How to make pureed carrots for babies

Mmm! Carrot season in Rhode Island runs July through December, and I for one can’t get enough of them! Sweet and crunchy and perfect to eat raw, but also a staple for several wintertime comfort foods – carrots are in high demand in our household.

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Pureed baby carrots are super easy to make as well, and have been a huge hit with Itty Bitty.

Selecting Carrots

  • One regular sized carrot will equal about 3 ounces of baby food (about 3 ice cubes worth)
  • When choosing carrots, pick ones with a smooth form with a bright orange color
  • Avoid carrots with cracks or wilting greens
  • If you can get carrots with the greens still attached – even better!
  • Medium sized carrots are easier to work with than larger carrots
  • I don’t recommend pureeing “baby carrots” which are just big carrots cut into small sticks. They do not taste nearly as good as the real deal

Storing carrots

  • Cut off green tops – they steal the nutrients from the carrot
  • Carrots can be stored for several days

Make Baby Food

  • Rinse carrots in cold water, peel, remove top if you haven’t already and cut into small pieces. I usually just cut them into disks a quarter inch thick or so
  • Steam carrots until tender
  • Drain, but save the water for the puree
  • Cool the hot carrots. Trust me, the last thing you need is hot sprayed carrot steam all over your face.
  • Put that squishy carrot goodness into your food processor or blender and blend until it reaches your desired consistancy. Add water to help If your baby is ready to eat with their fingers, you can skip the purreeing part~

You can serve carrots alone, or mix it in with applesauce, peaches, broccoli, peas, brown rice, chicken, beef, you name it!

Save Leftovers: You can refrigerate leftovers for up to 3 days, or free your carrot puree for up to three months. Thaw frozen carrot puree overnight in your refrigerator.

Note: If your child eats tons of carrots (or sweet potatoes) they may turn a tad orange – just like you or I would if we ate a ton of carrots. Don’t be alarmed, but take this as a sign to start mixing up their diet a bit.

What is your favorite way to eat carrots?