Plum Baby Food (6 mos+)
Many people know that plums and prunes can help ease constipation. They are high in soluble and insoluble fiber as well as sorbitol, a sugar that may aid digestion. Plums are prunes are also high in antioxidants that protect our body’s good fats, like those found in the brain. Because they can have a laxative effect, plums are not recommended for babies with diarrhea.
When can baby have plums?
Plums are a low-allergy food. They can be introduced to any baby that is ready for solids, six months or older.
How to choose plums for baby food
The EWG lists plums as #20 out of 51 on their contamination list. It ranks in the middle, neither the most or least contaminated. While purchasing organic may be a matter of preference, look for plums without bruising or soft spots. The skin should be intact with no cuts or nicks. A fresh ripe plum will smell sweet at the stem. The peak season for fresh plums is from May through October. Typically, you will find red and purple varieties in super markets, but they can also be found in yellow, amber, green or blue-black.
Prunes (dried plums) can be found year-round. If using prunes for baby food, look for varieties without added sugars or chemicals. Be aware that plum varieties used to make prunes are very high in sugar content. If you find your prune puree is too sweet, try mixing it with plain yogurt, cottage cheese, or a savory vegetable. Alternatively, you could dry your own plums during peak season for longer storage year round. Read more about dehydrating baby food.
Simple Puree Using Fresh Plums
There are several different ways you can cook a plum before making a puree. The skins on fresh plums can be tough and don’t blend down well, so you will need to remove them. Here’s the method I found to be the easiest.
6 very ripe plums
1. Bring a pot of water to a boil.
2. Rinse the plums to remove any dirt and then carefully place them into the boiling water. Make sure all of the plums are completely submerged in the water.
3. Let the plums boil for 5-10 minutes. Very ripe plums will be ready in about 5 minutes. If your plums are a little on the under ripe side, they will need to boil for closer to 10 minutes.
4. Use tongs or a skimmer to remove the plums and put them into a bowl of ice water.
5. Remove the the skins by gently rubbing them off with your fingers. They will be very loose and should peel right off.
6. Cut each plum in half to remove the pit. Then cut each half in half again so you have quarters.
7. Toss the plums in your blender and puree with a little bit of liquid until you get the consistency you want.
Yields about 1 1/4 cup of puree
Simple Puree Using Dried Plums
To make a puree from prunes, you will need to rehydrate them before making a puree. They won’t blend down without rehydrating, you’ll just be left with a sticky mess.
1 1/3 cup of pitted, dried plums (about 8oz)
1/3 cup hot water
1. Place the dried plums in a food processor with about 1/3 cup of very hot water.
2. Put the lid on the food processor and allow the plums to sit and steam for about 5 minutes or until they begin to plump.
3. Puree until the skins are broken down. Prune puree can be thick and sticky, so you may need to add a little more hot water to get a consistency that your baby will enjoy.
Yields about 1 cup of puree
Try plum puree mixed with: