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#1 ~gaby~

Posted 28 January 2010 - 03:27 PM

I never stewed fruit for DD & when i asked my mum she said she didn't know ddoh.gif So how do i stew it? I've got some pears & apples

#2 Dixer

Posted 28 January 2010 - 03:32 PM

I'm terrible in the ktichen so I don't know if this is stewing, but if I make fruit for DD I microwave it until it's soft then either mash it or puree it in the blender. I also add water once it's softened otherwise it's too thick and sweet.

ETA this is how I did my pears and apples, haven't tried anything else yet!

Edited by Peppermint Patty, 28 January 2010 - 03:33 PM.


#3 potatohead

Posted 28 January 2010 - 04:05 PM

Add a little water to the fruit in a pan (I think). However, I steam all my vegies and fruit.

#4 Mrs_Mystery_Guest

Posted 28 January 2010 - 05:25 PM

I think you do it by adding water to a pot with the fruit in it. I'm also wondering myself how to stew fruit as I want to stew up a couple of pears I bought to try out on DS2.

#5 ecb

Posted 28 January 2010 - 07:08 PM

Peal it, core it (if required), dice it, stick it in a saucepan with just a drizzle of water on the bottom to stop it burning (as the sugars in the fruit heat if they don't have a little water they'll burn and stick ot the bottom of the pan), cover it, stick it on a low heat and simmer until soft.  Just check it every so often to make sure the water hasn't simmered away and if so add a bit more.  Pears will cook very quickly (I think maybe 10 mins), apples will take a little longer and require a bit more water.  You can also add a little vanilla essence, some cinnamon (ground or stick), a star anise thingy, or some five spice or something to add a little extra flavour.  YUMMO!

#6 Mrs_Mystery_Guest

Posted 28 January 2010 - 10:07 PM

QUOTE (ecb @ 28/01/2010, 05:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Peal it, core it (if required), dice it, stick it in a saucepan with just a drizzle of water on the bottom to stop it burning (as the sugars in the fruit heat if they don't have a little water they'll burn and stick ot the bottom of the pan), cover it, stick it on a low heat and simmer until soft.  Just check it every so often to make sure the water hasn't simmered away and if so add a bit more.  Pears will cook very quickly (I think maybe 10 mins), apples will take a little longer and require a bit more water.  You can also add a little vanilla essence, some cinnamon (ground or stick), a star anise thingy, or some five spice or something to add a little extra flavour.  YUMMO!


Cool, I'm going to add a touch of cinnamon to it as well.

#7 wilma09

Posted 28 January 2010 - 10:11 PM

Just as ecb said - though be careful that you have enough water.  I burnt some pears the other day...

#8 seepi

Posted 28 January 2010 - 10:11 PM

Chop up fruit.
Put in saucepan.
Just cover with water (or not quite)
boil the **** out of it for an hour or so.
check every now and then that it isn't overboiling or sticking to the pan.
spoon into little containers to cool.
Store in fridge or freezer.

I use apples, pears, plums, kiwi, peaches - anything really. sultanas make it sweeter and kids love them.

for older kids you dont have to cook it so long. but apple chunks may stay solid if you dont' boil for a fair while.

#9 Emptiness

Posted 28 January 2010 - 11:47 PM

I tried this in our slow cooker recently (as I really didn't trust myself not to burn it in the saucepan) and it worked really well.  I didn't add water in the slow cooker as it produced enough from the fruit.

#10 sophiasmum

Posted 29 January 2010 - 09:49 AM

I peel and chop into small pieces, add to a pot of water and boil and boil until they are really soft and then use the potato masher to mash them into puree. Freeze in icecube trays and once frozen you can turn out into bags and back into the freezer.

ETA: Should add, obviously don't puree if older baby.

Edited by sophiasmum, 29 January 2010 - 09:50 AM.


#11 mmh

Posted 29 January 2010 - 12:08 PM

Yep, just a little water to diced apple or pear pieces in a pan. Sometimes I add a little more water, and end up with some pear or apple juice for my older son to drink. It usually doesn't burn as I leave the saucepan lid on, and only takes a few minutes to stew. This is pretty much what I do with all of bub's food - meat and vegies together etc. and then blend it all later.




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