- Buying avocado
Avocados should be firm on the outside, yet should give a little when you press them. They can range from a dark green colour with a bumpy skin to a less dark green variety with a smooth skin. I ordered the bumpy skin variety so I’ll speak for them.
- Cleaning the avocado
Wash the avocado. Gently roll it before you cut it to separate the flesh from the solid stone/seed in the centre. Run a knife around the seed, along the entire length of the avocado; don’t try to cut through it!
Gently rotate both halves and try to pull them away from each other.
Now, to get the seed off the one half it’s stuck on, use a tablespoon and simply scoop it out—this gets a little messy but it worked better than the ‘poke your knife into the seed’ procedure I read up online. You’ll now be left with the two halves that are buttery and creamy on the inside (that’s how they’re supposed to be when ripe). If they’re not creamy and soft in texture and are firm instead, I wouldn’t feed it to the baby. If your avocado is ripe, it’s ready to eat because ripe avocados don’t need any cooking.
- Pureeing the avocado
Using a tablespoon, scoop out the flesh of the avocado and separate it from the skin. You can get as close to the skin as you want because that’s where the goodness is.
Cut up the flesh into rough bits.
Mash the avocado bits with a masher or blend them in a blender for a smoother puree.
You can add a tablespoon or two of water or breastmilk/formula to water down your puree and make it easier to swallow for your baby. The smooth puree is better for smaller babies, while babies who are 10 months old or older prefer a slightly chunkier mash.
- Eating/Storing avocado puree
Feed your baby the mash or the puree directly. You can also combine it with other vegetables, fruits or cereal.
Since avocados can be hard to come by, I divided my avocado puree and froze them in individual puree trays.
If you store the leftover puree/mash in your refrigerator, it turns brown, which is why freezing is the better option. I try to feed my baby at least one cube every day.