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tigger15623 12-17-2006 02:35 PM

making own baby food Question
 
FOr you that make your own baby food, Is all i need to do is Boil what i want in till soft, I want to start with butternut Squash, Carrots and Sweet potatos any web sits or tips is there a wrong way to do it thanks for any help

worldsaver 12-17-2006 02:41 PM

Re: making own baby food Question
 
All you need to know is on this site http://wholesomebabyfood.com/

I steamed all my veggies because it holds in more nutrition. After I steamed, I used that same water to dilute it to the consistency I needed (except carrots because of the nitrates). On foods such as squash, I baked in the oven before pureeing. I froze in ice cube trays (1 oz each) before transferring to freezer bags

recipes are on that web site! When making peas, plunge straight into ice cold water after steamed to prevent them from being stringy/shelly

trimom 12-17-2006 03:00 PM

Re: making own baby food Question
 
For squash, carrots, and sweet potatoes, you can bake them. Bake the carrots and potatoes whole. For the squash, cut it in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds and yuck, smear a little butter on the exposed meat, and bake the two halves on a cookie sheet. Then mill, puree, or just smash it up with a fork. All 3 of these veg will freeze beautifully in cups or in an ice cube tray.

tigger15623 12-17-2006 08:49 PM

Re: making own baby food Question
 
thanks so much I already boiled some Sweet Potatos and squash before i did this is it still ok thanks again
christy

mrsjune 12-18-2006 12:13 AM

Re: making own baby food Question
 
Quote:

I steamed all my veggies because it holds in more nutrition. After I steamed, I used that same water to dilute it to the consistency I needed (except carrots because of the nitrates). On foods such as squash, I baked in the oven before pureeing. I froze in ice cube trays (1 oz each) before transferring to freezer bags
This is what I did when my dd was eating baby food.

pixiepunk 12-21-2006 07:13 PM

Re: making own baby food Question
 
yeah, steaming is definitely best for keeping the nutrients in the veggies. when you boil them, a lot of the good stuff ends up in the water.

have you read the Super Baby Food Book? it was like my baby food bible - and i still turn to it for healthy toddler snacks when i get in a rut.:thumbsup:

mommyto3girls 12-21-2006 07:51 PM

Re: making own baby food Question
 
To answer your question about the veggies you already boiled. Yes they are okay, but not optimal since they will have lost nutrients.

I always microwaved my sweet potatoes and carrots. Also you can get canned pumpkin already pureed. The big cans are only around $1 and you get a ton of servings from it.

evin 12-21-2006 08:19 PM

Re: making own baby food Question
 
Like pp's said, you can bake a lot of the larger foods. I baked some winter squash with cinnamon and DD loved it. Just FYI, if you're careful about your LO's sodium intake, I recommend using unsalted butter, and if you are not introducing dairy yet, you can use olive oil.

This weekend, I'm baking some zucchini with fresh thyme...we'll see how that goes!

Tess 12-21-2006 08:53 PM

Re: making own baby food Question
 
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Originally Posted by elissa (Post 545063)
All you need to know is on this site http://wholesomebabyfood.com/

I steamed all my veggies because it holds in more nutrition. After I steamed, I used that same water to dilute it to the consistency I needed (except carrots because of the nitrates). On foods such as squash, I baked in the oven before pureeing. I froze in ice cube trays (1 oz each) before transferring to freezer bags

recipes are on that web site! When making peas, plunge straight into ice cold water after steamed to prevent them from being stringy/shelly

I did this also and works great!

jlkhorn 12-21-2006 09:39 PM

Re: making own baby food Question
 
I always microwaved because you don't loose the nutrients as much. The only thing I boiled was peas because I used dry split peas. I also definitely recommend the book Super Baby Food. It's a bible for homemade baby food and is also great for snacks and things for older kids.


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