Nectarines for Baby Food & Baby Food Recipe
When Can Baby Have Peaches & Nectarines? 4-6 Months
Nectarines Nutrition Facts
|Vitamin A||332 IU||11%|
|Vitamin C||5.4 mg||9%|
|Vitamin E||0.77 mg||5%|
2 medium nectarines = 1 cup sliced nectarines = 8oz nectarine puree
How to Select & Buy a Fresh Nectarines
A ripe nectarine will vary in color. Look for fruit that’s free of bruises and blemishes. Nectarines are part of the “dirty dozen” — foods with the highest pesticide residue — it’s a good idea to buy organic.
Preparing the Nectarines for Baby
Wash the nectarine with a mixture of three parts water and one part white vinegar to remove bacteria. Rinse under cool running water and dry. Nectarines can be cooked whole with skin on or pitted and sliced, this depends on what method you used to cook the nectarines.
How to cook a Nectarine
Blanching Nectarines – Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan and then add the nectarine to the water for about 45sec. Remove nectarine from boiling water and plunge into an ice bath. After the nectarine has cooled, remove and peel the skin.
Steaming Nectarines – Bring 2 to 3 inches of water to a boil in a lidded pot over medium-high heat. Arrange the Nectarine slices in the steamer basket in even layers totaling 2 inches high or less. Place the steamer basket into the pot of boiling water or electric steamer, and cover the pot. Steam the Nectarine slices for five minutes or until they reach the desired tenderness.
Baking Nectarines – Halve the fruit, pit and place “open” side down in a pan filled with 1 inch of water. Bake at 400F until desired tenderness and/or puckering of the skin appears.
After Nectarines are cooked place cut or sliced nectarines into food processor and any extra cooking water to puree to thin out for desired smoothness. For chunkier nectarine puree, which is ideal for babies 10 months or older, mash the nectarine with a potato masher or smash with a fork.
Foods Good to Mix With Nectarines for Baby Food
Butternut or Acorn Squash