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making baby food using dried apricot

Apricots are so good for your baby.  They contain Vitamin C and Vitamin A.  They also have some iron and lots of fiber among other great nutrients.  Did you know that your baby’s store of iron that he or she got from you while in the womb is depleted around 6 months?  If you are giving your baby iron fortified formula, then you need not worry.  If you are solely breastfeeding, you need to really pay attention to the amount of iron your baby gets from 6 months and on.

Apricots also taste really good.

I haven’t been able to get my hands on fresh apricots, so I’ve been using dried for baby food.  Here is one important thing if you use dried apricots: make sure they do not contain sulfites.  If they are bright orange, they likely do.  Aim to find the brownish looking ones.

turkish apricots

I wanted to add a little extra veg in there, so I added spinach (plus spinach has iron).  I also had three lovely organic apples that I wanted to use up.

Apricot, spinach, apple puree
Ingredients
8 oz dried, sulfite-free apricots (such as Turkish apricots), preferably organic
3 medium-sized organic apples
1/2 cup of organic spinach (fresh or frozen) *
1 cup water
1/4 cup grape juice (optional – if the apricots taste bitter at all)

* Spinach and apples are on the “dirty dozen” list, so be sure to use organic. Here is a list of the dirty dozen.

This is very simple.  Peel and slice your apples.
peeled apple
Add apples, apricots, and liquid to your pot.
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Turn your burner on (high) and add your spinach.
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Once your mixture is boiling, lower your heat to simmer and cover. Cook for 15 minutes.  You’ll know it is ready when the apples are soft and your apricots are really plump.
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Add the cooked mixture to your blender (or you could easily use a hand blender right in the pot) and puree.
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Pour into your freezer cups.
apricot puree
This recipe makes approximately 9 meals for baby.
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