Peach Puree is not only a fantastic first food for babies, but it can also be used in desserts, baking or swirled into yoghurt. Once the kids have gone to bed, you can even use the leftovers to make yourself a delicious Bellini cocktail!
What is Peach Puree?
Peach puree is simply peaches, with their skin removed, pureed until smooth.
How To Make Peach Puree
- Peel: Place peaches in a pan of boiled water and allow to sit for 40-60 seconds. This allows the water to loosen the skin. Using a slotted spoon, remove the peaches and place them in a bowl of ice water. Remove peaches from the water and peel the skin off using your fingers or, if needed, a pairing knife.
- Slice: Start at the stem and cut the peach in half, working your way around the pit. If your peaches are freestone you should be able to gently twist each side of the peach in opposite directions to allow the fruit to pull apart into two halves. If using clingstone peaches then you will need to make slices all around the outside of the peach and then cut each slice away from the pit.
- Blitz: Place the peach slices into a food processor/blender and blitz until smooth.
What Peaches Are Best To Use?
When purchasing fresh peaches, look for the fruit that is firm but has some ‘give’ when you gently squeeze them. Avoid those that are extra hard or have green skin. They should also be free of nicks, bruises, and other blemishes.
You can use white flesh or yellow flesh peaches. The white flesh variety is usually sweeter than those with yellow flesh, which can sometimes be a little tart in flavour.
Can You Use Frozen or Canned Peaches?
There are several reasons you may wish to use frozen/canned peaches.
- Available all year round: The season for ripe and juicy peaches is definitely too short! For that reason, you may require to use frozen or canned peaches.
- Convenience: The great benefit of using frozen/canned is that they are already peeled, sliced and pitted. They store well and you don’t have to worry about them spoiling.
- Price: Buying frozen/canned is often cheaper than buying fresh.
I would recommend using frozen over canned for the following reasons.
- Canned foods can sit around on shelves for a long time, during that time nutrients from the peaches can leach into the juices they are packed in. These juices are thrown away and not required for making the puree.
- Canned peaches are often packed in sugar syrups. Always check ingredients carefully.
- Canned peaches are very soft and can often result in a runnier puree.
- There may be a lot of waste with canned peaches. With frozen you can take out only what is required.
If making for a baby just be sure to check labels carefully.
What Can You Use Peach Puree For?
- As a baby puree
- Mix into yoghurt
- Added to smoothies or milk
- Stir into oatmeal/porridge
- Use in baking (muffins, bread, cakes etc)
- Top pancakes/waffles
- Use in cocktails, e.g Bellinis (adults only obviously!)/ Mocktails
Peach Puree for Babies
Serve peach puree, as a delicious dessert for babies, or mix it with a variety of other fruit, veggie or meat purees. Some suggestions include
- Peach and Apple
- Peach and Banana
- Peach and Blueberries
- Peach and Strawberry
- Peach and Yoghurt
- Peach and Oatmeal
- Peach and Avocado
- Peach and Pumpkin
- Peach and Sweet Potato
- Peach and Chicken
Storing Peach Puree
- Refrigerate leftover peach puree in an airtight container for up to 48 hours.
- Freeze the puree in ice-cube trays and once fully frozen, quickly pop them all out and place into a freezer bag or container. Return to the freezer and store for up to 3 months. (Freezing it this way allows you to take out small portions as needed.)
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- Food Processor or High Speed Blender
- 3 Peaches
- Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan, add peaches and allow to sit for 40-60 seconds.
- Using a slotted spoon, remove the peaches and immediately place them in a bowl of ice water.
- Remove peaches from the ice water and peel the skin off using your fingers or, if needed, a pairing knife
- Slice peaches in half, starting at the stem and working your way around the pit. Twist and pull the peach halves apart. If your peaches are freestone you should be able to gently twist each side of the peach in opposite directions to allow the fruit to pull apart into two halves. If using clingstone peaches then you will need to make slices all around the outside of the peach and then cut each slice away from the pit
- Place the peach slices into a food processor/blender and blitz until smooth.