I originally make this strawberry juice for my kids but you can certainly make it in large quantities and serve to adults too. strawberry juice makes also really nice shrub drink. When you make fruit juices at home you get to control what goes into it and so doing you can avoid introducing concentrates or preserved drinks to your baby early.
Even baby juice sold in health food shops always contains an added chemical to extend its shelf life and also help the juice to withstand being stored in different temperatures on the shelf in a shop. Most natural brands will most likely use a preservative such as sodium benzoate which is also used to preserve cosmetics, citric acid or a lot of sugar.
By making your own juice you can make it fresh each time to ensure you get all the nutrients from the fruits into your juice. I started giving my son home made fruit juice when he turned 6 months old so I always diluted with water at 3 parts water to 1 part juice.
The only thing to be aware of is that some fruits highly acidic so you will have to dilute drinks further with plain water to make your homemade juice safer for small babies. Also check with your health adviser before you start introducing fruit smoothies and juice into your babies diet.
HOMEMADE FRUIT JUICE FOR BABIES
Once made, this juice is nice served cold. At the end, you can use the flesh from the strawberries to make a nice fruit jam afterwards or even ice lollies for a teething baby to suckle on.
- 500 g strawberry
- 350 g water
- boiler water for 5 mins
- cut off stalks and lightly rub without bruising the strawberries in clean water to wash thoroughly
- add them the strawberries to the boiling hot water
- allow to cook for 3 mins or till they start bruising in the water
- crush the strawberries with a fork in the hot water first
- strain the juice into a clean glass
- use muslin or a clean kitchen linen to wrap what is left of the strawberries and tie before squeezing juices out gently(the muslin will trap the seeds and flesh)