How to make Pea Puree
Peas are a nutritional superstar. They are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and iron and can even help prevent cancer. Babies tend to like sweet vegetables so carrot, squash, and peas tend to be a hit. Peas may cause gas in some babies. If your little one has a history of tummy trouble, wait until 6 months to introduce it.
In the spring, if you’re lucky enough to find them in the pod, you can buy them fresh and split them. Otherwise, buy them frozen. And if you’re pressed for time you can even pick up the microwave steam bag-toss it in the microwave and puree, how easy is that??? Just stay away from canned vegetables, they are loaded with sodium and preservatives. Peas are among the LEAST contaminated produce available, making EWG‘s list of “clean 15”.
How to make a basic pea puree:
If you are working with peas that are still in the pod, you’ll need to split the pod open and take out the peas. Snip off the top and bottom of the pod and pull the string to open the pod. Then, push your thumb along the inside of the pod to remove the peas. Rinsing the the peas in a colander before steaming or boiling can help knock off the little stems. One pound of pea pods will yield about a cup of peas.
1. Boil in a little water or steam until tender (3-5 minutes)
2. Toss them in a food processor with some water from the pot and blend.
Pea puree will be thick and lumpy. If you need a smooth stage 1 puree, add a little extra water, breast milk, or formula and puree for a few extra minutes to blend down the skins. Otherwise, you can strain it using a fine mesh strainer. Cooked peas can be served whole as finger foods for babies over 9-10 months.