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Julie Hasson: So all the root vegetables are really hard and so what you can do is chop them but that’s a bit hard, I know all agrees. so what I suggest you to do is you grate them. But let’s have a quick look at the different types of root vegetables I have got here, some of them you are being familiar with, the carrot but things like sweet potatoes and butternut squash, you may have read that they are great for weaning foods but you might not know how to tackle them. The sweet potatoes, you threat in exactly the same ways, you would have potato and peel them and wash them obviously first, then peel them. You might want to take the top and tail off, and if you want to do the old fashioned way, rub this off a grater and just grate it down, until we get all the way through. If you have got a kitchen full of gadgets then you might find you got a grater attachment on your food processor, that’s a lot quicker, you just visit through that way and end up with the nice grated finish on sweet potatoes. Butternut squash, if you haven’t used squash before, actually woo squash is another name for pumpkin, so this one you see in lot of supermarkets, big and so good the great big red ones and you say it with Halloween and they make a really sweet and lovely purees as well, the butternut squash, they’re usually this kind of shape, and what you do is you cut them open, it may tend to be a little bit tough, so you need a little bit of work to get through them.
And you see that they just have in the main bulbus part, the seeds. The big pumpkins, they are more round in shape, one the more Halloween type one has seeds all the way through and less flesh. With butternut squash, you get a lot more flesh in the vegetable, you just use a dessert spoon to scrap out the seeds. And then lay them down, this is the quick way and easy way to peel them, you just lay them down and peel them all the way around. So now, I am going to show you some really simple no cook purees that you introduce once your baby is comfortable with the cooked purees like sweet potato, carrot, apple and pear, giving your baby a warm purees is much nicer for their tummies because they’ve used to warm milk and so they’re not used to cold food and cold food can make their little tummies jump and cramp up, so always serve the first few weeks warm baby food. And then once your baby is comfortable with that, you can make your life very, very simple with some no cook purees.
I have got a selection of fruit here, which are really fantastic for really, really quick no cook purees. So even if you can’t be doing with a lot cooking and steaming then you can have a go at these. The most often used one is banana, which is if you like nature’s little gift because they come pretty wrapped and they are very portable. And all you do with a banana to make banana puree is simply peel it. First, you don’t need a whole banana, puree just a half one, chop it onto smaller bits because it just makes easier to put it through the head of chopper, and pop them in, you sometimes pretty you have brought the non-veg you mainly need to add a little bit more liquid and I am finished to 3 minutes you could just add a little of babies usual milk and it is an early vending food it just blitz down to it, so until its very smooth again see it comes out very creamy even though its actually quiet a hard banana.
Banana’s I found most of no cook purees don’t freeze very well so that’s how easy to make just make a small amount of fresh and use it straight away, and that’s exactly how you make no cook purees is, it can be easy really, so that we just go through some other things that are really great do that way, Avocados if you are not familiar with an Avocado they have a great big seed in the middle so you run your knife all away round and simply cut open like this, I find easier just to score of the avocado so you don’t have to do a chopping that’s already done. Then just use the spoon to scoop round the edge they come on bits already, and then once again what you do is put them into the blitz up blitz them up into puree and an other very quick no cook puree. As an option I have to prepare a banana puree and avocado 1 there’s a couple fruits that maintain a little bit more unusual that also make really great first stage purees. This is a mango and this is a papaya, I am not going to show you how to make this, its really easy just a mash out and blitz them up but preparing them is a little bit more difficult so here’s a papaya. Oh this is really beautiful color with these black seeds inside and just as we did with the butter squash you just take a spoon scoop out the seeds and then you can either just chop them as I did with the avocados and then scoop them out if it is very ripe or you can turn even just as we did with the butter squash again peel it and then chop it up again, so that’s papaya, and if you are not familiar with mangos, mangos have a very unusual flat stone in them so I have first at the look at the mango were we have the just longer side and stand that on the chopping board and then you want to trying to do is cut the either side of the stone so you are not cutting exactly in the middle you are trying to cut to the side of it. The other thing to look at the mango is that particularly buy from them from super market some of them are smooth and some of them are fibrous if you can look at this smooth ones the fibrous ones when you blitz them up in the blender will end up a little bit of roughness to them were as the smooth ones come out very deliciously smooth puree.
So with this piece you just peel it as you would any other piece of fruit and slice of the fruit from the stem and then it will be juicy and makes a little bit harder to do that’s what we are trying to do here you see this one actually quiet fibrous one and if you, is worth to have a bowl so you catch the juices in and then real trick with the really ripe mango as I showed with the avocado cup this scores into the fridge and then you can turn inside out like this then you can just slice of the basis let us place this in chopping ball that’s it. So its really simple no cook purees.