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How to Thin or Thicken Purees

Learn how to thin or thicken homemade baby food purees from Petit Organics founder Michelle Muller-Marinis in this Howcast video.


So, once you've prepared your baby food, sometimes it'll come out a little thinner or thicker than your baby would prefer, so there's very, very simple methods to thin or thicken the food. So, sometimes a puree, like an apple puree, may be a little bit runny for your child. A very, very easy way would be to prepare a rice cereal, quinoa cereal, oat cereal and then mix it in and thicken it to the point that your child finds the consistency they prefer. If it's a little bit too thick, maybe this one's a little bit thick for your baby, you would just add a little bit of water in, stir, stir, stir, until you thin it down to the consistency that your child prefers. Water, breast milk, formula are all excellent thinners and thickeners are definitely the baby cereals.

So, if you need to thicken or thin your baby food, you can really do it at any point during the preparation process. Some people prefer to thin it out in the blender in order to bring it down to a much thinner consistency, so adding the water, breast milk, or formula at that point is great. Other people prefer to leave the puree a little thicker and then as they serve out the portion size you can thin it down as needed. Of course if you store it a little bit thinner, you would want to thicken it up prior to each serving. One thing that is important is that if you use breast milk or formula as a thinning agency, you definitely don't want to store that in the fridge or freezer because it will spoil and cause food born illness.

So, when you are making your own baby food at home, one of the biggest benefits is that you can tailor it to your child's exact texture preference, so these are very, very simple ways that you can make adjustments at home for your child.

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