Whether you wish to make Carrot Puree as a first food for your baby or as a bright and nutritious family side dish, this recipe and guide have you covered.
How to Make Carrot Puree
Carrot puree is very easy to make:
- Peel and cut carrots into evenly-sized pieces
- Simmer in just enough water to cover the carrots
- Drain, reserving the cooking liquid
- Transfer carrots to a blender/food processor, add 2-4 tbsp of the reserved liquid and blend until smooth
Carrot Puree for Babies
Carrot is a very versatile vegetable and is the perfect puree to mix with a range of other fruits, veggies and meats. Once your baby has enjoyed carrot puree by itself then why not try mixing it with:
- apple puree
- broccoli puree
- butternut squash puree
- cauliflower puree
- parsnip puree
- peach puree
- pumpkin puree
- mashed potato
- sweet potato puree
Other Ways to Use Carrot Puree
Many parents serve purees to their babies but stop pureeing food once they get older, which is understandable as we want our babies to progress and get used to different food textures.
However, purees can be a great way to add fruit or vegetables to a meal. Carrot puree can add colour, nutrition and flavour to many meals. Why not try:
- Serving it as a base for your meal or a colourful accompaniment. (Try topping it with chicken or pan-fried fish)
- Mixing it with mashed potato
- Adding it into baked goods like carrot cake or muffins
- Stirring it through sauces (e.g pasta sauce) for a nutritional boost
If serving it as a meal accompaniment try adding a knob of butter when you cook the carrots and then, once pureed, season with salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste.
Storage and Reheating Instructions
- Refrigerate: Place in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to two days.
- Freeze: Spoon the puree into flexible ice-cube trays, or baby food containers, and freeze until solid. (Freezing in ice cube trays allows you to defrost the small amounts when you need it). Once they’re fully frozen, quickly pop them all out and place the frozen cubes into a freezer bag or container and return to the freezer. Thaw in the refrigerator.
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- High Speed Blender or Food Processor
- 500g (1.1lb) Carrots trimmed, peeled and chopped into small equal sized pieces
- Place carrots in a medium saucepan, and cover with just enough water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, cover with a lid and simmer until the carrots are tender (around 20 mins).
- Drain the carrots, reserving the liquid.
- Place the carrots into a blender, or food processor, along with 2-4 tbsp of the reserved cooking liquid. Puree on high until very smooth, adding more liquid if required.