High quality organ meats are one of the best foods to introduce to babies starting around 6 months. Chicken liver and beef liver purees were at the top of the list as my babies’ first foods. Now that my babies have sprouted toddler tastebuds, I’ve adapted the to include the sweetness of chunky, juicy pears. This is also an incredible way to introduce organ meats to someone who has never had them. The amount of sweetness is easily modifiable by adjusting the amount of pears you add.
Click to view my Babyfood Liver Pate recipe perfect for first foods starting at 6 months.
For more on why this is a perfect first food, read my article on 6-9 month feeding practices.
Chicken liver’s nutrient density wins in nearly every category but tops the charts for iron, zinc, and choline. It’s the most nutrient dense food your baby could eat, second to mother’s milk. Pears add a healthy dose of fiber along with vitamin C, which boosts the amount of iron that’s absorbed from liver…a true pair.
I like to save a small jar in the refrigerator for immediate use, and then freeze the rest into mini-muffin molds and freeze along with the rest of my baby food stash.
Liver and Pears
Liver and Pears
- 1 lb high quality organic, free-range chicken livers
- 1/4 cup bone broth, chicken broth, or water
- 1 ripe organic pear, cut into chunks, divided (I prefer d-Anjou or Bartlett pears)
In a small saucepan, bring livers, broth, and HALF the pear chunks to boil, then reduce to simmer for 14-16 minutes, stirring occasionally. The juices from the pears will begin to seep and help add liquid and sweetness to the livers. Use an instant read thermometer to check the internal temp of the liver has reached 165 F. Transfer livers and pears to high-speed blender, and puree until creamy, whipped consistency is achieved.
Scrape liver mixture into a medium bowl and mix in the remaining pear chunks so there are visible pear pieces within the liver pate. Reserve a single serving of liver and pears to use within 1-2 days, or transfer the remaining into silicone sections or muffin tins and freeze in small portions until ready to use.
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