Blueberries are full of antioxidants and vitamins so they are an ideal food to introduce during your baby’s weaning process. These sweet little berries are unlikely to cause an allergic reaction and are super healthy.
Sweet-tart blueberries make a wonderful combination with sweet apple, pear, and banana purees, and it is perfect for babies who are ready for multi-fruit or veggie purees.
Blueberries are great for infants, toddlers, and parents too. You can transform fresh or frozen blueberries into an incredibly smooth and tasty blueberry puree to enjoy in their raw form. Instructions for the puree are next.
Buy and Wash Blueberries
You can make a blueberry puree with fresh or frozen blueberries. You can buy fresh in the summer and frozen in the winter so either way, you get high-quality, inexpensive blueberries the whole year.
When buying fresh, check for purple fruits that have a uniform hue and are clear of nicks, scratches, and other imperfections when buying fresh blueberries.
Because blueberries belong to the “dirty dozen” foods with the highest accumulation of pesticides, it is a smart option to purchase organic. Half a cup of blueberries yields approximately four ounces of purée.
To kill bacteria, wash the blueberries with a mixture of three parts water and one part white vinegar. Rinse them under cold running water, then dry.
If they are not ripe or frozen, steam the blueberries. Ignore this step if your blueberries are ripe. If you’re dealing with blueberries that are underripe or are frozen, put the fruit in a steamer and simmer for three minutes.
Ingredients In Blueberry Puree
You just need blueberries and water to make this simple baby food. Depending on the season of the year and what you find available in your supermarket, you can use fresh or frozen berries. To make it totally smooth, you will also need a blender.
You can do this and serve it during the week, or store some for future use in the freezer. To make a bigger batch, feel free to double this.
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1/4–1/2 cup water
Puree or Mash the Blueberries
Drain the blueberries and rinse them in a colander with cold water for three minutes to start the cooking process. Purée until smooth in a food processor or blender. To achieve the desired consistency, add water as necessary.
Instead of pureeing it, mash the blueberries with a potato masher for chunkier blueberry puree, which is perfect for babies 10 months or older.
Serve Blueberry Puree
Serve the puree plain if the blueberries are really sweet. You can serve this baby food as it is or combine it with yogurt, oatmeal, or make it like a smoothie to introduce your baby to new textures and flavors.
For older babies and toddlers (or parents!), you can also serve slightly warmed as a sauce for pancakes or waffles and you can blend it as desired with another puree, such as mango or peach or butternut squash.
How To Freeze Blueberry Puree
Section puree into an ice cube tray to freeze baby food, then store for 4-6 hours or until frozen. Put it in a freezer storage bag for up to 3 months.
Place a cube in an airtight container to thaw from the frozen and allow it to thaw in the fridge overnight. A perfect way to keep things fresh and have quick meals or meal components ready and waiting is to freeze some of your batches.
This blueberry puree makes it easy for you to include blueberries into your baby’s diet. When you’re transition from breast milk to formula and regular food, blueberries are a great option.
They are an antioxidant-packed superfood, add a nice contrast to sweet fruit purees. To learn how to puree fresh or frozen blueberries, you can follow these simple step-by-step instructions.