Feeding FAQ: 6-9 months – Weaning/Solids

Is it best to steam food for pureeing?

Just a quick question. When I’m preparing food for my baby, would it be better to steam the food to purée? If so, for how long? Should I use filtered water in the steamer or is it not necessary?
Thank you

Steaming your baby’s food is an ideal way to prepare it as this helps to retain more of the vitamins which can be lost during the boiling process. As you often need to add a little liquid to the vegetables to purée them after steaming, you should use filtered water, but you don’t need to put it in the bottom of the steamer. How long? This really depends on which vegetable or fruit you are preparing. Some take longer than others, for instance carrots require longer cooking than peas. As long as the vegetable is tender and easily pierced with a knife it should be cooked enough to purée.