Carrot Puree Recipe (Stage 1)

With the Carrot Puree, you and your baby will experience how baby food can make feeding time easier and happier!

Carrot Puree is a smooth and creamy blend of steamed carrots that’s processed until it has a baby-friendly texture. The carrot is a popular choice for stage-one baby foods because of how versatile, colorful, and delicious it is.

It’s never too early to get your baby started on eating vegetables. When it comes to stage-one baby food, you can count on carrots to get your baby excited about eating healthy and fresh.

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You only need fifteen minutes to make this Carrot Puree, and every minute will certainly be worth it. Your baby deserves the best purees at home and you can start with carrots to make your baby healthy, active, and lively!

How to Make Carrot Puree

Instead of buying baby food, make it at home so you can be sure that it’s all-natural and organic. With carrots, all you have to do is peel, slice, steam, and blend until you get the right flavor and texture for your baby.

Once you make this for your baby, you will surely be having Carrot Puree for feeding time more often!

Ingredient

What makes carrots some of the best beginner veggies for your baby?

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Carrots are some of the healthiest and tastiest veggies you can feed your child.

The sweet and earthy flavor of carrots will give the baby an interesting taste to explore. Even the bright orange color of carrots can get your baby excited about eating them.

These carrots also have a crunchy and crisp texture that makes them easy to steam and blend to make baby food. Most importantly, these are packed with health benefits for your baby.

Health Benefits of Carrots for Babies

  • Adding carrots to your baby’s diet can help develop eyesight.
  • According to Solid Starts, carrots have antioxidants to protect the baby’s heart.
  • You can boost your baby’s immunity with a good dose of carrots.
  • Baby Foode also suggests carrots to promote healthy digestion for the baby.
  • The calcium from carrots can strengthen your baby’s bones too.

Don’t throw away your extra carrots. Instead, turn them into carrot oil, powder, or juice so no carrot will ever go to waste. I’m sure you and your baby will have a wonderful bonding time over the Carrot Puree!

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Directions

Make sure to wash your hands before you make the Carrot Puree!

  1. Rinse the carrot.
  2. Use a knife to peel and slice the carrot.
  3. Pour water into a pot.
  4. Place a steaming basket inside.
  5. Then, cover it with a lid to boil.
  6. Steam the carrots over medium heat for ten minutes or until tender.
  7. Transfer the carrot to your blender.
  8. Add water or milk if preferred.
  9. Blend until smooth or until preferred consistency is achieved. 
  10. Pour the contents into a baby bowl for feeding time!
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Have you ever had this fun while making baby food? The Carrot Puree will surely be a life changer for your baby!

Tips

Buying carrots

  • Epicurious suggests buying carrots with bright green carrot tops.
  • Go for orange carrots that feel firm to the touch.
  • The carrot skin should also feel smooth.
  • Avoid carrots that are pale in color, soft, and wilted.

Storing carrots

  • You can keep carrots at room temperature for up to five days.
  • Real Simple suggests cutting off the carrot tops before storage.
  • Carrots can last up to four weeks in the fridge.
  • Wrap the carrots in tissue and place them in resealable bags to store.
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Carrot Puree Variations

If it’s your baby’s first time trying purees, then start with pure carrot puree first. As your baby grows, you can mix in other fruits and vegetables to make the puree tastier and better for your baby’s health.

Avoid seasoning the carrots to let the baby enjoy the natural flavor. Foods that are natural, fresh, and healthy are always best for babies. Once your baby is ready to try combinations, here are some of the best pairings for carrots:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Squash
  • Peas
  • Bananas
  • Mangoes
  • Avocados
  • Broccoli

An alternative to blending is to boil the carrots until soft and puree them using a potato masher. If the carrots are incredibly soft, then you can use a spoon and fork to mash them into the milk or water. 

No-Blender Carrot Puree

As long as they are steamed, you can puree them with a masher, a fork, or a sieve and spatula. Alternatively, use a food processor or hand-held blender instead.

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  • Knife: Slice the carrots with a knife.
  • Steaming basket: Soften the vegetable on a steaming basket. 
  • Pot: Let the water boil in a pot to steam the carrots.
  • Blender: Puree the carrots in a blender.

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How to Serve Carrot Puree

Is your baby excited to try the Carrot Puree?

Pour the puree into the baby’s bowl to serve. You can serve it slightly refrigerated, warm, or at room temperature. For the refrigerated or frozen puree, reheat it in the oven at 165 °F for a few minutes. 

If it’s your baby’s first time trying this carrot puree, then start with a few teaspoons and see if they like it. As your baby gets older, only then can you try puree combinations or other food textures.

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Storage Tips

  • At room temperature: Feed the Carrot Puree to the baby within an hour or two.

Make Ahead

In the fridge: Pour the baby food into a container that lasts up to two days.

To freeze: Sanitize ice cube trays before pouring in the carrot puree. Once frozen, remove them from the tray and put the frozen puree into a freezer bag

Frequently Asked Questions

Are pureed carrots healthy?

Yes, pureed carrots are healthy, especially if you make them with fresh and organic carrots. They can promote healthy eyesight, bone health, brain function, energy, immunity, and overall health for the baby.

What can I mix with carrot puree?

Once your baby is ready for carrot puree combinations, you can mix carrots with spinach, cauliflower, kale, broccoli, green beans, sweet potatoes, turnips, or parsnips, zucchini, peas, butternut squash, apples, bananas, mangoes, and more!

How long are pureed carrots good for?

At room temperature, I suggest using pureed carrots within two hours only. It can last up to two days in the fridge or several weeks in the freezer.

Can I add formula milk to carrot puree?

You can mix carrot puree with formula milk. I suggest mixing puree with milk to give the puree a creamy, thick, and smooth texture. Breast milk is also a good option to add to the puree.

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Carrot Puree

5 from 1 vote
There is no doubt that your baby will enjoy this sweet, creamy, and smooth carrot puree! It might even be your baby’s next favorite food.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes
Servings 2
Course Baby Food, Baby Puree
Calories 13kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 carrot (peeled and sliced)
  • ½ cup water (filtered)
  • breast milk or baby formula (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Peel the carrot.
    Wash the carrot before peeling it with a knife or peeler. Unpeeled carrots can be bitter in taste and quite dusty in texture.
  • Slice it.
    Use your knife to cut the carrots into small pieces for faster steaming and easier and smoother blending.
  • Steam the carrot.
    Pour ½ cup of water into a pot with a steaming basket on top. I highly suggest steaming the carrots to retain most of the nutrients.
    Cover it with a lid. Leave it to steam over medium heat for 10 minutes or until the carrot slices are soft and tender. To check softness, pierce a chunk of carrot with a fork.
  • Blend the carrot.
    Transfer the steamed carrots into your blender. You can incorporate breast milk or formula milk for a creamy and thick consistency. Alternatively, you may use the water from the steaming pot.
    The amount of liquids you pour in depends on how thick you want the puree to be. For this process, you can also use a hand blender or a food processor for the best results.
    Blend until smooth or until preferred consistency is achieved.

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Notes

  • Feed the baby with carrot puree little by little.
  • Don’t leave the carrot puree baby food at room temperature for longer than two hours.
  • Choose the best and freshest carrots for the healthiest carrot puree.
  • Unpeeled carrots can be bitter in taste and quite dusty in texture.
  • Use your knife to cut the vegetable into small pieces for faster steaming and more manageable and smoother blending.
  • I highly suggest steaming the vegetable to retain most of the nutrients.
  • To check softness, pierce a carrot with a fork.
  • You can incorporate breast or formula milk for a creamy and thick consistency. Alternatively, you may use the water from the steaming pot.
  • You can also use a hand blender or a food processor to puree.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 (of 2)Calories: 13kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 21mgPotassium: 98mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 5095IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 1mg
Keyword 6 months + baby food, Baby food, Baby puree, Carrot puree, Stage 1 baby food

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