Making your own baby food is an excellent way to really know what your baby is eating. Homemade food is free of preservatives and just as organic as you want it to be. Plus, making veggie purees is easy!
Cauliflower is a very nutritious vegetable. It is full of fiber and vitamin C. However, due to the amount of fiber, cauliflower should not be introduced into a baby’s diet until after they are 8-10 months old because that much fiber can be rough on a younger baby’s system. They could get pretty gassy. Consult with your doctor about any worries, especially if your child has already displayed food allergies.
Choosing Your Cauliflower
Cauliflower puree can be made with fresh cauliflower or frozen cauliflower. Fresh cauliflower is best in the fall through early spring and will need to be washed thoroughly. Be sure to choose a cauliflower head that is white-cream, heavy for its size, and with fresh un-wilted greens. To wash, soak chopped pieces of cauliflower for two minutes in water), then rinse very well in cool water. If you choose frozen cauliflower, you can skip the washing and chopping steps.
Cook Your Cauliflower
There are two ways to cool cauliflower for baby-food puree. You can either boil the cauliflower or you can steam it.
To boil, place the washed/frozen pieces of cauliflower into a pot. Fill the pot with water so that the broccoli is covered. Boil until soft (15 or so minutes).
To steam, place the washed/frozen cauliflower in a steamer basket. Bring a small amount of water to boil. Place the steamer basket in the pot and cover. Let the veggies steam until they are tender (about 15 minutes).
Note: cook times for the frozen cauliflower may take longer.
Once your cauliflower is soft and tender as you want drain it and rinse under cool water. Pat dry.
Now, to Puree!
Place the cooled and dried cauliflower pieces into a blender or food processor. Puree until smooth. Add water if you need in order to attain the desired consistency. For a richer taste, you can use breast milk or formula instead of water.
Cauliflower Puree Storage
Cauliflower puree can be refrigerated in glass or BPA-free containers for up to three days. This puree also freezes well. You can freeze leftovers for three months. Thaw in your refrigerator overnight prior to serving.
Cauliflower Puree, Yum! Yum!
Cauliflower puree can be eaten plain, and it will be delicious. However, cauliflower is perfect to mix with other food because of its rather neutral flavor. It can be made part of a veggie medley with carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, peas, and/or broccoli. It can be added with a meatier entree such as salmon, chicken, or beef. Cauliflower puree makes a nice sauce for rice and pasta. It even tastes great when mixed with a cheese sauce. Or, you could get really fancy and mix cauliflower puree with cheese sauce and rice or pasta.