THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO TOMATOES FOR BABIES

While you can serve raw tomatoes to your baby, if you are feeling nervous and want to cook until soft, then the next few slides will show the top methods to try.

COOKING METHODS

1. Place water in a pot, add steamer basket, and bring to a boil. Cut an "X" in the bottom of each tomato and place in the basket cut side up. 2. Cover and steam for 3-4 minutes.

STEAM

1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Cut tomatoes in half lengthwise. Place in a bowl and toss with generous amount of oil and seasoning(s) of choice. 2. Transfer to a lined baking sheet. Spread in single layer, flesh side up. 3. Roast for 30-35 minutes.

ROAST

Boil a pot of water. Using a pairing knife, cut an "X" in the bottom of each tomato. Cut just enough to pierce through the skin, but not too deep into the flesh. Add to the boiling water and cook for 20-30 seconds. Remove and put in ice-water-filled bowl.

BLANCH

HOW TO CUT TOMATOES FOR BABIES

6+ months

9+ months

Cut raw or cooked tomato into large wedges. You can leave the skin on or off.  Serve as a puree, tomato sauce, or soup (see recipes below). Stir in lentils, oatmeal, or pasta.

6+ month

HOW TO CUT TOMATOES FOR BABIES

6+ months

9+ months

By 8-9 months of age, your baby should develop their pincer grasp and be able to pick up smaller pieces. You can start offering bite-sized pieces.

9+ month

HOW TO CUT GRAPE TOMATOES FOR BABIES

Be sure to cut the tomatoes into quarters lengthwise. Horizontally halved tomatoes can pose the same choking risk as whole grape/cherry tomatoes.