You want to feed Baby organic food, but cannot afford a completely green diet. Ann Tan, founder of Four Seasons Organic Market, shares five tips on how you can get started.
1. Buy organic fruits and veggies that have uneven surfaces and tiny grooves like strawberries, broccoli, green leafy veggies as well as dried fruit such as sultanas. (The non-organic ones may have pesticides hiding in such nooks and crannies.)
2. The same goes for thin-skinned fruit and veggies such as tomatoes, prunes and grapes.
3. Organic fruits and veggies generally don’t look as good or perfect as conventionally farmed ones. This includes dried fruit.
(Beware if your organic tomato looks perfectly shaped or your organic apricot is plump and vibrantly orange.)
4. Organic grains and baby rice cereals are also great for a weaning bub. A little goes a long way, since babies and tots don’t eat a lot.
Maintain freshness by keeping them at room temperature or in a cool, dark place.
5. Organic baby purees can be kept frozen for three months, but the quality may drop.
It’s better to top up Baby’s organic food stock regularly – say weekly – than to buy in bulk, as it doesn’t keep very well.
Fresh organic fruits and veggies tend to last at most four days in the fridge.