to sweeten it if you like (DO NOT use honey if your daughter is under 2 years of age) and you can add cinnamon, too. Boil the apples until they are very tender and remove from water. Blend in a food processor until you have a nice mush. Serve warm and the baby should love it. :)

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