Cherry pickin’

posted by harlie in day-to-day, family, food

Found some ridiculously ripe, red cherries at Whole Foods today. Making one batch of delicious cherry baby food for Lil’Man and one batch of delicious cherry ice cream topping for us.

I’ve been making all of Lil’Man’s solid food so far. Baby food is far easier to make, though I tend to make tons of different foods at one time and that makes it time intensive. But, then I have food for 3-4 weeks, so I suppose that’s worth it, yes?

I’ve found this site to be incredibly useful. I don’t follow all the recipes verbatim, but I find they are excellent guidelines. I also read my friend Leena’s blog since she’s a food writer and her little girl is only a couple of months older than my little guy. Plus, she’s a more adventurous foodie than I am, I think, so that should be good for introducing him to more foods that I would normally consider.

Right now, though, all Lil’Man’s food is pretty plain and straightforward. We’ll get more interesting when he’s gotten more used to eating solids. Here’s the cherry purée I’m currently making for him:

Cherry Purée

1/2 pound fresh cherries
1/2 cup water (the original recipe called for a full cup, but I found this to make the final result too watery)

Wash, clean and pit the cherries. Be sure to remove the stems.
Drop the cherries into a saucepan with water.
Bring to a boil and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the juices run freely and the cherries become soft.
Allow to cool and then purée in a blender or food processor.

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