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I am just wondering whether it is necessary to cook pears, apples etc before pureeing? I gave DS pear yesterday but i didn't cook it beforehand. I then read something that said to cook beforehand but it didn't say why.
Is it ok not to cook fruit first? If not, why?
I think the whole idea of cooking fruit first is to soften it. I can't imagine pureeing(sp?) raw apple would be too successful! with soft fruits like pear I think it's fine. As far as i know there is no other reason (correct me if i'm wrong ladies!). It probably also depends what level of lumps your little one can manange - in the last week or so i have just moved on to fork mashing everything rather than pureeing without a problem. I have read that you can give apple grated, so that could be an alternative to cooking it. hope this helps :)
I think its a combination of texture and digestion. Pears and soft fruits shouldn't need to be cooked but can be directly purreed, mashed, chunked or whole depending on your bub's age. I find apples a bit tougher to digest and would cook (stew) them first for younger bubs. I think DD was given raw wedges of peeled apple at around a year by her carer, possibly earlier. She was having bits of other fruit raw much sooner (grapes, watermelon were favorites).
I tried cooking pear this morning and it was heaps easier so i think i will stick to that for a while.
I do pureed (cooked) plums and peaches...(season here for stone fruit) and apples too. But the plums ahit...with my husband that is.....
I've been putting in a teaspoon of water for each apple/ pear/carrot etc I've chopped, and bung them in the microwave for 5-7 mins (covered), and then puree with a hand blender or put through the seive - depending on what mood I'm in. :D
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