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Learn How To Prepare Plum Baby Food In Just A Few Simple Steps

Whipping up a batch of wholesome plum baby food at home is fuss-free and way more nutritious (and cost-effective) than buying the pre-packaged purees.

Plums are part of the wholesome stone-fruit family and are known for being rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. If baby is experiencing discomfort due to constipation, plum baby food might help alleviate the ache and promote a good bowel movement. Once steamed and pureed, plum baby food is naturally sweet with a tart flavor that babies love.

Plum Benefits & Plum Nutrition Plums are high in fiber, which helps relieve constipation in adults and babies alike. Prunes (naturally dried plums) are also superfoods that help support a healthy digestive system. Plum baby food is a nourishing option for baby because it naturally contains Vitamin A and C.

When Can Babies Eat Plum? Plum baby food and prune baby food are both considered stage one baby foods and do not pose a high allergy risk, which is why babies 4 months and older can start eating plum puree baby food, with the approval of a pediatrician, of course.

How to Make Plum Baby Food?

The easiest and most efficient method for making plum baby food is to use a baby food maker, which steams and then processes the ingredients in one machine. Plum baby food can also be prepared by steaming or cooking the plums in a saucepan over a medium flame and then removing the pits and separately blending the cooked fruit using either a food processor, immersion blender or a regular blender.

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Step 1 of How to Make Plum Baby Food: Using a vegetable peeler, peel off the skin of ripe plums. If the plums are too soft, you can also use a paring knife and then your fingers to separate the skin from the fruit.

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Step 2 of How to Make Plum Baby Food: Remove the pit from each plum and roughly chop the fruit.

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Step 3 of How to Make Plum Baby Food: Add the chopped plums and their juices to the bowl of your baby food maker. Follow the instructions for your device and add as much water as needed to the steaming container.

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If you don’t have a baby food maker, you can steam the plums separately in a saucepan with a bit of water (which may not be necessary if your plums are very ripe and juicy) over a medium flame for about 15 to 20 minutes.

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Step 4 of How to Make Plum Baby Food: Once the steaming action is finished, blend until smooth using a food processor, blender or immersion blender. Or let the baby food machine do it for you, if you’re using one.

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Step 5 of How to Make Plum Baby Food: Once the plum puree has cooled completely, it can then be transferred to a serving bowl or freezer-safe containers. Prepared plum baby food keeps for one month in the freezer.

Plum Baby Food Recipes

Plum puree baby food is delicious on its own, but we also love blending it with other fruits for variety. Once you have established that baby doesn’t have any allergic reactions from eating plums or other fruits, there are different variations for plum baby purees. Below are our top three favorite plum baby food recipes:

Plum and Banana Baby Food Recipe

In a bowl mash a large, peeled banana. Blend with 1/2 cup plum baby food puree.

Plum and Peach Baby Food Recipe

Peel two very ripe peaches and remove the pits. Mash the peaches in a bowl, using the back of a fork or a potato-masher (you may also blend in a food processor or blender). Combine the mashed peaches and 1/2 cup plum baby food puree together.

Plum and Yogurt Baby Food Recipe

In a bowl, mix 1/2 cup of full-fat greek yogurt with 1/4 cup homemade plum puree until smooth. Whole milk yogurt can be introduced to baby at 7 to 8 months of age.

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