Is any food more tantamount to summer than freshly picked corn on the cob? It can be tempting to introduce corn to your baby right away. The bright, sweet kernels are visually appealing and appetizing to the palate, but unfortunately corn may not fulfill your growing baby's nutritional needs.
Corn is a great energy food, containing a healthy dose of protein and carbohydrates; however it is lacking in many other nutrients that are essential for your baby’s development.
The nutritional value of corn compared to the majority of other vegetables is substandard; so it is recommended to introduce it later or in combination with more nutrient rich veggies. Another good reason to offer your baby corn later is that it makes a great finger food.
When buying fresh corn, you should peel back the husks a little bit to see it the tip of the corn is in good condition. Squeeze the corn and feel for firmness; soft squishy fresh corn is not a good choice.
Corn will keep best if stored in the refrigerator with the husk still intact. Only remove the husk when you are ready to use it!
Cooking corn is very simple, remove the husks and toss it into a large pot of boiling water. You may also grill corn which will enhance the flavours. You may also "shave" it off the cob and then either steam or boil the corn nibblets. If you choose to use frozen corn, simply follow the cooking directions provided!
Of all of the cooking methods, steaming it is not only the healthiest preparation, but is a great way to maintain the integrity of the flavours.
To steam fresh corn, fill the bottom of the steamer with a few inches of water and bring to a rapid boil. Once the kernels have been shaved off the cob, place them in the steamer basket (make sure the water does not get into the basket). Steam corn for 5 minutes. For extra flavour, dress with olive oil, sea salt, and pepper.
If you do decide that baby is ready to have corn, it is very easy to prepare for your purée! Simply boil the corn on the cob until it becomes tender. Remove the cob and allow to cool then shave the kernels off of the cob and place in a blender. Add a few tablespoons of water and blend. Continue to add water until the desired consistency is reached. If needed, put the purée through a sieve to get rid of tough hulls!
Posted on August 15, 2012 | Filed under: Food Profile
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