March 6, 2011

adventures in baby-food-making

That's right!

I'm still in the

I was a little intimidated at first, 
but just like everything else related to babies, 
there is an infinite supply of information out there.
Surprisingly, it's so super quick and easy!

Here are a couple of different recipes to get you started.

*peel, core, and cut into chunks
*steam in a covered pot with 1 inch of water for about 7 - 10 minutes
*put them into the blender and puree until smooth
*if you need to add water, use the leftover water from cooking the pears

Sweet Potatoes
*stab them with a fork a few times and bake them at 400 until they are soft (about an hour)
*scoop out the inside into a blender
*add water 
*puree until smooth 
*add more water to get the consistency you want

You can freeze it in these handy little cups...

or you can use a specially designed for freezing baby food tray,
and you will have lots of these to put in a freezer bag.

I like them both.
The cups are great for on-the-go feeding,
and the freezer tray can be used over and over.

These are very basic recipes
that can be used for any number of fruits and vegetables.

So far, I've made
butternut squash, spaghetti squash, peas, and green beans
as well as the sweet potatoes and pears.

There are a few veggies that tend to contain a higher level of nitrates,
and it's recommended that they not be used
to make home-made baby food:
carrots, beets, spinach, and turnips

Seriously, who's going to make their baby eat turnips? 

Anyway, it's best to use it within 1 month,
but they will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Happy Baby Food Making!

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