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parents who make your own baby food 4j's 2 kids; Japan 1587 posts
9th Dec '12

When you use pears or apples, do you usually peel them or do you leavve the peeling on. I know that this skin can have alot of nutrients. But im new to making baby food, so i dont know if i should leave the peeling on or just throw it all in the blender?

Switzerpuss 17 kids; Nebraska 2281 posts
9th Dec '12
Quoting 4j's:" When you use pears or apples, do you usually peel them or do you leavve the peeling on. I know that this ... [snip!] ... nutrients. But im new to making baby food, so i dont know if i should leave the peeling on or just throw it all in the blender?"


I use the peels.
Most people dont, though.




Its all preference. The skin takes a little longer to puree, so it might take an extra minute. But the skin is way healthier.

4j's 2 kids; Japan 1587 posts
9th Dec '12
Quoting Switzerpuss:" I use the peels. Most people dont, though. Its all preference. The skin takes a little longer to puree, so it might take an extra minute. But the skin is way healthier."

ok thank you very much.

Moose's Mama 18 kids; Moose, Wyoming 11443 posts
9th Dec '12

I peeled when DS was under 9 months after I left the food chunky and with peels

Scarlett.Harlot.Starlet. 3 kids; California 5097 posts
9th Dec '12

Thats a good point. I just started my LO on solids last week and we have just done squash and avocado so far but using the skin on apples and pears is a good idea for the added nutrients. I will definitely try to use them. Just make sure you use organic or just scrub the hell out of regular apples and pears because pesticides and stuff stick to the skin.

MommyToWesley 1 child; Delaware 3847 posts
9th Dec '12

I always peel anything in the "Dirty Dozen" (foods that are most contaminated with pesticides). If I can't peel it (ex: grapes, spinach, blueberries, etc) then I buy organic.



This year's dirty dozen:



  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Sweet bell peppers
  4. Peaches
  5. Strawberries
  6. Nectarines (imported)
  7. Grapes
  8. Spinach
  9. Lettuce
  10. Cucumbers
  11. Blueberries
  12. Potatoes
RonniG Due July 19; 1 child; Plentywood, Montana 2036 posts
9th Dec '12
Quoting MommyToWesley:" I always peel anything in the "Dirty Dozen" (foods that are most contaminated with pesticides). If I ... [snip!] ... dozen: ApplesCelerySweet bell peppersPeachesStrawberriesNectarines (imported)GrapesSpinachLettuceCucumbersBlueberriesPotatoes"


I always peel and bake for this reason also. There is no telling how much poop and pesticide is on those peels that rinsing it isn't going to get off.

Switzerpuss 17 kids; Nebraska 2281 posts
11th Dec '12

i scrub the peels/skins wiith a scrub brush