Carrots For Babies: Ways To Cook / Serve By Age + Recipes
Learn how to prepare carrots for babies (6 months+) when starting solids, whether they're steamed, puréed, mashed, grated or roasted. Also how to serve according to baby's age and recipes you can make with carrots.
1/2cupliquid (water, breast milk, or homemade stock)(for a pourable puree (6 month old babies))
1/4cupliquid (water, breast milk, or homemade stock)(for a thicker puree (7 months+))
2-3tbspliquid(for mashed carrots)
How To Steam Carrots
Peel the carrots. Slice into desired size pieces.
Bring 1 inch of water to boil in a saucepan fitted with a steamer basket and cover with a lid.
Steam on medium-low heat for approximately 10-15 minutes (it depends on the size) or until they are soft when pierced with a fork. Then you can cut into smaller pieces specific for your baby’s age and serve.
How To Bake/ Roast Carrots
You have two options: cut then bake, or bake first and then once soft, cut into smaller pieces.
Peel and chop the carrots into desired size.
Drizzle with oil (healthier oil to use is olive oil, avocado oil or grape seed oil) and coat evenly. Season with a touch of pink Himalayan salt (for babies 9 months+), dried herbs like sage, oregano or coriander, optional.
Spread in one layer, on a parchment paper lined sheet pan.
Roast the carrots at 400F until soft and tender, approximately 25-35 minutes. Usually whole thick carrots will need a little more time.
How To Boil Carrots
Bring a pot with water to a boil.
Add the chopped carrots (0.5-1 inch thick slices) to boiling water for 4 to 5 minutes, then drain (timing depends on the thickness of the carrots).
For whole carrots – you need to boil for about 10 minutes. Season if necessary, then you can cut into desired shapes or mash in purees.
2 carrots will yield approximately 1 cup of mashed carrot, or about 1.3 cup carrot puree if you mix with liquid. When cooked, how soft should carrots be for baby? The carrots should be soft enough for you to smash with your fingers, but still able to hold it’s shape. So that your baby could easiy be able to gum or chew it even without teeth.
Serving: 1cupCalories: 50kcal
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