Baby Food With Carrot

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Baby Food With Carrot

Carrots are a vegetable that can be used in various dishes. They are nutritious and have many health benefits. You can make baby food with carrot as well. This is easy to make, healthy and tasty for babies.

What You Need:

1 cup of finely chopped carrots (washed)

1/2 cup water

How to Make:

Mix all the ingredients together in a saucepan on medium heat. Bring it to boil and boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool down completely. Once cooled, transfer into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Transfer into ice cube trays or small containers and freeze overnight before serving

Baby Food With Carrot

A couple weeks ago I shared all about introducing solids to baby, my approach with Olivia and what foods we’d tried so far. Honestly, I had no intentions of sharing baby food recipes, but I’ve been having so much fun making it for Liv and everyone has seemed really interested so here we are.

For this first post, I thought I would share a simple recipe for an easy stage 1 food for babies 4 month and up, homemade carrot puree.

Glass baby food jar with carrot puree and an ezpz spoon off to the side.

Like sweet potato and winter squash, carrot puree makes a great stage 1 food for babies because it can easily be pureed until thin. Carrots are also low on the allergy scale and easily digested by a tiny tummy.

Olivia’s first food was sweet potato puree and then avocado, but carrots came quickly after these two foods.

Homemade Baby Food

Let me start by saying that I know homemade baby food isn’t always an option and that’s okay. When we were on vacation I bought a couple baby food pouches for Olivia. She gobbled them up. That said, the majority of her food is homemade because I really enjoy cooking and making food for Liv has been really fun for me. I also like knowing that she’s eating fresh, nutrient-rich food that’s been made with love. That might sound corny, but it’s true.

When researching how to make homemade baby food I also researched how shelf-stable baby food is made. The shelf-life of jarred store-bought baby food is 2 years, which means you could be feeding your baby shelf-stable food that’s older than they are! Isn’t that wild to think about?!

And while I haven’t tasted store-bought carrot baby food, I imagine that this homemade carrot puree tastes way better!

Glass baby food jar with carrot puree with an ezpz spoon dipped in.

Carrot Nutrition for Infants

Carrots are a such a nutritious first food! They are high in beta-carotene, a red-orange antioxidant that converts to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is known to boost eye health and support the immune system. Carrots also contain vitamin C, iron, calcium and fiber, which can be helpful for normal bowel movements in babies.

What Kind of Carrots to Use

I like to use fresh, organic whole carrots. Just wash the carrots well and peel them before chopping and cooking. I know it’s an extra step, but I do recommend peeling them to remove any dirt particles and/or pesticide residue. I also think removing the peel of the carrots makes them taste better. They taste super earthy to me when the peel is on. You can also use baby carrots, which makes the chopping process faster because they’ve already been peeled.

I personally like to buy organic foods for making homemade baby food, but also realize this isn’t an option for everyone so buy what you can afford.

Cooked chopped carrots in a steamer basket in a Calphalon pot.

How to Make Carrot Puree

  1. Peel and chop carrots.
  2. Cook the carrot chunks by steaming, boiling or roasting.
  3. Transfer cooked carrots to a blender or food processor. I’ve been loving my Vitamix for blending up baby food. It gets the purees super smooth!
  4. Blend until smooth, adding breast milk, formula or water to thin – the carrot puree will likely be a bit too thick for stage 1 eaters without adding some sort of liquid to thin the puree. I like using breast milk or formula for extra nutrients, but you can use water as well (water used for the steaming or boiling process works great).
  5. Let carrot puree cool and serve right away or portion into storage containers or ice cube trays for later use.
  6. Carrot puree an be stored in the fridge for 3 days or in the freezer for 3 months.
Two blenders, one with cooked carrots and water, the other with blended carrot puree

How to Store Carrot Baby Food

Once you have the carrot puree blended to the consistency you want, let the mixture cool and then transfer into BPA-free storage containers or into an ice cube tray. I’ve been using silicone ice cube trays and these 4 oz glass storage containers. The ice cube trays are great for younger babies who aren’t eating as much volume because you can defrost one cube at a time. While the 4 oz jars are great for older babies who are eating more than 1 oz at a time.

We had the ice cube trays on hand and I just recently bought the WeeSprout glass storage containers that are specifically for baby food. I like that they have measurements on the side of the jars and that they’re glass instead of plastic (no worry about BPA). They are also freezer, dish-washer and microwave-safe. Plus they come with colorful lids that you can write on with a dry eraser marker to note the item and date.

The fresh carrot puree will keep in the fridge for 3 days and in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Don’t Forget to Label

I highly recommend labeling any baby food you make before storing! It’s amazing how quickly you forget what day you prepped the food once it goes into the fridge or freezer. #mombrain

Carrot baby food in a glass storage jar with lid. Lid has "carrots 7/25" label.

How to Reheat or Thaw Frozen Carrot Puree

To thaw frozen pureed carrots, I recommend taking the jar out of the freezer the night before you want to use it so it can defrost in the fridge overnight. If you need to use it right away, you can thaw it using a water bath. Some people will recommend microwaving the frozen puree using the defrost seating but I prefer these two methods:

  • Defrost in the refrigerator: Place frozen puree cubes into a jar or baby’s serving dish, cover, and place in the refrigerator overnight. If you stored the puree in a jar or storage container, simply place the jar the fridge.
  • Water bath: Place frozen pureed cubes in a small container and set in another larger container with warm water. Replace the water as needed. Once defrosted, portion the food into individual bowls, cover, and refrigerate until serving.

Be sure to use any of the defrosted food within 48 hours of being defrosted and do not re-freeze.

Baby Food Combinations with Carrots

Once your baby is ready for stage 2 foods that are combinations, you can blend different fruits and veggies into the carrot puree. Here are some ideas of foods and spices  that pair well with carrots.

  • Green veggies – peas, broccoli, green beans, zucchini, spinach
  • Orange veggies – butternut squash, sweet potatoes
  • Fruits – apples, peaches, pears
  • Carbs – brown rice, lentils, quinoa
  • Protein – beef, chicken
  • Herbs and Spices – cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cumin, paprika, nutmeg, curry, mint

More Baby Food Recipes and Resources

  • Baby Oatmeal
  • Introducing Solids to Baby
  • 6 Baby Food Combinations (Stage 2)
  • Sweet Potato Puree
  • Avocado Puree
  • Butternut Squash Puree
  • Pea Puree
  • Peach Baby Food
  • Banana Puree
  • Smash Cake
  • Banana Pancakes For Babies
  • Baby Yogurt Melts

Carrot Baby Food

4 from 37 votesHow to make carrot baby food by cooking and blending carrots into a smooth and creamy puree. Carrot puree make a great stage 1 starter food for babies.

PRINT RECIPEPIN RECIPEPrep Time5 minutesCook Time20 minutesTotal Time25 minutesServings12 oz

Ingredients

  • 1 lb fresh organic carrots
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup breast milk, formula or water, to thin
  • spices or herbs of choice, optional

Instructions 

  • Peel carrots and chop into chunks. Try to make the carrot chunks around the same size so they will finish cooking around the same time. The smaller the chunks, the faster they will cook.
  • Fill a pot with about 1 inch of water, add carrots to a steamer basket and place inside of the pot. Bring water to a low boil, cover with lid and steam carrots for 15-20 minutes, or until fork tender. The cook time will depend on the size of your carrots.
  • Once carrots are tender remove pot from heat and allow carrots to a cool a bit before transferring to a blender or food processor. Puree carrots in the blender or food processor, adding liquid (breast milk, formula or water) as needed to get the desired consistency. If using water, the water leftover from steaming or boiling the carrots works great.
  • Transfer carrot puree into storage containers and store in the fridge for 3 days or freezer for 1 month.

Notes

  • You can boil or roast the carrots instead of steaming. See my tips in the blog post above.

Nutrition

Serving: 4oz Calories: 62kcal Carbohydrates: 14g Protein: 2g Sodium: 116mg Fiber: 4g Sugar: 9g

 Author: Brittany Mullins  Course: Side  Cuisine: Baby Food Keyword: carrot baby food

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carrot baby food recipes

Carrots are packed with Vitamin A, and are an excellent source of beta-carotene, which is terrific for your skin and your eyes. It’s also a great first food for your new eater, because it’s less likely to cause an allergic reaction and is very easy to digest.

These carrots for baby are also a great way to get your baby to accept less sweet veggies like broccoli or green beans. You can mix carrots (which are a sweeter veggie) with those less sweet veggies like green beans or peas to make them more palatable.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Easy stage 1 recipe for baby
  • Unlikely to cause allergies
  • Naturally sweet vegetables
  • Budget friendly
  • Healthier than store bought commercial baby foods
  • Full of vitamins and essential nutrients for baby

How to Make Carrots for Baby

Ingredients and Notes

carrots and water

Organic Carrots: I prefer to use large carrots rather than baby carrots. You’ll need about two pounds of carrots. Be sure to peel the carrots, and chop them into small pieces before cooking to reduce the overall cook time. I also recommend buying organic carrots to reduce your baby’s exposure to harmful pesticides. You can find organic carrots at your local farmer’s market or at most grocery stores.

Water: Use fresh filtered water to puree the carrots so that they have a smooth consistency. You can always add more water if needed, a little at a time.

Equipment Needed

  • A large pot for boiling the carrots.
  • A high-speed blender or food processor to make the homemade baby food. You don’t need a baby food maker to make the perfect puree!
  • Mumi & Bubi Trays for storing

Step by Step Instructions

Prepare Carrots: Wash and peel your carrots, cut off stems. Cut carrots lengthwise and cut each half into 8-10 pieces.

Boil Carrots: Throw the carrots into a large pot with 2 1/2 cups of boiling water. Cook carrots for 6-8 minutes until they are tender.

veggies in a pot

Blend and Freeze: Pour the carrots and water into a blender, puree until you have a smooth texture. Pour into ice cube trays, allow to cool, wrap/cover, and freeze.

Recipe FAQs

ARE CARROTS GOOD FOR BABY?

Yes! Carrots are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals that are essential for your baby’s growth and development. Carrots are high in Vitamin A which helps to support a strong immune system. Vitamin A also supports a baby’s heart, lungs, and kidneys. They are also high in beta-carotene which helps to improve vision, and are a good source of iron. Babies begin to lose iron around 5 months of age, so providing them with iron rich foods is important.WHEN CAN I GIVE MY BABY CARROTS?

You may introduce your baby to carrots as young as 4 months, but typically 6 months is when solids are first introduced to baby. It is an excellent stage 1 food to give to your baby because it is rich in vitamins, and minerals, while also having a mild and pleasing flavor, and little risk for allergies.CAN YOU PUREE RAW FRESH CARROTS FOR BABY?

No, I do not recommend pureeing raw carrots for your baby. Be sure to cook them first to soften their texture, then puree combined with water. If you puree raw carrots they will be too chunky and hard. Your baby will not be able to eat them. They need soft purees at the first stage of introducing solid foods, and raw carrots can pose a choking hazard.HOW DO I MAKE MY BABY PUREE SMOOTH?

The key to making this carrot baby food recipe smooth is to be sure you have cooked your carrots long enough so that they are easily pierced with a fork. They should be soft in texture. Then, when you add them to the blender, be sure to add filtered water. If the carrot puree is not quite smooth enough, add a bit more water and blend until you reach your desired consistency.

How to Store and Keep

To Store In The Fridge: Let the carrot purée cool completely. Transfer to an airtight container. It will keep in the fridge for up to 4-5 days.

To Freeze: This carrot puree recipe makes such a large quantity, I recommend freezing it if you can! To freeze, place the puree in an ice cube tray (or trays), wrap with plastic wrap or cover so that its sealed. Freeze overnight. Once frozen, pop the ice cubes out of the tray and place in a zip-top freezer bag. Make sure all air has been pushed out of the bag before sealing. Label with the contents and the date. Frozen carrot puree will keep in the freezer for up to 4 months.

To Defrost: Place the small cubes in an airtight container in the refrigerator to thaw overnight, or place the cube in a bowl, and the bowl in warm water, to defrost more quickly.

Variations and Substitutions

Add Fresh Herbs: This carrot puree will taste delicious with fresh herbs added to the blender. I recommend rosemary, or thyme. Leafy green herbs would also give this recipe a nice fresh flavor. Try adding cilantro, basil, or parsley, with a pinch of garlic!

Add Spices: You can add some mild warm spices to give the carrots extra flavor. I like adding cinnamon, nutmeg, or a mild curry powder.

Make Other Baby Food Combinations: Puree carrots are great to add to other vegetable purees because it has a naturally sweet flavor that tones down the robust flavor of some green vegetables your baby might not be too fond of. Try mixing carrots with spinach, green beans, peas, or sweet potato puree. You can also add it to fruit purees for extra vitamins and minerals. Try mixing with pear puree, apple and prune puree, or banana puree.

Add Milk or Yogurt: Place a few spoonfuls of whole milk yogurt for a creamy flavor, or add breast milk or formula to help thin out the puree if necessary.

Make Finger Food: For older babies, you can take regular carrots and turn them into carrot sticks! Just cut up the carrots into matchsticks, and either saute, roast in the oven, or boil until they are soft enough to gum.

Make Purple Carrots Puree! There are so many different varieties of carrots, and they all make a great puree. Try purple carrots or even white carrots – they are all great for baby’s diet!

Carrots for Baby - puree in a white bowl

Expert Tips for Making the Best Carrot Puree

  • This recipe makes a large quantity. Be sure to freeze so that you have carrot puree for your baby for an entire month or more!
  • Use the Mumi & Bubi Trays for easy storage.
  • Make sure you have all of the equipment that you need readily available. All you’ll need is a good blender, and a large pot for boiling the carrots. Note: you can also make steamed carrots using a steamer basket. If you choose to go that route, you’ll need to add water into the blender along with the steamed carrot pieces to make the pureed carrots.
  • Use fresh large organic carrots, not baby carrots. Peel and chop into smaller pieces
  • Use filtered water when preparing baby food, and adding to your puree.
  • As with any new food, the first time you serve this to your baby, wait two days before introducing any other baby food puree. Water for allergic reactions in that time to ensure your baby reacts well to the homemade puree.

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