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Best Ways to Cook Fruit & Vegetable Purees

Learn about the best cooking methods for making fruit and vegetable purees from Petit Organics founder Michelle Muller-Marinis in this Howcast video.


I'm going to review the top methods for preparing baby food for your child. There are methods that are as simple as no cooking, like an avocado, a banana, and just simply mashing it. One of my favorite techniques is to steam, and the reason behind that is because you retain about 90% of the nutritional content of the fruit or vegetable that's being steamed. So, apples are great for that, carrots, pears. The next method would be boiling. Boiling is great. It takes a little bit less time than steaming; however, you do lose a lot more vitamins and minerals into the water. 

So, if you can steam, it's better to do that. I think that usually zucchini, squashes, summer squash are best boiled as opposed to steamed, because sometimes with steaming those you'll get a little bit of a more bitter flavor out of them. The last technique I want to talk about is roasting. And roasting you do lose a little more vitamins and minerals than you would with steaming; however, I prefer these methods for squash, butternut squash, acorn squash, sweet potatoes, and especially broccoli. Broccoli tends to come out very bitter when it's steamed or boiled, and when you roast it in the oven it comes out with a beautiful earthy, creamy flavor and most babies are very happy to have broccoli, which is not always the case when it's steamed. So those are the top methods that you would use in making your own baby food at home.

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