Aside from being sweet and delicious, strawberries are rich in cancer-fighting flavonoids, vitamin C, manganese and fiber. However, as they have some of the highest pesticide residues, buy organic whenever possible. Look for firm, plump strawberries that have a deep red color, with the green tops attached. They will not ripen further once picked, so avoid strawberries that are yellow or look underripe. Strawberries will stay fresh, in their container or a plastic bag, in the refrigerator for about 5 days. Strawberries are at their peak in the summer, but you can use frozen when fresh are out of season. If you have a family history of allergies, consult your pediatrician before introducing. Strawberries stain-take care when preparing and serving.
This recipe is suitable for babies 10-12 months, toddlers, big kids and adults. Always make sure the consistency of your baby's food is one he can handle. Before combining food, make sure your baby has tried each one individually first. Although this recipe is a smooth and creamy consistency, it is recommended to wait until your baby is 10-12 months before introducing strawberries. You can substitute blueberries for babies 7-9 months.
What you'll need:
4 large apples - washed, peeled, cored and chopped. Nearly all varieties of apple make delicious applesauce, just avoid tart varieties like Granny Smith and Pippin.
1 large container of strawberries (about 10-12 berries) - washed with the green stem removed
Cinnamon - (optional)
*Pour purified water into a pot until it is about 1 inch deep and bring to a boil over high heat.
*Put the chopped apples into a steamer basket and place the basket into the pot. The water should not touch the bottom of the basket. Cover with a tight fitting lid and steam for about 7 minutes until apples are cooked through. (If you are using frozen strawberries, steam them with the apples before pureeing)
*Place the apples and strawberries into a food processor and pulse until smooth.
*Add a dash of cinnamon if desired.
*Extra can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator and up to 3 months in the freezer.